Brooklyn, NY: The Mariners fought a tough battle on Wednesday night against an improved Brooklyn College squad. The match went all five with USMMA picking up the first, fourth and last sets (26-24, 19-25, 21-25, 25-17, 15-11).
Led by a stellar performance from sophomore middle blocker Jordy Macbeth (Orlando, FL) who hit 12 kills and just 2 errors on 27 attempts, the Mariners held strong through all 5 sets. Fighting back and forth throughout the entire first set, the Mariners had three different leads of 3 points, which was the largest margin for either team throughout the set. Finishing off the Bulldogs at the end was Macbeth at the service line. A quick scoring run in the middle of the second set put the Bulldogs on the right course for the 2nd and 3rd sets, though some line up adjustments in the 4th and 5th put the Mariners on top once again.
Contributing to the match were freshman and junior setters Kayla Gleason (Sound Beach, NY) and Riley Huelbig (Poolesville, MD) with both dishing out 19 and 14 assists respectively. Gleason also added in 9 kills on 26 attempts for a 0.231 hitting percentage. Freshman middle Becca Snyder (Jacksonville, FL) added 3 kills off of digs from sophomore defensive specialist Gabby Marionakis (Royal Palm Beach, FL). Marionakis had 8 digs and 4 service aces to add to the Mariner tally. Freshman Dominique Pope (Silver Spring, MD) added 36 digs to the USMMA defense as the starting libero.
USMMA hosts Landmark Conference opponents Juniata and Susquehanna this Saturday (10/18/14) at O'Hara Hall beginning at 11:00am.