Kings Point, NY: Homecoming 2014 was a shining day for the United States Merchant Marine Women's Volleyball Program in two matches at O'Hara Hall. The USMMA women's program won two matches this Saturday as they played host to the Medgar Evers College Cougars (3-18) and the Manhattanville College Valiants (10-13).
The first match up of the day was a quick 3 set sweep by the USMMA team over Medgar Evers (25-5, 25-6, 25-8) as the Mariners hosted their annual DigPink match to raise awareness about breast cancer. In the final match, KP took Manhanhattanville to an exciting 5 set match that ended with a decisive win (23-25, 25-16, 20-25, 25-16, 15-5). These wins rendered USMMA 15-6 (.714) on the season.
Merchant Marine opened up the day with an strong 19-4 lead in the first set against Medgar Evers. The team would go on to open the second and third in a similar fashion with a controlling presence. Overall, the Mariners attacked at a .282 hitting percentage, racked up 20 service aces as a team, and put away 15 kills.
In the second match for the Mariners they opened up a quick 7-3 lead over the Valiants beginning with a kill from senior outside Cassandra Palma (Loomis, CA) and an ace from freshmen setter Kayla Gleason (Sound Beach, NY). A strong offense lead by Valiants' outside hitter #8 Alyssa Primavera helped the Manhattanville squad progress through the teens and take the lead at the very end. USMMA lead at 19-16 but gave up some crucial points and lost the first 25-23. Set two saw a much closer score tied and back and forth all the way to 11-11. USMMA lit the fire and attacked relentlessly to open up a 19-12 lead and finished 25-16.
In the third set, Manhattanville took control around 10-5 and didn't let up. Michelle Danhof (junior outside hitter from San Antonio, TX) contributed for the USMMA offense on the match at 10 kills, 2 errors and 29 total attempts at a .276 clip in the first three sets that she played. In the 4th and 5thsets KP used freshman outside hitter Liz Grove (Winchester, VA) who hit 5-1-15 at 0.267 and stepped up in a big way to help the team win the fourth 25-16 as they scored the set point with a block from senior middle blocker Jennifer Perkins (N. Attleboro, MA).
To finish off the match, the USMMA team carried their fourth set momentum to a 8-1 lead at the switch. With authority, tenacity, and class the mariners finished the 5th hitting 0.500 and holding Manhattanville to a -.154 hitting percentage for a 15-5 win.
The USMMA volleyball team heads to Sarah Lawrence College to take on the Gryphons in a non-conference match at 7:00pm on Monday 10/13/14.