HOBOKEN, N.J. (Sept. 19, 2018) – On Wednesday night, the USMMA women's volleyball team faced Stevens Institute on the road in a rematch of the 2017 NCAA first-round matchup. The Mariners lost to the Ducks in straight sets, 25-19, 25-23 and 25-9. In defeat, Merchant Marine falls to 2-4 on the season, while Stevens improves to 11-3.
Once again, freshman Taylor Gilbertson (Phoenix, Ariz.) led the Mariners offensively with 11 kills to go along with five digs on the back row, while classmate Brittney Pinzon (Fullerton, Calif.) dished out a match-high 21 assists and registered six digs. Junior libero Nicole Ibinson (Fredericksburg, Va.) picked up a team-best eight digs and senior Kate Lefler (Norman, Okla.) chipped in with seven kills. Freshman Cadee Fromm (Enid, Okla.) was a presence at the net, leading USMMA with three blocks.
The Ducks had two players record double-digit kills in the match, with junior Taleen Mitchell leading all players in the match with 15 kills on a .444 hitting percentage (15k-3e-27a) and junior Sara Hain registering 10 kills, also at a .444 hitting clip (10k-2e-18a). Hain also put down a match-high five blocks on the night. Senior setter Brianna Perez had 20 assists while freshman Elizabeth Chu picked up a match-high 17 digs.
Up next, the Mariners will compete in the Ninth Annual Maritime Classic this weekend, hosted by SUNY Maritime. They will face the host Privateers on Friday night, Sept. 21, at 6 p.m. at the Riesenberg Gymnasium, and conclude the tournament on Saturday against Maine Maritime at 1 p.m. and Mass. Maritime at 3 p.m. Live stats and live video feeds will be available for all three matches and links will be found on the USMMA Women's Volleyball Schedule Page.
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