Recap written by Sabrina Polidoro.
KINGS POINT, N.Y. (Sept. 15, 2019) – The USMMA women's volleyball team blanked SUNY Maritime, 3-0, Sunday afternoon in the finale of the 10th Annual Maritime Classic at the Liebertz Gymnasium. The final set scores were 25-14, 25-8, and 25-22. With the win, the Mariners improved to 4-5 on the season, while the Privateers dropped to 2-7 overall.
Freshman Paige Smith (Virginia Beach, Va.) compiled an impressive stat line with 20 kills, nine aces, six digs, and three blocks, accounting for 30.5 points over the match. Sophomore Cadee Fromm (Enid, Oka.) hit at a .545 clip with seven kills and a match-high five total blocks. Senior Kyleigh Kappas (Parker, Colo.) picked up nine digs and dished out 33 assists.
For their performances over the three matches this weekend, Smith and Kappas were selected to the All-Maritime Classic Team.
The Mariners opened strong in the first set, pulling away 6-2 and never looking back. Six unanswered points beginning with a Privateers attack error and ending on back-to-back kills from Smith put USMMA ahead 13-4. The Mariners ended the set on a 5-1 run, with kills from senior Nicole Ibinson (Fredericksburg, Va.) and Smith, and blocks from sophomore Caroline Elliott (Ridgewood, N.J.) and Smith.
USMMA continued its momentum straight into the second set, limiting SUNY Maritime to just eight points overall. The Privateers scored their last point of the set off a kill by Celyna Custodio that made it 12-8. The Mariners then produced 13-straight points to close out the set, 25-8, on back-to-back aces served up by Smith. In total, Smith had four aces during the run and sophomore Brittney Pinzon (Fullerton, Calif.) and Fromm added points in the form of a kill and block, respectively.
The Privateers were not ready to head back over the Throgs Neck Bridge just yet, however. SUNY Maritime had a new found energy in the third, and eventual final set. Prior to the third set, the match yielded just one tie. Then the two teams battled nearly point-for-point with eight stalemates before the Mariners could take the advantage for good. Tied for the last time at 9-9, USMMA put together a 6-1 rally to claim a 15-10 lead. Although the Privateers fought to chip away at the gap, the Mariners were able to keep them at bay and tried to maintain at least a three-point edge, until a 4-0 run and a kill from Eagleton made it a 20-18 score. The score got no closer than that in the final rallies, though. A kill from Smith brought the Mariners to match-point, and Fromm closed out the match with a kill of her own for the 25-22 victory.
For the Privateers, Custodio had four kills and one block. Ericka Kirschner posted eight assists and two aces, while Kathryn Solinksy and Meghan Eagleton added three kills each.
Up next, USMMA women's volleyball returns to action on Tuesday, Sept. 17, 2019 when they host Yeshiva University in their Skyline Conference-opener at the Liebertz Gymnasium. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. Live stats and a live video feed for the match will be available with links on the USMMA Women's Volleyball Schedule Page.
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