Mariners Monday: Volleyball

Mariners Monday: Volleyball

Season Highlights:

September 2 – O'Neal Becomes Maine Maritime's All-Time Leader in Kills as Mariners Defeat Monks

Gillian O'Neal became Maine Maritime Academy's all-time leader in kills, as Maine Maritime Academy volleyball defeated Saint Joseph's College of Maine for the first time since 2011.

The Mariners picked up the 3-0 (26-24, 25-17, 25-23) victory over the Monks.

O'Neal led the Mariners with a match-high eight kills, moving her to 1,010 career kills, which broke the previous record of 1,007 kills held by Katie Clapham. O'Neal also led the Mariners with 16 digs.

September 18 – Volleyball Wins Seventh Annual Maritime Classic

Maine Maritime Academy volleyball swept a pair of matches afternoon against SUNY Maritime and Merchant Marine Academy to win the Seventh Annual Maritime Classic. This is the Mariners first Maritime Classic victory since 2013.

In the first match of the day, the Mariners fell in the first set, but came back strong in the next three sets to take a commanding 3-1 victory over the Privateers. In the Championship match between the United States Merchant Marine and Maine Maritime Academy, MMA cruised to a 3-0 win.

September 30 - Mariners Pick Up First-Ever Win Over Chargers in Dominating Fashion

Maine Maritime Academy volleyball defeated Colby-Sawyer College 3-0 (25-23, 25-18, 25-12), in North Atlantic Conference action, claiming their first-ever victory over the Chargers in 12 meetings. The Mariners also broke a 32-game NAC unbeaten streak held by the Chargers since they entered the conference in 2011.

The Mariners held off the Chargers in the first set to win by a score of 25-23, climbing their way back from an early 9-4 deficit. The Mariners took the next two sets by scores of 25-18 and 25-12 to pick up the win.

October 26 – O'Neal Leads Mariners to First Win Over Colby Since 2011 on Senior Day

Senior Gillian O'Neal tallied a double-double of 12 kills and 12 digs to lead Maine Maritime Academy volleyball to a 3-1 (25-18, 20-25, 25-13, 25-18) non-conference victory over Colby College, the Mariners first victory over the Mules since 2011.

The Mariners picked up a 25-18 win in set one, but fell 25-20 in a closely contested second set. Maine Maritime came out strong to clinch the victory with wins in the third and fourth sets.

November 5 – CHAMPIONS!!

Maine Maritime Academy volleyball claimed the 2016 North Atlantic Conference Volleyball Championship, defeating Colby-Sawyer College, 3-1 (25-18, 25-15, 17-25, 25-23) inside of Smith Gymnasium.

The Mariners clinched their first NAC Championship since 2010, the program's fifth overall, and earned an automatic bid into the NCAA Division III Volleyball Tournament.

Other Highlights:

The Mariners dominated conference and regional awards this season. Gillian O'Neal was named the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Player of the Year, and Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Offensive Player of the Year and NAC Senior Scholar Athlete of the Year.

Freshman teammate Maria Perez was named the NAC Defensive Player of the Year, Sydney Adams earned NAC and ECAC Rookie of the Year honors and head coach Tricia Carver was named the NAC and ECAC Coach of the Year.

Sophomore Tess Clark joined O'Neal on the All-NAC First Team, both Perez and Adams were named to the All-NAC Second Team and Maggie MacMahon was named to the NAC Sportsmanship Team.

Maine Maritime won the North Atlantic Conference Championship to advance into the NCAA Division III Tournament, facing Tufts University who earned a pool c bid after falling 3-2 to Middlebury in the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Championship.

On November 11 the Maine Maritime Academy volleyball team became the first team to wear a 100% recycled uniform in the NCAA Tournament.

Match Records:

Tess Clark tied for fourth all-time in a single-match with a .650 attack percentage against Massachusetts Maritime on September 17.

Sydney Adams tied for fifth all-time in single-match with 44 assists against Eastern Connecticut State on October 29.

Alexa Cacacie tied for second all-time with most block assists in a single-match with four and tied for second all-time in total blocks in a single-match with eight against Emmanuel College on September 10. Cacacie also holds the single-match record for most blocks in a four-set match for that same performance.

Gillian O'Neal tallied 22 kills against Emmanuel College on September 10, to rank fifth all-time in a single-match (4 sets), in a category she holds the top two records for already. Against Saint Joseph's College of Maine O'Neal registered 42 attempts, tying for third most in a single-match (3 sets).

As a team the Mariners tallied 62 kills against UMaine-Fort Kent on September 25, the fourth-most in program history, also in that game the Mariners recorded the second most assists in a single-match with 57. The Mariners attempted the fourth most attacks in program history with 186 against SUNY Plattsburgh on September 10. Against Emmanuel, the Mariners tallied 16 block assists, the second most in a single-match.

In their victory over Saint Joseph's on September 2, the Mariners tallied the third most kills for a 3-set match (45).

Season Records:

Gillian O'Neal set a new single-season record for most kills (443), while teammate Tess Clark's 359 kills rank seventh all-time in a single season. O'Neal ranks fifth all-time in a single-season with 3.96 kills per set and Clark ranks 10th all time in the same category with 3.23 kills per set. This season O'Neal tallied 1047 attack attempts, the third highest in a single-season and Clark tallied 898 to rank fifth all-time in the same category.

Sydney Adams recorded 727 assists during the 2016 season, ranking fourth all-time and ranks 10th all-time in assists per set (6.43). Adams also tallied 94 service aces, ranking fourth all-time in a single season.

Maria Perez tallied 459 digs this season to rank second all-time in a single season, while Clark tallied 318 to rank eighth in the same category and O'Neal totaled 314 to rank 10th. Perez also ranked fourth all-time in digs per set (4.03).

Alexa Cacacie ranked 10th all-time with 22 solo blocks this season, and second all-time in block assists with 39. Clark set a new single-season record for block assists with 40, Adams ranked third all-time with 31 blocks assists, Alex McClure ranks fifth with 28 and Maryellyn Musselman ranks seventh all-time with 27 blocks assists. Cacacie ranks second all-time in total blocks with 61, while Clark ranks third with 59 in 2016. Cacacie holds the single-season record for most blocks per set (0.82).

O'Neal ranks third all-time in points in a single-season with 510, while Clark's 452 points in 2016 ranks fifth all-time. O'Neal also ranks sixth all-time in points per set (4.55).

As a team, the Mariners set new single-season records in kills (1,287), attack attempts (3617), assists (1,213), assists per set (10.64), block assists (189), total blocks (161.5), blocks per set (1.42), and points (1,803.5).

How They Stacked up in the NAC:

While dominating the North Atlantic Conference en route to the 2016 NAC Championship, the Mariners also dominated statistical categories, leading the conference in: aces per set, assists per set, blocks per set, hitting percentage, kills per set, assists, attacks per set, digs, kills, aces, total attacks and total blocks.

Gillian O'Neal led the NAC in kills per set, points, points per set, total attacks, and total kills. Sydney Adams led the NAC in service aces and total assists, while also leading the entire NCAA DIII in aces. Maria Perez led the NAC in total digs.