Mariners Fall to Gordon and Wesleyan

Mariners Fall to Gordon and Wesleyan

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Maine Maritime Academy volleyball fell to a pair of tough non-conference opponents on Saturday afternoon. The Mariners fell to Gordon College 3-0 and Wesleyan 3-0 in the final day of the Johnson & Wales University Invitational.

Gordon College 3 – Maine Maritime 0 (25-20, 33-31, 26-24)

The Mariners and Fighting Scots (3-4) battled back-and-forth in the first set, with Gordon taking the first four points and the Mariners responding with four-straight to make it 4-4. Maine Maritime put together three-consecutive points, led by two aces from Hannah Butland (Cumberland, Maine), to cut Gordon's lead to 22-20, but the Fighting Scots used a three-point run to take the first set 25-20.

The second set proved to be just as competitive with both teams swapping the lead numerous times until Gordon claimed the set victory by a narrow 33-31 advantage. Gordon scored five-straight to build an 8-3 lead in the final set. The Mariners fought back and held a 24-23 lead late in the set but the Fighting Scots scored three-straight to take the 26-24 set win and the 3-0 match victory.

Freshman Jessica D'Auria (Hopewell Junction, N.Y.) led the Mariners with 11 kills, eight digs, five aces and two assists and sophomore Sydney Adams (Trumbull, Conn.) tallied a match-high 27 assists, while adding seven digs, seven kills, two aces and two blocks.

Mackenzie Hinds and Amanda Snyder led Gordon with 13 kills each, Hinds added a team-high six digs, Ashlyn Gergins led the team with 26 assists and Sophia Scola picked up a team-high four aces.

Wesleyan (Conn.) 3 – Maine Maritime 0 (25-14, 25-12, 25-15)

The Cardinals (4-0) went on a 10-point run to take the first set, 25-14. In the second set, Wesleyan used a 12-2 run midway through the set to take a 2-0 match lead and despite a 6-2 run by the Mariners in the third set, the Cardinals took the 25-15 victory, to claim the 3-0 win.

Sophomore Maggie MacMahon (Boise, Idaho) led the Mariners with nine kills and three digs, Sydney Adams tallied a double-double with 18 assists and 10 digs, while also adding two kills, two blocks and an ace. Sophomore Maria Perez (San Juan, Puerto Rico) added 10 digs, two assists and an ace, and was named to the JWU Invitational All-Tournament Team.

Madeleine Lundberg led the Cardinals with eight kills, Phia Bellizzi added a match-high 14 digs and three aces, and Grace Rose and Kaira Muraoka-Robertson each contributed 11 assists.

The Mariners fall to 3-5 overall and will return to action on Wednesday, September 13, when they travel to Bangor to face Husson University in a non-conference matchup at 7:00 pm.