NCAA DIII Volleyball Tournament First Round: Maine Maritime Academy vs. MIT

NCAA DIII Volleyball Tournament First Round: Maine Maritime Academy vs. MIT

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Friday's Match: Maine Maritime Academy (20-12) vs. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (28-2), 3:00 p.m., Wildcat Center, Johnson & Wales University, Providence, Rhode Island.

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Series History: The meeting will be the second between both squads and first since they squared off in the first round of the 2007 NCAA Tournament.  The Engineers hold the 1-0 advantage all-time. 

Last Meeting: The Mariners and Engineers last met on November 8, 2007. MIT came away with the 3-0 (30-13, 30-6, 30-14) win in the first round of the NCAA Tournament.

How They Got Here: Maine Maritime won the North Atlantic Conference (NAC) Championship Title on Saturday to advance into the national tournament, while MIT qualified for the NCAA Tournament after capturing the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship.

The Mariners: Over 32 matches, the Mariners average 12.66 digs per set, 9.98 kills per set, 8.71 assists per set, 3.59 service aces per set, and 1.01 blocks per set. 

Alexa Cacacie (Manahawkin, N.J.) leads the team with 2.74 kills per set, while Maria Perez (San Juan, Puerto Rico) leads the team with 3.91 digs per set, and Sydney Adams (Trumbull, Conn.) leads the team with 7.84 assists per set. 

Maine Maritime secured their second-straight North Atlantic Conference title and sixth overall. The Mariners swept No. 4 New England College, 25-12, 25-19, 25-17, in the NAC semifinals before defeating No. 3 Colby-Sawyer College, 25-21, 14-25, 25-18, 25-13, in the championship. 

The Engineers: Over 30 matches, the Engineers average 14.94 digs per set, 12.92 kills per set, 12.05 assists per set, 2.32 service aces per set, and 1.78 blocks per set. 

Abby Bertics leads the team with 4.00 kills per set, while Carly Silvernale leads the team with 3.82 digs per set, and Andie Maloney leads the team with 9.92 assists per set.

MIT qualified for a program-record fourth-consecutive NCAA Tournament after capturing its second NEWMAC Championship in a row on Sunday. As the No. 1 seed, the Engineers defeated No. 4 Wheaton College, 10-25, 25-15, 21-25, 25-20, 15-10, in the semifinals and then swept No. 3 Wellesley College, 25-23, 25-15, 25-21, in the title match. 

The Other Matches: In addition to the host Wildcats, the rest of the New England Regional bracket features Elms College, Tufts University, UMass Boston, Wellesley College, and Wesleyan University.

Tufts and UMass Boston square off at 12:30 pm. Wesleyan and Wellesley will play at 5:30 pm and Johnson & Wales and Elms will play at 8:00 pm.

Tickets: Tickets are $6 for adults, $4 for seniors and students, $3 for children (12-under) and children under two are free. Tickets sales are cash only and can be purchased the day of the game at the Wildcat Center.

For the Printable (PDF) Tournament Bracket - click HERE.
For the NCAA Selection Release - click HERE