SALEM, Mass – Maritime volleyball traveled to Salem State University for the first of two conference matches this week. The Bucs were upended by the Vikings in straight sets, 3-0.
Final: Vikings 3, Buccaneers 0 (25-21, 25-9, 25-11)
Records: Mass Maritime 2-15 (0-4 MASCAC)
Salem State 1-14 (1-3 MASCAC)
For The Bucs
- Senior Captain Michelle Sheehan (Attleboro, Mass) led the Bucs with five kills in the match and added two service aces.
- Sophomore Bianca Andronic (Somerset, Mass) led the team with 11 assists. She also tied Sheehan for the team-high in service aces with two and had seven digs defensively.
- Senior Captain Christina Ruggeri (Bourne, Mass) tied for the match-high in digs with 12. Senior Captain Marie Harrison (Weymouth, Mass) had 10 digs of her own defensively to go along with three kills offensively.
- Junior Madison Coughlin (Monroe, Conn) and freshman Rebecca Cargile (Henderson, Nevada) and Hannah Tarbox (Attleboro, Mass) each tallied two kills in the match.
For The Vikings
- Sarah Janco led all players with 16 kills on the night. She also had a service ace, a block assist and three digs.
- Morgan Adams led the Vikings and the match with 31 assists to go along with three kills and nine digs.
- Michelle Le racked up four service aces for Salem to lead all players while also tying the match-high in the dig category with 12.
- Genevieve Kempster and Darcy McDowell had 11 and 10 kills respectively, helping out defensively for the Vikings.
How It Happened
The Buccaneers played well in the first set, even erasing a three-point deficit early on and going on a six-point run to take a 10-7 lead. Salem would diminish the Buccaneer lead and the game would have multiple lead changes leading up to the final few points. Maritime took a 21-20 lead late in the set but were unable to finish it off as Salem went on a 5-0 run to take the first set.
The second set did not go so as well for the Bucs. The Vikings jumped out to a 4-0 lead to begin the game and while the Bucs chipped away slowly, Salem eventually opened up a 10-point, 15-5 lead. From there, the Vikings would capitalize on some Buccaneer errors and a number of kills by McDowell and service aces from Le, scoring the next 10 of 14 points, including a five-point run and a four-point run to win the second set, 25-9.
Much like set two, things went very well for the Vikings. The hosts started the third and final set by going on a 9-0 run. Maritime got on the board but would go down 15-4 midway through the set. The Bucs went on a 3-0 run, thanks to a Salem error and two Sheehan aces to cut the score to 15-7. From there it was all Salem, scoring 10 of the final 14 points once again to win the set 25-11 and the match 3-0.
The Buccaneers will host Worcester State on Saturday, October 19th at 5pm inside the Clean Harbors Center.