MMA Wins Third Straight NAC Volleyball Title

Castine, Maine - The Lady Mariner volleyball team hosted the North Atlantic Conference Championships on Saturday and came away victorious, beating UMaine Farmington and Husson University to win the championship. MMA beat UMF 3-0 and then ran past Husson University 3-0 to earn the NAC automatic qualifier to the NCAA Tournament.

In the first match: The #1 seeded Maine Maritime Lady Mariners beat the #4 seeded University of Maine at Farmington by the score of 3-0 (25-12, 25-17 and 25-8). The Lady Mariners controlled play from the outset sweeping the match and paving their way to the NAC Finals. Chelsea Ward (Homer, AK) dominated, collecting 18 kills, 8 aces, and 7 digs. Ward had a .562% hitting percentage and had no errors in 32 attempts. Senior Amy Young (Cumberland, ME) played well collecting 5 kills while Heather Moore (Macedon, NY) had 4 kills of her own. Jenn Dixon (Woodstock, MD) set the table for the Lady Mariners with 25 assists in the victory. Dixon and Lauren Sakahara (Bellevue, WA) each had 12 digs.

Jenna Rowan (Kittery, ME) led the Beaver attack with 8 kills and 12 digs in the loss. Katie Allen (Bucksport, ME) collected 14 assists while Shannon Mitchell (Portsmouth, NH) had 5 kills, 7 digs, and 4 blocks. With the victory MMA improves to 21-5 on the year while the Beavers season comes to an end at 10-11 overall.

In the second semi-final match of the day: The Eagles of Husson University (#2 seed) defeated the Spartans from Castleton State College (3# seed) by the score of 3-1 (23-25, 25-21, 25-22, and 26-24). The win moves the Eagles into the championship game against Maine Maritime Academy. The Eagle’s were led by Hannah Olstad (Farmington, NH) and Kaitlyn McKay who each had 12 kills. Marion Kish (Wallingford, CT) had 40 assists, while Mckay added 19 digs. The win moves the Eagles to 14-14 on the year.

Castleton State College, which ends it’s season at 14-8 was led by NAC Rookie of the Year, Ashley Kepaa (No. Attleboro, MA) who had a game high 14 kills to go along with 9 digs. Jamie Lemieux (Argyle, NY) contributed 12 kills and 9 aces while Jennifer Vibert (Farmington, CT) had a team high 20 assists. Ariel DeGregory (Schuylerville, NY) finished with 17 digs.

The championship game, featured the Lady Mariners and Husson University going head to head. This marked the third straight year these two teams have met in the NAC Championship game. MMA dominated play and won the match 3-0 (25-7, 25-16, 25-11). MMA secured the championship behind the efforts of Chelsea Ward who once again was outstanding collecting 16 kills and 7 digs. Ward, who was named the tournament Most Outstanding Player, had 34 kills and only 1 error on the day. Jenn Dixon had 31 assists while Lauren Sakahara led the team with 10 digs. Amy Young was outstanding collecting 10 kills. MMA improves to 22-5 on the season and will be advancing to the NCAA Tournament.

The loss ends Husson’s season and drops them to 14-15 overall. Kaitlyn McKay led the Eagles with 5 kills in the match and Marion Kish dished out 13 assists. Michelle Smith led the Eagles with 7 digs.

The following players were selected to the 2009 North Atlantic Conference Volleyball Championships All-Tournament Team:

Jenna Rowan – University of Maine at Farmington
Jamie Lemieux – Castleton State College
Marion Kish – Husson University
Kaitlyn McKay – Husson University
Amy Young – Maine Maritime
Jenn Dixon – Maine Maritime

Tournament MVP:
Chelsea Ward – Maine Maritime

First Round - Saturday, October 31 at higher seeds
(6) Lyndon State
at (3) Castleton 3
(5) Green Mountain
2 at (4) Farmington 3
Semifinals - Saturday, November 7 at Maine Maritime
(4) Farmington at (1) Maine Maritime
(3) Castleton at (2) Husson 3
Championship - Saturday, November 7 at Maine Maritime
(2) Husson
at (1) Maine Matirime



October 31, 2009

Farmington advances past Green Mountain in NAC Women's Volleyball First Round

FARMINGTON, Maine - The fourth-seeded University of Maine at Farmington women's volleyball team moved on in the North Atlantic Conference tournament with a 3-2 first-round victory over Green Mountain College today at Dearborn Gymnasium.

The Beavers (10-10) advanced to the NAC championship round Nov. 7 at Maine Maritime Academy. Farmington is scheduled to face the top-seeded Mariners (20-5) at 10 a.m. The Eagles ended their season at 10-12.

After winning the first two games (25-17, 25-19), Farmington needed to fend off a Green Mountain rally to advance. The Eagles took the third and fourth games (26-24, 25-14) before the Beavers notched a 15-12 win in the decided set.

Emily Beebe (South Paris, ME) and Jenna Rowan (Kittery, ME) each notched 13 kills for Farmington. The Beavers also benefited from a solid service game with 24 aces, led by Katie Allen (Bucksport, ME) and Whitney Walls (Bar Harbor, ME) with eight apiece.

Defensively, Rowan and Walls each collected 16 digs with Beebe and Caitlin Flaherty (Plymouth, MA) each earning 12 digs.

Emma Brinley-Buckley (Lakeville, CT) led Green Mountain with 19 kills, 18 digs and nine solo blocks, while Olesea Cojohari (Balti Moldova) added 11 kills and Melanie Rodriguez (Hoboken, NJ) recorded 10 kills and 20 digs.

October 25, 2009

Maine Maritime Earns Top Seed in NAC Women's Volleyball Championship

Two-time defending champion Maine Maritime will be the top seed in the upcoming North Atlantic Conference Volleyball Championship which will begin first round play Saturday, October 31. The Mariners (18-5 overall) are currently unbeaten in conference play with one contest remaining on Thursday but have secured the top seed and a first round bye in the NAC Tournament. The Mariners will host the semifinals and finals on Saturday, November 7.

Tournament action will open on Saturday, October 31 when sixth seed Lyndon State (11-13 overall, 2-5 NAC) travels to third seeded Castleton (12-7 overall, 8-10 NAC) in a first round contest. The winner will meet Husson University (13-13 overall, 6-1 NAC) in the semifinals. The Eagles earned the second seed and a first round bye.

The University of Maine Farmington (8-10 overall, 4-3 NAC) earned the fourth seed and will host fifth seed Green Mountain (10-11 overall, 3-4 NAC) on Saturday, October 31. The winner will travel to top seed Maine Maritime for the first semifinal on Saturday, November 7.

The top six teams qualify for the NAC Championship. Predetermined tiebreaking procedures were used to seed teams with identical conference winning percentages. First round games will be played on Saturday, October 31 at the higher seed. Winners will advance to the semifinals and finals held at Maine Maritime Academy on Saturday, November 7. Semifinal game times for Saturday are 10:00 am and 12:00 p.m. with the championship at 2:00 p.m. The NAC Champion receives an automatic berth to the NCAA Division III Championship.

Championship Bracket

First Round - Saturday, October 31 at higher seeds
(6) Lyndon State
  at (3) Castleton  
(5) Green Mountain
  at (4) Farmington  
Semifinals - Saturday, November 7 at Maine Maritime
Farmington/Green Mountain winner   at (1) Maine Maritime
 10:00 am
Castleton/Lyndon State winner   at (2) Husson  12:00 pm
Championship - Saturday, November 7 at Maine Maritime
Semifinal Winners at 2:00 pm