Maine Maritime Academy volleyball fell to Tufts University 3-0 (25-14, 25-8, 25-17) on Friday night in the First Round of the NCAA Division III Tournament.
Tufts put together a 6-1 run midway through the first set to take a 17-8 lead and claim the first set 25-14. The Jumbos jumped out to a quick 11-3 lead in the second set, taking a 2-0 lead with a 25-8 set win.
The Mariners continued to battle, taking an 11-10 lead in the third set following a kill by senior Gillian O'Neal (Burbank, Calif.) and an attack error by Tufts. The Jumbos tied things up at 11-11, and built a 17-12 lead. The Mariners answered with a kill by O'Neal to close the deficit to four points but Tufts hung on for the 25-17 victory.
O'Neal ended the evening with eight kills, breaking the single-season kills record with 443 this season, four digs and an ace. Tess Clark (Spring, Texas) tallied eight kills of her own, while adding five digs and teammate Maria Perez (San Juan, Puerto Rico) led all players with 14 digs. Sydney Adams (Trumbull, Conn.) recorded a match-high 16 assists, while also adding six digs, two kills and an ace.
McKenzie Humann led Tufts with six kills, while teammates Mackenzie Bright and Maddie Stewart recorded five kills each. Brigid Bell tallied a team-high 10 digs, and Kelly Klimo added nine digs. Rachel Furash recorded a team-high 13 assists, and Alexandra Garrett led all players with five aces.
The Mariners conclude their season at 22-9 overall, while Tufts improves to 25-3 and will play UMass. Boston tomorrow at 4:00 p.m., in the NCAA Regional Semifinal.
--Courtesy of Maine Maritime Sports Information