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Volleyball Opens up at Home with a Commanding Sweep Over Medgar Evers

Throggs Neck, NY - The Maritime College women's volleyball team opened up Riesenberg Hall Gymnasium with a bang in the 2018 season by sweeping Medgar Evers 25-15, 25-19, 25-20. The Privateers defense was all over the Cougars attack for the entire match, holding them to a -.015 hitting percentage. Meredith Hayes (Houston, Texas/St. Agnes Academy) helped get Maritime rolling early on by picking up two aces as they jumped out to a quick 6-2 lead. The Privateers continued to take advantage on offense by spreading the ball around the entire offense. All five attackers recorded a kill in the opening set,and sophomore setter Erika Kirchner (Meadowmere Park, N.Y./Lawrence) put down a kill of her own to finish off the first set with a 25-15 win. The second set was a game of momentum shifts as the Privateers leaped in front 15-2 behind strong serving from Kirchner, Hayes, and Abigail Steele. However, after trading points to get to 17-5, the Cougars went on a 13-0 run and took an 18-17 lead. Despite the massive run from Medgar Evers, Maritime was able to remain calm and refocus. A kill by Celyna Custodio () tied up the set and the Privateers were able to find their rhythm again behind some great energy provided by the fans as they ran five straight points for a 22-18 lead. The final push from Maritime was too much for the Cougars to overcome and they fell in the second set 25-19. "I think the crowd really helped us," said Abigail Steele. "I feel like as more of them came the more energy they brought to the court. They had a bunch of chants going, they were screaming for us, and I think it really helped us bring our attitude up on the court." The third set started off as a back and forth affair, but after an ace from Rylee Malone (Southington, Conn./University High School of Science & Engineering) and two straight kills from Kayla Steele (Howard Beach, N.Y./Construction), the Privateers appeared to be in command of the match with an 11-7 lead. Once again, Medgar Evers was able to fight back, this time winning six of seven points to take a 13-12 lead and steal the momentum from Maritime. The Cougars and Privateers continued to battle each other, but three consecutive errors from Medgar Evers at 21-18 hampered their ability to complete the comeback and Maritime walked away with a 25-20 victory. "I think it feels great to open up at home with a win," said Abigail Steele. "We set an expectation for ourselves to win and we reached that expectation. It set a really positive beginning for the rest of the season and I hope we can follow through with the rest of our games like we did today." Hayes led the team offensively with 10 kills on 15 attempts for a .467 hitting percentage, while Abigail Steele was close behind with eight kills. Kirchner distributed the ball well for the Privateers and finished with a match-high 22 assists. Hayes, Steele, and Kirchner also chipped in a combined 11 aces. Defensivley, Abigail Solomos was solid on the back line and led Maritime with seven digs. The Privateers match with Yeshiva University on Thursday, Sep. 13 has been canceled, but they will get back on the court at Riesenberg Hall Gymnasium on Saturday, Sep. 15 for a tri-match where they will play host to Rutgers-Newark and Baruch.

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