Originally published in Castine Patriot, November 18, 2021
MMA women’s top-notch volleyball, soccer seasons conclude
Maine Maritime Academy women’s volleyball fell to Susquehanna University, 3-0 (25-14, 25-11, 25-16), on November 12 in the first round of the NCAA DIII Volleyball Tournament.
Susquehanna’s quick offense led the day as they hit .399 against the Mariners, according to a MMA press release. With this loss, the Mariners conclude their season with a 19-7 record, while Susquehanna improves to 23-6 overall and will advance to the second round of the NCAA tournament.
Rachel Melampy led the Mariners with 11 kills, nine digs and one service ace. Katie Albritton recorded a game-high 18 assists, three digs and one kill, while Sydney Rich tallied 15 digs.
The MMA women’s soccer team fell to MIT, 4-0, on November 13 in the first round of the NCAA tournament.
After a scoreless 35 minutes of play, Natalie Barnouw found the back of the net for the Engineers off a loose ball to take a 1-0 lead against the Mariners going into halftime. MIT scored three more goals in the second half to claim a 4-0 win over the Mariners. With this loss, the Mariners conclude their season with an 11-7 record, while MIT improves to 20-1-1 and advances to the second round of the NCAA tournament.
In other sports news, MMA men’s basketball fell to Lesley University, 79-73, on November 12 in a non-conference matchup, according to the release. On November 13, they lost again, to Eastern Nazarene, 91-85, at the Lahue Athletic Center in Quincy, Mass.
On November 12, the women’s basketball team beat University of Southern Maine, 71-64, in the opening round of the Mariner Pepsi Invitational in Castine but lost to Springfield College on November 14, in the final round.
NAC Rookie of the Week is Markus Rameriz. NAC say he was impressive for the Mariners this weekend in two non-conference matchups. The first-year guard averaged 22 points per game, shooting 56.3 percent from the floor and 42.1 percent from beyond the arc. On November 12, Ramirez recorded a team-high 20 points, in addition to four assists and two rebounds against Lesley. Against Eastern Nazarene, the rookie established a solid career record with a game-high 24 points, along with four rebounds and four assists.