POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y: The Marist volleyball team will be hitting the road this weekend to play Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) teams, Iona and Manhattan. The Red Foxes will play the Gaels Saturday at 3 p.m. and the Jaspers on Sunday at 6 p.m. at the College of Mount St. Vincent.
Last time out: Last weekend the Red Foxes split their two home games. On Saturday, Marist played a hard fought match, but came up short losing to Fairfield, 3-1 (23-25, 25-17, 18-25, 18-25). On Sunday the Red Foxes came up with a big win over Quinnipiac, 3-0 (25-13, 25-16, 25-17).
Versus Fairfield: Junior Mackenzie Stephens (Holland, Mich.) and sophomore Kelsey Lahey (Bowling Green, Ohio) led the Marist offense with 14 kills apiece. Sophomore Courtney Shaw (Centennial, Co.) had eight kills and two solo blocks. Junior Marisa Gilbert (Pflugerville, Texas) had five kills and four total blocks. Senior Audra Brady (Allentown, Pa.) had 40 assists to go along with 15 digs, four kills and three total blocks. Junior Brooke Zywick (Garden City, Mich.) led the Marist defense with 19 digs while junior Becca Jones (Arlington, Va.) contributed 14 digs.
Versus Quinnipiac: Sophomore Courtney Shaw (Centennial, Colo.) had eight kills, while junior Becca Jones (Arlington, Va.) had six kills and 11 digs. Senior Audra Brady (Allentown, Pa.) had 29 assists, three kills and six digs. Junior Mackenzie Stephens (Holand, Mich.) had four kills and two blocks, and junior Marisa Gilbert (Pflugerville, Texas) had two kills and three total blocks. Junior Brooke Zywick (Garden City, Mich.) led Marist with 14 digs while freshman Lexi Millington (Manhattan Beach, Calif.) had nine to go along with two aces.
Marist in the MAAC: Marist is currently ranked fourth in the MAAC, and also rank near the top in many MAAC team statics. The Red Foxes are first the following, hitting percentage (.220), opponent hitting percentage (.162), assists per set (12.61), kills per set (13.30) and service aces per set (1.65). Individually, several Red Foxes are also atop multiple statistical categories. Two players are in the top 10 in hitting percentage led by Stephens who is second in the conference at .318 and Shaw is sixth at .253. Marist also has three players who are in the top 10 for kills per set, Stephens leads the group in third with 3.12, Hill is fifth with 2.76 and Lahey is sixth with 2.75.
Additionally, Millington leads the MAAC with a .57 aces per set average, which puts her in a tie for seventh nationally. Zywick is tops in the conference with 4.97 digs per set, ranking 32th overall in the country. Brady leads all setters in the MAAC, coming in at an average of 10.94 sets per match. That average is also good for 30th in all of Division I.
Scouting Iona: The Gaels enter Saturday with an overall record of 8-12 and a 6-4 MAAC conference record. Iona has been on a 2-0 victory streak with their wins coming against Rider and Saint Peter’s last weekend. Three players lead the Gaels offensively as Catrina Warren (261), Taylor Cembalisty (189), and Alicja Pawelec (160) all have over 100 kills. Natalie Ziskin is Iona’s primary setter, averaging 10.48 assists per set.
Scouting Manhattan: The Jaspers enter Sunday with an overall record of 15-9 and an 8-2 MAAC conference record. Manhattan’s last win came Wednesday against Fairleigh Dickinson winning in 3 sets. Three players for the Jaspers lead the team offensively with over 200 kills so far this season, Malia McGuinness (251), Sydney Volovski (240), and Ellie Wiekamp (233). Teodora Peric is Manhattan’s primary setter, averaging 7.67 assist per set. The team’s primary libero is Allie Yamashiro, she averages 4.45 digs per set.