Massachusetts Maritime Volleyball Women Drop Opener

BUZZARDS BAY — Junior Marissa Turner (Coventry, RI) registered 11 kills, five digs and three service aces to lead Becker to a 3-0 non-league college volleyball victory over Massachusetts Maritime by game scores of 25-13, 25-13 and 25-10 in a match played Thursday evening at the Clean Harbors Athletic Center.

Emma Ethier and the Massachusetts Maritime Academy women's volleyball team dropped their season-opener to Becker Thursday night. MMA Athletics Photo

Emma Ethier and the Massachusetts Maritime Academy women’s volleyball team dropped their season-opener to Becker Thursday night.
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Freshman Kayla Dupree (North Bergen, NJ) added seven kills, six service aces and four digs in the triumph for the visiting Hawks (1-1), who also received five kills from junior Cheyenne Melanson (Sandown, N.H.) as well as 17 set assists and nine digs from sophomore Charlene Landry (Gorham, ME).  Senior Samantha Caouette (Montague, MA) chipped in with three kills for Becker, which also received eight digs from freshman Brittany Bullis (Stafford, VA).

Senior Emily Calnan (Hingham, MA) notched six kills in the season-opening setback for the host Buccaneers (0-1), which also marked the head coaching debut of Hyannis native and former Barnstable High standout Melanie Appleman.  Freshman Jennifer Roy (Attleboro, MA) added a pair of kills for Massachusetts Maritime, which also received four digs each from senior Charleen Klangos (Lowell, MA) and junior Emma Ethier (Norton, MA), three set assists from junior Melissa Harris (Scituate, MA) and a pair of service aces from freshman Kaleigh Hoffman (Noblesville, IN).

Massachusetts Maritime hosts Suffolk in a non-league outing on Tuesday evening at the Clean Harbors Athletic Center beginning at 7:00 pm., while Becker hosts WPI in a non-league match on Saturday morning in Leicester, Mass. that begins at 10:00 am.

The loss to Becker nevertheless begins a new era for Massachusetts Maritime volleyball this season, as first year Head Coach Melanie Appleman takes over the coaching reins with hopes of enjoying the same high level of success that she experienced as a player both at Barnstable High School and at Bridgewater State.  The Buccaneer rookie mentor has a solid mix of returning veterans and talented newcomers in the fold for her inaugural campaign, including six letterwinners from last season.

Here’s a look at how things are shaping up for the 2015 edition of Buccaneer Volleyball:

HITTERS/BLOCKERS.  Senior co-captain Charleen Klangos (Lowell, MA/Notre Dame-Tyngsboro) led Massachusetts Maritime with 73 kills in 2014, as she returns on the outside after also collecting 140 digs and 22 service aces.   Junior Meaghan Brain (Hanson, MA/Whitman-Hanson) also shined on the outside a year ago with 49 kills and a team-leading 27 service aces, while fellow junior Melissa Harris (Scituate, MA/Scituate) lends additional experience after notching 30 kills and 120 digs in the middle.  Senior Emily Calnan (Hingham, MA/Hingham) will also serve as a Buccaneer co-captain along with Klangos, as she brings size and experience to the middle after recording 20 kills and eight digs last fall, while freshmen Emily Noyes (East Freetown, MA/Apponequet), Jennifer Roy (Attleboro, MA/North Attleboro) and Alexandra Meighan (Quincy, MA/North Quincy) will also look to impact Appleman’s attack during their inaugural collegiate campaigns.

SETTERS:  Junior Emma Ethier (Norton, MA/Norton) looks to run the Buccaneer offense this fall, as she registered 42 set assists to go with six service aces and 46 digs during the 2014 season.  Klangos and freshman Kaleigh Hoffman (Noblesville, ID/Noblesville) will also see time at the setting position for Massachusetts Maritime during the 2015 campaign.

LIBERO/DEFENSIVE SPECIALISTS:  Junior Stephanie O’Connor (Westwood, MA/Westwood) has been the Buccaneers’ top defensive performer over the last two seasons, as she notched a team-leading 226 digs as a sophomore while chipping in with 12 set assists and four service aces last year.  Fellow junior Cassidy Nice(Carver, MA/Carver) added 28 digs, eight service aces and five kills in 2014 for Massachusetts Maritime, which will also look for contributions on the defensive side from freshmen Jenelle Miller (Scituate, MA/Scituate) and Sarah Karentz (Fort Lauderdale, FL/Fort Lauderdale).

SCHEDULE:  Massachusetts Maritime will take on a 25-match regular season slate this fall, including six Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference contests as well as the Sixth Annual Maritime Classic during the weekend of September 19-20 with SUNY-Maritime, Maine Maritime and host Merchant Marine.  The Buccaneers will play eight matches inside the friendly confines of the Clean Harbors Athletic Center and will once again battle Pine Manor in a five-game season series set.

— Story provided by Massachusetts Maritime Academy Director of Sports Information Jim Seavey. Edited by Capecod.com Sports Editor Sean Walsh. His email is seanwalsh@ccb-media.com. Follow him on Twitter @coachwalshccbm

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