VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Women's Volleyball) – On the last day of the 2017 United State Collegiate Athletic Association Volleyball Championship Tournament, the Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College Pomeroy women's volleyball team competed against two tough opponents. SMWC went head to head with the University of Maine – Fort Kent and defeated the Bengals in three sets with scores of 25-16, 25-19, and 25-22. After handling Maine-Fort Kent with ease, the Pomeroys took on an old foe in Florida College for the national title. Saint Mary of the Woods College played great defensively but couldn't stop the Falcons. SMWC fell to FC in five sets with scores of 25-23, (22-25), (20-25), 25-23, and (12-15).
In their semi-final match with the Bengals, McKenzi Kumpf recorded 14 kills while Monica Mack finished the match with 10. The assist leader was Katelyn Cotter with 35. Pamela Dorman led the defense with 10 digs. Gabriella Slagle contributed two blocks.
As a team, SMWC finished with 42 kills, 39 assists, and 37 digs.
Maine – Fort Kent was led by Adriana Gutierrez with eight kills and 10 digs. The assist leader was Haley West with 21.
Together, the Bengals finished the match with 24 kills, 24 assists, and 40 digs.
Against the Falcons in the USCAA title game, Monica Mack led the way with 12 kills and eight blocks. She was closely followed by McKenzi Kumpf with 11 kills, 12 digs, and five block assists. Not to be outdone, Meagan White racked up 10 kills. The table was set for the Pomeroys by Katelyn Cotter as she recorded 42 assists. Defensively, the leader was Pamela Dorman with 37 digs. Madeline Howes and Mary Alvanos contributed 11 digs.
Collectively, SMWC finished with 46 kills, 42 assists, and 85 digs.
Florida College was led by Rachel Tharp with 22 kills and 23 digs. Abigail Hodges recorded 15 kills while Victoria Truehart accumulated 14 kills and 13 digs. The assist leader for the Falcons was Baylee Gunter with 60. Elisa Lemerond led the defense with 37 digs.
As a team, FC finished the match with 71 kills, 69 assists, and 95 digs.
Mack and Kumpf were named to the USCAA All-Tournament team for their prolific performances throughout the week.
Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College closes their season with a 21-14 record and runner up honors for the USCAA National title.