CASTINE, Maine -- Maine Maritime Academy advanced to an eighth-straight North Atlantic Conference Women's Volleyball Tournament semifinal appearance with a 3-1 win over the University of Maine at Farmington, Saturday afternoon at Margaret Chase Smith Gymnasium. Set scores for the Mariners were 25-18, 28-26, 24-26, 25-21.
The loss closed the books on UMaine-Farmington's 2012 season with a 5-18 record. Maine Maritime improved to 12-10, and advances to a semifinal matchup with Husson University on Friday, Nov. 2, at Colby-Sawyer College.
Sophomore middle Nicole Osborne (Calais, Maine/Calais) paced the Beavers with 10 kills on 31 swings with a .194 hitting percentage, and she finished the night with 11.0 points – tied for second-most in a match this season. Among her 10 terminations was a kill to clinch UMaine-Farmington's 26-24 win in set three.
Junior Jen Vadnais (Arundel, Maine/Biddeford) logged five kills with three service aces and four total blocks, charting 10.5 points for the match. Outside hitter Jennifer Tupper (Lamoine, Maine/Ellsworth) had four kills and a match-high 19 digs, while fellow outside hitter Julia Christie (Lamoine, Maine/Mount Desert Island) had four aces with one kill and two block assists to finish with 6.0 points.
Playing in her final collegiate match, Whitney Walls (Bar Harbor, Maine/Mount Desert Island) peeled off five service aces. That moved the senior setter into second place among UMaine-Farmington career service aces leaders with 196, passing Katie Allen (2007-10) with 195. Walls also put down three kills, logged 16 assists, and turned up 12 digs for her first double-double of the season in her final match.
For Maine Maritime, Ariel Knights had four kills in the first set to help get the Mariners a 1-0 lead, and finished the match with 16 kills. Jess Menges (six aces), Jennifer Dixon (40 assists) also recorded match highs for the Mariners while Samantha Tumolo had a team-high 17 digs.