SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University volleyball team defeated Marymount (Va.) University, 3-0 (25-20, 25-23, 25-17), on Wednesday night in Capital Athletic Conference action at Maggs Physical Activities Center.
Smith registered six kills in the first set, helping the Gulls take the frame.
SU jumped out to a 3-0 lead with the help of a service ace by freshman Shannon Russell and Smith's first kill, but the Saints kept the score close, as the teams were even at 6-6.
From there, three kills from Stouffer powered an 11-4 run, as the Sea Gulls took a 17-10 lead, but Marymount would not go down without a fight, using some Salisbury attack errors to go on a 10-3 run and knot the score, 20-20.
Smith's final kill of the set gave Salisbury the lead for good, and Stouffer hit her final kill to end the game, giving Salisbury the 1-0 lead.
Marymount took an early lead in the second set, pushing the score to 12-7.
A kill by senior Tam Weems, followed by a kill from Smith, sparked a run for the Sea Gulls that tied the set, 16-16.
The score remained close for the rest of the game, and the Saints took a late 23-22 lead, but a block by Weems and Stouffer, followed by two Marymount errors, gave SU the 2-0 lead.
With the score tied, 2-2, in the final set, two straight Saint ball-handling errors gave Salisbury a 4-2 lead, a lead which the Gulls would not lose for the rest of the set.
Two kills each from junior Nikki Binetti and Smith, along with one from Stouffer, pushed the SU lead to 17-12; Stouffer tallied two more kills in the set, helping Salisbury grow its lead in the late moments and take the match.
The Sea Gulls will be on the road for their next match, traveling to Southern Virginia University on Saturday; the match is set for 4 p.m.