SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University volleyball team will begin its postseason play on Tuesday night, traveling to Marymount (Va.) University for a 7 p.m., first-round Capital Athletic Conference tournament match.
How we got here
The Sea Gulls finished out the regular season on a five-match winning streak to earn the sixth seed in the conference tournament. SU traveled to Frostburg State University on Saturday, needing a victory to earn a spot in the tournament, getting the win with a three-set sweep. Sophomore Katie Stouffer led the team with 14 kills, while freshman Samantha Chubb led the Gulls with three total blocks and set a career-high 10 kills. Senior Nikki Binetti tallied five service aces in the match.
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How they got here
The third-seeded Saints finished the season with a 7-2 mark in the CAC, while defeating University of Mary Washington on Saturday to earn the No. 3 spot in the tournament. Morgan McAlpin led Marymount with nine kills in the match.
Overall, Salisbury holds a 28-9 all-time advantage over Marymount, including a 15-7 mark in the conference. In the past 10 matches, the Gulls have won nine, with the lone loss coming earlier this season. In CAC tournament play, the teams have met four times, with Salisbury coming out on top in three of the meetings. Most recently, the Sea Gulls used a 3-0 sweep on November 4, 2012 to win the conference title.
The last time we met
Earlier this season, the Sea Gulls traveled to Marymount, falling in four sets, 3-1. The match was close, with three of the sets being decided by only two points and the final set reaching extra points (30-28); the final scores were 25-23, 23-25, 25-14, 30-28. Three Sea Gulls notched double-digit kills in the match, as senior Julie Poston (17) and sophomores Shannon Russell (13) and Stouffer (11) led the team.
Taking flight at the right time
Salisbury caught fire late in the season, just in time to reach the conference tournament and preserve a chance to win the program's ninth CAC championship. Winning their final five regular-season matches, the Gulls were able to get a 5-4 record in the CAC for the sixth spot in the conference.
Marymount enters tonight's match with a 26-9 overall record and a 7-2 record in the conference. They are led by Emileigh Rettig's 349 kills, as she also ranks second on the team with 401 digs. The defense is led by Cassidie Watson with 507 digs.
The winner of tonight's game will move on to a CAC semifinal game at second-seeded Southern Virginia University. The game will take place on Thursday, November 6, with the time to be determined.