HAVERFORD, Pa. – The Salisbury University volleyball team completed day one of the Haverford College/Swarthmore College Tournament on Saturday evening, falling to Stevenson University in its first match, before defeating City College of New York to close out the day.
Stevenson 3, Salisbury 2 (12-25, 25-20, 25-27, 25-11, 15-9)
The Sea Gulls fell in their opening match of the day in a five-set back-and-forth match with Stevenson. Salisbury took the first set and the third set, but Stevenson won the fourth to force the fifth on the way to the victory.
Salisbury 3, CCNY 0 (25-8, 25-8, 25-12)
Salisbury rebounded to take the second match of the day, downing CCNY in a three-set sweep. The Sea Gulls opened the first set quickly with a 10-3 run to take the lead and never looked back. Following two Beaver errors, Pierson tallied a service ace, and Stouffer added two kills to make the score 5-2 for Salisbury.
Salisbury built the advantage to double digits after two more Stouffer kills made it 15-5. Stouffer put down two more kills in the set, while freshman Gianna Savarese notched the first two kills of her collegiate career, before the Gulls went on to a 25-8 first-set victory.
Stouffer's first kill of the second set began a 9-0 opening stretch for Salisbury, again getting off to a fast start. The run was powered by five service aces from junior Shannon Russell, including a spurt of four straight.
Freshman Kelly Surkovich pushed the lead to 11-3 with her first-career kill, and the advantage reached double figures on a Venturelli kill at 13-3. Venturelli added two more kills in the game, and freshman Madison Lim tallied her first collegiate service ace to lead the Gulls to another 25-8 set win for a 2-0 match lead.
Russell continued her strong serving in the third set, hitting three more service aces in the Gulls' first-five points. Stouffer added a kill and Franz notched an ace, as Salisbury started the set on a 6-1 run.
Stouffer put down two more kills, before three kills from White and two from Venturelli helped the Sea Gulls build the lead up to 15-6.
Russell added one more service ace in the final points, helping the team to a 25-12 final set for the 3-0 sweep. She tallied a career-high 10 service aces in the match.
Stouffer led the way with 10 kills, while Venturelli added six, and White and Savarese each notched five.
Pierson and sophomore Alexis Howatt each dished out 13 assists, while Franz's five digs led the team.
The Sea Gulls will continue the tournament on Sunday at Swarthmore College, squaring off against Cabrini College at 10 a.m.