Sea Gulls complete weekend tournament, defeat Haverford in second match

Sea Gulls complete weekend tournament, defeat Haverford in second match

HAVERFORD, Pa. – The Salisbury University volleyball team finished the Haverford College/Swarthmore College Tournament on Sunday, falling to Cabrini College in its first match, before defeating Haverford in the second match.

Cabrini 3, Salisbury 2 (25-18, 25-21, 20-25, 19-25, 16-14)

The Sea Gulls opened the first set on a 4-1 run, taking advantage of a kill by junior Katie Stouffer and a block by sophomore Sydney Davis and junior Colleen White.

However, a 5-0 Cavaliers' run flipped the score 6-4, giving Cabrini a lead that it would hold for the rest of the first set.

Trailing 20-11, a kill from sophomore Alexis Howatt sparked a 7-3 spurt for the Sea Gulls. A kill by sophomore Samantha Chubb capped the stretch to get Salisbury back within five, 23-18, but Cabrini grabbed the final two points for the 1-0 lead.

Three kills from Stouffer again gave the Gulls an early lead in the second set at 4-2. Stouffer finished the match with 29 kills to lead the team and set the record for sixth-most kills in a match in program history.

After the Cavaliers took the lead with a 4-0 run, neither team was able to build more than a two-point lead, until Cabrini took 23-17 advantage, eventually going on for the win and a 2-0 match edge.

The third set began with Cabrini taking the early lead at 8-4 and holding it until the score was 15-13.

From there, the Sea Gulls ripped off a 9-1 run to flip the score to a 22-16 advantage.

Freshman Nicole Venturelli tallied a kill, followed by a service ace from senior Kacey Franz, to grab the lead at 17-16. Stouffer also notched a kill in the run, before adding two more in the final points of the set, as the Gulls cut into the Cavailiers' match lead at 2-1.

Neither team was able to gain early control in the fourth set, as the Sea Gulls worked to force a fifth. Tied 8-8, Venturelli and Stouffer tallied a kill, each, in a 3-0 spurt to take an 11-8 lead.

Stouffer added four more kills to help push the lead to 16-11, and Venturelli put down two more of her own to further increase the advantage to 21-13. The pair continued its strong play with another kill each, as the Gulls took the fourth set 25-19.

The fifth set began on a 7-3 Salisbury run. With the score tied 3-3, junior Shannon Russell notched a kill, sophomore Rachel Pierson added two kills, and Venturelli and Chubb tallied a block to grab the advantage.

The Cavaliers used a 12-7 stretch to take a 14-12 lead, but Venturelli powered a 2-0 run with a kill, her 17th of the match, to tie the score. However, Cabrini added the final two points to take the match 3-2.

Franz finished the match with 21 digs to lead the team, while Pierson led with 34 assists.

Salisbury  3, Haverford  1 (25-22, 25-23, 22-25, 25-19)

The Sea Gulls rebounded with a four-set win over Haverford, taking the first two sets. The Fords were able to grab the third set to force the fourth, as the Gulls were able to go on to victory in that set.

Stouffer used another strong effort to lead the team with 20 kills, while Venturelli added 10.

Franz set a career high with 33 digs to lead the team in the match; junior Gina Fischetti also set a career high with 14 digs, finishing second on the team.

A third career high was set by Pierson with 48 assists against the Fords.

The Sea Gulls return to action on Monday, September 7, returning home to Maggs Physical Activities Center to host Johns Hopkins University at 1 p.m.

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