Sea Gulls sweep Frostburg, Alvernia in tri-match

Sea Gulls sweep Frostburg, Alvernia in tri-match

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University volleyball team hosted a tri-match on Saturday, defeating Capital Athletic Conference-foe Frostburg State University 3-1 to start the day, before taking down Alvernia University in three sets at Maggs Physical Activities Center.

Before the first match, Salisbury honored its senior, defensive specialist Kacey Franz, for her four years as a Sea Gull.

Salisbury 3, Frostburg 1 (25-16, 25-19, 25-27, 25-13)

The Sea Gulls got off to a fast start, as junior Katie Stouffer put down two kills to give the team a 2-1 lead. She led the team with 29 kills, which tied for sixth in a single match in program history with her own total against Cabrini College on September 6, of this season.

Salisbury continued to build a lead, after two kills from sophomore Sydney Davis and two service aces from freshman Kelly Surkovich helped push the score to 9-3.

Another Davis kill got the lead to its largest of the first set at 18-9, before Frostburg went on a 6-4 run to cut the advantage to six.

Two kills from junior Shannon Russell halted the Bobcats' comeback attempt, before Stouffer tallied a service ace and another kill to cap the set and take the 1-0 lead.

The start of the second set was closer, as Frostburg took a 6-4 lead, but a Russell kill and Davis service ace brought the score back to even.

Tied 9-9, three-straight Stouffer kills led a 5-0 spurt for the Gulls to grab the lead for good. Three more kills from Stouffer turned the run into a 10-2 stretch for Salisbury to build its edge to 19-11.

Russell added three kills in the final points including the last tally to take a 2-0 lead in the match.

Stouffer notched four kills, while Davis added one, in the opening moments of the third set to help Salisbury jump out to an 8-2 advantage. However, the Bobcats regrouped with a timeout and fought back with a 9-1 run to take the lead 11-9.

Frostburg continued to hold its lead until the score was 22-18, when freshman Nicole Venturelli put down a kill to spark a 5-0 stretch for Salisbury. Stouffer hit two more kills in the run, before hitting another to give the Sea Gulls the lead at 25-24.

However, the Bobcats closed on a 3-0 spurt to take the set.

Stouffer again got the Gulls going in the final set with a kill. Sophomore Samantha Chubb added another, before Stouffer capped an opening 5-0 run with another.

Junior Colleen White pushed the edge to 9-3 with a kill, as Salisbury took control of the set from the beginning.

Chubb tallied two more kills to help build the lead to double digits 17-7, and Stouffer and White both put down two more each in the final points. White's final kills capped the win for Salisbury; she finished the match with eight.

Russell added nine kills in the match, while sophomore Rachel Pierson led with 50 assists, and Surkovich led with 20 digs. Pierson totaled 59 assists in the two matches, which moves her past Monica Mclauglin to seventh place all time in program history with 1,222 assists on her career. 

Salisbury 3, Alvernia 0 (25-9, 25-10, 25-7)

The Sea Gulls got off to another fast start against Alvernia University, opening on a 9-1 run. Stouffer tallied two kills, while Surkovich hit two service aces to lead the surge.

Junior Gina Fischetti added another service ace to make the score 12-3, before the advantage reached double digits at 13-3.

Stouffer continued her strong day with three more kills in the final points. She led the team with 19 in the match, giving her 48 total between the two matches and moving her to fifth all-time in program history with 1,220 career kills.

Pierson hit two service aces to get Salisbury to within the set point, before Stouffer's final kill gave the Gulls a 1-0 match lead.

Franz got Salisbury started in the second set with a kill, starting a 7-2 opening spurt. Stouffer put down two-straight kills to cap the run, while sophomore Alexis Howatt added a kill and a service ace.

The Sea Gulls again led for the entire set, closing it with an 8-0 run for the 2-0 lead.

Freshman Nicole Venturelli tallied two kills in the stretch, while Stouffer, White, and Davis all added one. Davis and Venturelli also combined for a block.

Three-straight kills from Stouffer led a 6-0 opening run in the final set, as she put down four total in the stretch.

The Sea Gulls continued the surge to reach double digits at 12-2 and never looked back.

Franz hit four service aces in Salisbury's final push for the victory, while freshman Gianna Savarese added a kill, and classmate Riley Forquer hit a service ace.

Chubb hit two kills, before Stouffer capped the match with her final kill.

Surkovich again led the defense, this time with 13 digs, while Howatt led the setting with 19 assists.

Salisbury returns to action on Wednseday, October 28 in CAC action, hosting Marymount (Va.) University at Maggs PAC. The match is set for 7 p.m.

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