Volleyball drops two on second day of Battlefield Classic

Volleyball drops two on second day of Battlefield Classic

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – The Salisbury University volleyball team closed out play in the Battlefield Classic with a pair of 3-1 losses on Saturday, falling to Carnegie Mellon University and Johns Hopkins University.

Match 1: Carnegie Mellon 3, Salisbury 1

Salisbury fell in the opening set against Carnegie Mellon, 25-12, before bouncing back for a 25-20 win in the second set of the match with a team hitting percentage of .316 on 13 kills and just one error, but the Tartans (4-0) were able to pick up the final two sets, 25-14 and 25-11 to claim the match.

Salisbury was led by senior Katie Stouffer and her team-high 12 kills in the match, while classmate Jordan Lawson hit .273 for the best mark on the team.

Junior setter Alexis Howatt dished out 27 assists in the contest with four different Sea Gulls registering solo blocks while senior Shannon Russell added to the defensive effort with 21 digs and classmate Gina Fischetti chipped in with 10.

Match 2: Johns Hopkins 3, Salisbury 1

In Salisbury's final match of the weekend, the Sea Gulls dropped a narrow first set to the Blue Jays, 25-23, and the second 25-16 before drawing back within one set with a 25-23 win in the third. But Johns Hopkins (3-2) was able to grab the fourth set, 25-17, for the win.

Stouffer had the top hitting percentage on the squad in the second match, hitting .298, and notched a team-best 21 kills to earn All-Tournament honors for Salisbury (2-2). She also had nine digs in the match.

Sophomore Nicole Venturelli had 10 kills in the match while junior Rachel Pierson had 23 assists and Howatt registered 12 assists while Russell came up with 18 digs and Fischetti notched 10 digs.

The Sea Gulls will play their first home games of the 2016 season next weekend, hosting the Sea Gull Classic on September 9 and 10. Salisbury will play McDaniel College and Virginia Wesleyan College on Friday.

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