SALISBURY, Md. – Salisbury University women's volleyball claimed a crucial Capital Athletic Conference victory on Friday night defeating visiting Marymount (Va.) University, 3-0. The Sea Gulls held the Saints to a season-low team hitting percentage of .054 for the match to aid in the win.
Salisbury (15-6, 4-1 CAC) jumped out to a quick lead taking the opening set by the final score of 25-22. Holding a slim 18-16 lead Salisbury used a 6-2 run to pull within one point of capturing the opening set win. During the scoring run two different Sea Gulls, Sydney Davis and Nicole Venturelli, tallied kills to help stretch the lead to 24-18. However, a late rally by Marymount (17-6, 4-1 CAC) saw the Saints pull within two, 24-22. An attacking error on the Saints ended the set and gave the Sea Gulls the 1-0 advantage. Overall, six different Salisbury players recorded kills in the set including two apiece by Venturelli and Shannon Russell.
In the second set the Sea Gulls needed to battle back after falling behind early to claim another 25-22 victory. Salisbury held Marymount to a -.103 hitting percentage while posting a percentage of .139 of its own. Trailing 16-14 Head Coach Justin Turco called a timeout that sparked a 7-1 run by the Sea Gulls. Four different players recorded kills during the scoring run including two from Katie Stouffer. However, once again the Saints rallied back pulling within one, 22-21. Venturelli tallied two kills over the final three points scored to deliver the set win for Salisbury.
The third set was no contest as Salisbury raced out to a 17-7 advantage thanks in large part to a 7-2 run sparked by two service aces from Krista Pecenka early in the set. Small scoring runs by Marymount pulled the Saints back to within five or less on three separate occasions but were never able to get any closer than four, 18-22. Kills by Davis and Samantha Chubb ended all hopes of a comeback and sealed the victory for the Sea Gulls, 25-19.
Overall, Venturelli totaled a match-high 10 kills while Rachel Dubbs tallied a match-best .500 hitting percentage. Russell totaled a team-high 11 digs while Pecenka totaled four service aces on the night. The win moves Salisbury into a tie for second place in the CAC with Marymount holding the all-important head-to-head tiebreaker over the Saints with three CAC games left to play.
The Sea Gulls return to action on October 15 in another pivotal match with playoff implications when they host current fourth place team St. Mary's College of Maryland at 2 p.m., in the team's annual Dig Pink game.