ASTON, Pa. – Salisbury volleyball rounded out its weekend at the Knights Invitational with a split on the second day, falling to Cabrini University in a thrilling five set match but defeating Haverford College in straight sets to finish the afternoon.
Cabrini 3, Salisbury 2
The Sea Gulls dropped a heartbreaking five set decision to the Cavaliers of Cabrini (6-3) in their first match of the day. After falling behind 1-0 the maroon and Gold cruised to a 25-13 second set decision before tying the match back up in the fourth set with a 25-17 victory.
In the fourth set the Gulls held a slim 17-14 advantage and used three consecutive kills by three different players, Carley Cleland, Sydney Davis, and Lacey Swartout to push the advantage to 20-14. However, the Cavaliers didn't waiver and rallied back to cut the lead to just four, 21-17.
Salisbury took away any thought of a comeback running off four consecutive points including kills from both Davis and Nicole Venturelli to put the set away and deliver a decisive fifth set.
Midway through the fifth set the Sea Gulls found themselves trailing 11-7 and took a timeout to regroup. They went on a 7-3 run knotting the match at 14-14 behind three kills by Venturelli forcing the match into a win by two scenario. However, it was not meant to be as Cabrini rallied off two straight kills to secure the victory.
Venturelli finished the match with a team-high and season-high 23 kills on 56 total attacks. Swartout and Davis both tallied double-digit kills as well recording 12 and 11 kills respectively. Alexis Howatt and Rachel Dubbs combined for 49 of Salisbury's 55 assists tallying 22 and 27 respectively for the match.
On the defensive side Hailey Dougherty tallied a team-best 26 digs while Venturelli notched 20 of her own as the two combined for 46 of the team's 83 total digs. Both Cleland and Davis posted a team-high two blocks apiece.
Salisbury 3, Haverford 0
Salisbury rallied back to sweep its final match of the day winning in straight sets over the Fords of Haverford College. The maroon and gold won by scores of 25-15, 25-20, and 25-17.
The Salisbury offense was paced by Venturelli, who tallied a team-high 12 kills, bringing her total to 40 for the weekend earning herself tournament MVP and a spot on the all-tournament team.
Davis tallied nine kills on seven total attacks for the afternoon while recording a team-high hitting percentage of .500.
Dougherty totaled 22 digs to lead the team while Venturelli finished just behind her teammate with 14. Dougherty was also named to the all-tournament team for her efforts during the weekend.
As a team the Gulls hit .288, totaled 41 kills, recorded 39 assists, and recorded eight blocks led by Davis and Cleland, who combined for six tallying three apiece.
Salisbury returns to action next weekend when it travels to Carnegie Mellon University for the Carnegie Mellon Tournament. The Sea Gulls will take on Otterbein University followed by Carnegie Mellon on Friday, September 29. The matches are scheduled to start at 6 and 8 p.m.