LA VERNE, Calif. – Salisbury University volleyball opened up its season with a split on day one of the Pacific Coast Classic. The Sea Gulls dropped a 3-0 decision in their first match to Chapman University but rallied back to secure a 3-0 win over host La Verne College in the second match of the afternoon. Nicole Venturelli made history as well as she notched the 1,000th kill of her career on Friday afternoon.
Chapman 3, Salisbury 0
Salisbury fell behind early dropping the first set, 25-16, as Chapman (2-0) totaled 12 kills and a hitting percentage of .200 in the opening set. However, it was Chapman's defense that held the Gulls in check as Salisbury only managed to post a .031 hitting percentage in the opening set.
However, Salisbury found its rhythm in set two as it battled with Chapman but ultimately dropped a tough, 25-22, decision. The Sea Gulls managed to post a .238 hitting percentage while totaling 10 kills on 21 total attacks.
Chapman secured the victory in the third set with a, 25-12, victory to sweep the match. Venturelli finished the first match with four kills while Darian DiMatteo and Rachel Dubbs each posted a team-high, two service aces.
Salisbury 3, La Verne 0
The Gulls (1-1) rallied back in match two earning the shutout victory. Salisbury rallied back from an eight-point deficit in the first set to come back and secure a, 27-25, victory to help take control of the match. Trailing the entire set Amanda Chew hammered home her third kill of the set to give the Sea Gulls a 26-25 lead before an attacking error ended the set and delivered the victory.
Salisbury cruised to a, 25-14, victory in the second set posting a .308 hitting percentage while totaling 12 kills. Defensively the maroon and gold were in complete control holding La Verne (1-1) to a .000 hitting percentage and just seven kills while forcing seven attacking errors.
In the third set Salisbury battled to earn a, 25-21, victory as Venturelli found her way into the history books hammering home her ninth kill of the match and 1,000th of her career. Leading 17-15, Venturelli finished off the set by Dubbs to not just push the advantage to three and aid in securing the third set and overall match victory but also achieve the remarkable milestone.
Gianna Savarese finished second on the team posting eight kills in the win while adding in three total blocks to lead the Gulls. Dubbs posted a team-best 31 assists while Hailey Dougherty was one of four players to post double-digit digs, recording 20, to lead the defense. DiMatteo finished second with 13 while Dubbs and Chew posted 12 and 11 respectively.
Salisbury returns to action on Saturday, September 1 at 5:15 pm eastern time when it takes on Cal Lutheran University.