Sea Gulls finish weekend at Neumann with split on day two

Sea Gulls finish weekend at Neumann with split on day two

ASTON, Pa. – The Salisbury University volleyball team finished its weekend at the Knights Invitational with a split on the final day of the tournament. The Sea Gulls fell in five sets to Cabrini University before closing out the weekend with a sweep of Moravian College.

Cabrini 3, Salisbury 2

Salisbury jumped out to an early 1-0 lead in the match, winning the first set 25-23. However, the Cavaliers (5-5) claimed the next two sets by the same score line, 25-10. The Sea Gulls rallied back to level the match at two sets each, winning the fourth set 25-20, but fell in the decisive set, 15-10.

Nicole Venturelli posted a team-best 12 kills in the match while freshman Amanda Chew was the only other Salisbury player to tally double-digit kills in the match, totaling 10 of her own. Gianna Savarese posted a team-best .467 hitting percentage while tallying eight kills and three blocks.

Hailey Dougherty led the defensive effort with 25 digs while Chew was the only other player to tally double-digit digs with 15 of her own. Hannah Sullivan recorded a team-best four blocks while Dougherty and Venturelli finished with three apiece.  

Overall, seven different players recorded kills in the match for the Gulls, while the team posted a .164 hitting percentage. In contrast, Cabrini managed to hit .301 as a team and tally 56 kills.

Salisbury 3, Moravian 0

The Gulls (9-5) battled back to close out the weekend with their eighth sweep of the year, blanking the Greyhounds 3-0. Salisbury won by scores of 25-14, 25-7, and 25-21 to earn the victory.

Venturelli posted her second straight 12-kill match to lead the team while also tallying another team-best .500 hitting percentage. Chew and Savarese combined for 14 kills, hitting seven each, while Carley Cleland hammered home four of her own.

Defensively, the Sea Gulls held Moravian to a -.040 hitting percentage for the match, limiting the Greyhounds to negative percentages in both the first, -.029, and second, -.350, sets. Chew led the effort with 12 digs, while three other players recorded eight or more digs as well. Savarese posted a team-high three blocks while Sullivan posted one.

For her efforts this weekend, Venturelli was named to the all-tournament team as she finished the weekend with 65 kills, 48 digs, and five blocks.  

Salisbury returns to action on Saturday, September 22 when it travels to Southern Virginia University to open Capital Athletic Conference play. The match is scheduled to start at 2 p.m.   

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