FROSTBURG, Md. – The Salisbury University volleyball team opened the Frostburg Quad with a thrilling 3-2 victory over host Frostburg State University on Friday evening.
The Sea Gulls (14-9, 3-4 CAC) closed out Capital Athletic Conference play with a victory over the Bobcats (10-21, 2-5 CAC) to secure the fifth spot in the upcoming CAC playoffs.
Three different players for the maroon and gold posted double-digit kill nights as Nicole Venturelli led the team with a team-high 17. It is Venturelli's fourth straight double-digit kill match and fifth in sixth matches since the calendar has flipped to October. She was joined by teammates Amanda Chew and Carley Cleland, who posted 12 and 10 kills respectively.
Venturelli aided in a first set opening, 25-21, victory over the host's as she tallied four of the team's 15 kills in the set. The Gulls managed to hammer home 15 kills on 41 total attacks and posted a hitting mark of .244.
After dropping the second set by the final of 25-22 the Gulls rallied back to take a 2-1 lead behind a 25-19 victory in set three. Salisbury totaled 15 kills to the Bobcats 13 and posted a hitting mark of .267 while holding Frostburg St. to a mark of just .196. Venturelli hammered home four kills in the third set while Chew and Cleland combined to total six, recording three each.
However Frostburg St. refused to go away claiming the fourth set to stave off elimination and push the match to a decisive fifth set. The Sea Gulls earned the set and match victory behind a 15-10 victory.
Venturelli led the Salisbury attack posting five kills while Cleland and Chew combined for two to total seven of the teams' nine total kills in the set. The team combined to hit .207 while holding the Bobcats attack to a mark of just .040.
Defensively the Sea Gulls tallied 24 blocks to the Bobcats 11, led by Hannah Sullivan's eight and Cleland's six. Hailey Dougherty was one of five Salisbury players to tally double-digit digs with a team-high 36 while Darian DiMatteo recorded 21 of her own.
Salisbury returns to action on Saturday, October 27 when it squares off against Clarkson University and the State University of New York at Geneseo. Those matches are scheduled to start at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.