Sea Gulls take two 3-0 wins to claim Juniata Invitational; Vieira named MVP

Sea Gulls take two 3-0 wins to claim Juniata Invitational; Vieira named MVP

HUNTINGDON, Pa. – The No. 23 Salisbury University volleyball team stretched its winning streak to 14 matches with a pair of 3-0 victories, closing out the Juniata Invitational with the team's fourth tournament victory this season.

The Sea Gulls (18-1) topped Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham and Franklin & Marshall College on Saturday to roll to the team title. Senior Kelly Vieira was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player while classmates Carley Todd and Chelsea Glowacki were named to the All-Tournament Team.

In the first match of the day Saturday, Salisbury allowed just 21 total kills for FDU-Florham as the Devils hit -.027 in the match. The Sea Gulls rolled to the win, 25-11, 25-11, 25-20.

Salisbury opened the match on a 7-1 run, with kills from Glowacki, Todd, junior Tam Weems and senior Jenna Shay. Glowacki added a block during the spurt, one of 10 blocks she would have during the four matches in the tournament. The Salisbury lead continued to grow with a 4-0 run closing out the set.

The second set saw more of the same as it was a 7-2 run to begin things. Weems notched the first point of the game, one of her team-best eight kills in the match, registering three in the second set. She was matched in the frame by juniors Julie Poston and Sarah Hall and sophomore Kirby Buttry, who each had three kills. Buttry had two of the final three points in the set.

Opening the third with a 2-1 lead, the Devils held their only lead of the match before Salisbury went on a 7-1 run to take the lead for good. Hall set off the spurt on a kill from a Kacey Franz assist. Franz notched a match-best 24 assists.

Against Franklin & Marshall, the Sea Gulls set the tone for the tournament-clinching win early, picking up the first set, 25-8, before winning the next two 25-17 and 25-10.

The Diplomats won the first two points of the opening set before Shay registered a kill, one of five in the match for her. The Sea Gulls would take 24 of the next 30 points to claim the opening set. Glowacki had four of her match-high 10 kills in the first.

The second set held a similar start, with Franklin & Marshall leading 3-0 before an 8-3 run put the Gulls in front. Vieira touched off the run with a kill from a Glowacki assist, and Glowacki would pound home all four of her kills in the set during the run.

Salisbury won the first eight points of the third set and never looked back to claim the team title, capped by Vieira's final of 24 kills in the tournament, off a Franz assist. Vieira also had six service aces, 41 digs and eight blocks in the tournament.

Salisbury's next match will be on Wednesday, Sept. 26, when the Gulls travel to the University of Mary Washington for a Capital Athletic Conference tilt. The match is set to begin at 7 p.m.

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