Stouffer, Poston combine to push Sea Gulls past Marlins

Stouffer, Poston combine to push Sea Gulls past Marlins

SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 25 Salisbury University volleyball team improved to 17-2 on Saturday afternoon, defeating Virginia Wesleyan College, 3-0 (25-18, 25-20, 25-18), at Maggs Physical Activity Center.

The Sea Gulls were led by freshman Katie Stouffer and junior Julie Poston, who tallied 13 and 12 kills, respectively; Poston hit .458 for the match, with only one attack error.

Holding a 6-5 lead in the first set, kills from Stouffer and junior Kirby Buttry, along with a Marlin ball-handling error built the Gulls' lead to 9-5.

Virginia Wesleyan was able to put together a run to even the score, 11-11, and with the teams tied, 14-14, Salisbury put together an 11-4 run to close the first game.

Four kills from Stouffer powered the run, as she tallied six in the set, while Poston added two kills, and junior Mattie Smith, who finished the match with seven kills, added another for the final point.

In the second set, the Marlins (9-6) gained an early lead, which grew to as many as four points at 11-7, but three kills from Poston and one each, from Smith and junior Nikki Binetti sparked a 9-3 run that allowed the Sea Gulls to take the lead and push the score to 16-14.

SU never trailed again in the game and, with the help of four more Stouffer kills, took the second set for the 2-0 lead.

The third set began with a kill from Binetti, a service ace from junior Michelle Meehan and a kill from Smith to give Salisbury a 3-0 lead before the Marlins would get a point.

The Sea Gulls held a 14-9 lead, but the Marlins would not go down without a fight, as they got within one point, 17-16, with a 7-3 run.

After calling a timeout to halt the run, the Sea Gulls would only give up two more points and win the set, 25-18.

Binetti tallied two more kills, while Stouffer and Poston each added one more to close out the match.

Sophomore Kacey Franz registered 24 assists in the match, and Meehan tallied 13 digs.

Salisbury will be back in action on Wednesday, as it travels to No. 19 Christopher Newport University for its first Capital Athletic Conference match of the season; the contest is slated for 7 p.m.

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