NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – The Salisbury University volleyball team opened its Capital Athletic Conference schedule on Wednesday, falling to Christopher Newport University, 3-1 (27-25, 25-16, 20-25, 25-16).
The first set remained close throughout its entirety, with the largest lead only amounting to three points; the Captains led the game by that margin twice at 17-14 and 19-16.
Trailing 19-16, the Sea Gulls put together a 5-0 run to gain a late lead, as freshman Katie Stouffer tallied two kills during the stretch.
Stouffer registered eight kills in the match, just one behind junior Mattie Smith, who led the Gulls with nine.
The teams traded leads two more times in the game, with CNU (11-10, 1-0 CAC) ultimately pulling out the first-set victory.
After calling a timeout, Christopher Newport flipped the script with a 10-2 run.
The Captains continued to grow their lead, before taking a 2-0 edge on the Sea Gulls.
SU started the third set, this time, falling into an 8-4 deficit to the Captains, but three kills from Stouffer and one from junior Nikki Binetti sparked a 5-1 run to tie the score, 9-9.
Smith, Binetti and junior Julie Poston each added kills to gain a 13-12 lead for Salisbury, which the team would not give up on the way to a 25-20 win in the third game.
The Gulls kept the fourth set close, as Smith, Binetti and Meehan all tallied kills, leading to a tied, 11-11, score.
However, CNU would take control from there, riding a 14-5 run to the victory.
Meehan led the team with 13 digs, while sophomore Kacey Franz led the squad with 19 assists.
Salisbury will be in action again on Tuesday, for its next CAC match, traveling to St. Mary's College of Maryland for a 7 p.m. contest.