Salisbury wins two matches to open Sea Gull Classic

Salisbury wins two matches to open Sea Gull Classic

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University volleyball team picked up two more wins on Friday in the first day of the Sea Gull Classic at Maggs Physical Activities Center, first defeating Virginia Wesleyan College 3-0 (25-14, 25-22, 25-15), before topping the University of Scranton 3-1 (25-22, 16-25, 25-23, 25-15).

Salisbury 3, Virginia Wesleyan 0

The Sea Gulls got off to a quick start, building an early 5-2 lead in the first set, as sophomore Katie Stouffer tallied her first three kills of the match in the run; she led Salisbury in the match with 12 kills.

Virginia Wesleyan was able to tie the set, 6-6, but freshman Samantha Chubb used her first kill to regain the lead, 7-6, and spark a 14-6 run to give the Gulls a nine-point advantage.

With a 20-13 lead, Chubb tallied another kill, beginning a 5-1 run that ended the set. After a Marlins' attack error, senior Nikki Binetti notched a kill, which was followed by another VWC error and a service ace by senior Julie Poston to grab the 1-0 lead in the match.

Binetti tallied Salisbury's first two points of the second set, first with a kill before grabbing a service ace for a 2-0 lead.

Virginia Wesleyan kept the entire set close, with the Gulls' largest lead reaching three points, despite never seceding the lead in the game.

Another Binetti kill gave SU a 10-8 lead, but a 4-2 Marlins' run tied the set 12-12. The teams traded points until being tied, 18-18, but two VWC attack errors gave Salisbury a 20-18 lead.

A service ace from freshman Alexis Howatt and kills from Poston and sophomore Shannon Russell helped the Sea Gulls take the set and a 2-0 lead into the third game.

The third set started 2-0 in favor of the Marlins, but a Binetti kill, followed by two-straight Stouffer kills, sparked a 6-2 run to give Salisbury the lead.

Virginia Wesleyan regained the lead, 8-7, but a kill by Poston, who finished second on the team with 11 kills, and a Marlins' attack error gave the Gulls back the lead, which they would hold for the rest of the match.

Leading 16-13, another Poston kill began a 9-2 run to end the match. Poston was followed by a Russell kill, before senior Michelle Meehan added two-consecutive service aces. A second kill by Poston was sandwiched by another set of two-straight Meehan aces, as she totaled four in the spurt.

Kills by Poston and Meehan capped the victory for Salisbury in the first game.

For the match, Howatt led the team with 39 assists, while Russell tallied a team-high 13 digs.

Salisbury 3, Scranton 1

Scranton led for much of the first set, but was unable to separate from the Sea Gulls by more than four points.

Trailing 17-13 late in the set, a kill by Stouffer, followed by a service ace by sophomore Gina Fischetti and a kill by sophomore Jordan Lawson, cut the Royals' lead to only one. The spurt began a 12-5 run that brought the Sea Gulls back to take the first set, 25-22.

Another Stouffer kill tied the score, 22-22, before Howatt had two service aces wrapped around a Scranton attack error to end the game.

Tied 8-8 in the second set, Scranton went on a 9-1 run to build a lead and eventually take the set.

The third set started much like the second, with the scored tied 10-10 after a close beginning, but a Russell service ace began an 8-0 run. After a Royals' ball-handling error, Stouffer ripped off three-straight kills. Two Royals' attack errors were followed by a Binetti kill to cap the spurt.

Stouffer led the Gulls again in kills, with 22 in the match, while Russell chipped in with 10.

Despite leading 21-13, Scranton fought back and eventually used a 10-1 run to grab the lead, 23-22.

However, two Russell kills sandwiched a Meehan service ace to grab the 2-1 lead.

Sparked by a Binetti kill, the Gulls opened up a 10-point lead, 15-5, to open the fourth set. Russell added a kill and a service ace to help push the lead to 19-7, as the Sea Gulls went on to take the set and the match.

Howatt tallied 36 assists to lead the team, while Meehan notched 21 digs.

Salisbury will be back in action on Saturday, in day two of the Sea Gull Classic, first taking on William Peace University in Maggs Physical Activities Center at 12 p.m.

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