Sea Gulls down Wolverines in final 2014 home match

Sea Gulls down Wolverines in final 2014 home match

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University volleyball team closed out the home portion of its regular-season schedule on Wednesday night, taking down Capital Athletic Conference-foe Wesley College 3-0 (25-13, 25-19, 25-11) at Maggs Physical Activities Center.

After Wesley took the first point in the opening set, sophomore Katie Stouffer answered with two-straight kills to give Salisbury the lead, which it would not concede for the rest of the game.

Senior Nikki Binetti tallied a service ace to push the lead to 4-1, before the Sea Gulls continued to control the opening moments to build a 16-4 advantage on a 12-3 run, capped by a kill from sophomore Shannon Russell.

SU (19-9, 4-4 CAC) never had the lead drop below nine for the rest of the set, cruising to the 1-0 lead in the frame, as sophomore Jordan Lawson notched the winning kills. Lawson concluded the night with seven kills, only finishing behind Stouffer's team-leading 11, to help pace the Sea Gull offense.

Two kills from senior Julie Poston gave the Gulls a 2-1 lead to start the second set, never trailing from there for the second-straight set.

The Wolverines kept the beginning of the set close, but with an 11-7 lead, the Sea Gulls went on a 6-2 run, sparked by a Binetti kill for a 17-9 advantage.

After increasing the advantage to 21-11, Wesley cut the lead to 21-16, before consecutive kills from Poston and Stouffer regained momentum for SU and helped to take the second set.

After a Russell service ace, Stouffer registered back-to-back kills for a quick 3-0 lead in the third set.

Russell and Lawson each added kills to help push the advantage to 10-3, as the Gulls grabbed quick control of the set.

A kill for Poston made the lead double digits at 16-6, and the Sea Gulls collected nine of the last 14 points in the set to take the match, including a 7-0 run to make the score 24-10.

Binetti and Poston chipped in with six and five kills, respectively, while senior Michelle Meehan notched 13 digs and freshman Rachel Pierson led with 23 assists.

Salisbury finishes out its regular season on Saturday, November 1, as the Sea Gulls travel to Frostburg State University; the match is set for 1 p.m.

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