Volleyball downs Bobcats, earns trip to CAC tournament

Volleyball downs Bobcats, earns trip to CAC tournament

FROSTBURG, Md. – The Salisbury University volleyball team punched its ticket to the Capital Athletic Conference tournament with a 3-0 victory at Frostburg State University (25-13, 25-14, 27-25) on Saturday afternoon.

The Sea Gulls earned the No. 6 seed in the tournament, behind 14 kills from sophomore Katie Stouffer and a career-high 10 kills from freshman Samantha Chubb.

Two kills each from Stouffer and Chubb, along with a service ace by senior Nikki Binetti gave the Gulls a quick 5-2 lead in the first set.

SU (20-9, 5-4 CAC) never trailed in the game, and despite the Bobcats keeping the early lead to five or less, ahead 12-9, another Binetti ace sparked a 13-4 run that ended the set for a 1-0 Sea Gull lead.

Chubb, Stouffer, and sophomore Shannon Russell all tallied two kills in the closing stretch.

Salisbury opened the second frame on a 7-3 run, as the spurt was capped with three-straight kills by Chubb.

Reaching a 12-9 advantage again, Stouffer notched a kill to begin a string of seven unanswered points, putting the Sea Gulls ahead 19-9. Binetti added three more service aces in the stretch; she led the Gulls with five in the match.

Chubb and sophomore Jordan Lawson closed the second set with two-straight kills, as Salisbury cruised to a 2-0 lead in the match.

The Sea Gulls took another lead to open the final set as Lawson and Russell tallied kills to make the score 9-4.

However, FSU cut the advantage to 11-10, before taking a 14-13 lead.

The teams battled back and forth from there, as the closing moments of the set featured 10 ties and three lead changes.

With the score knotted 22-22, two Frostburg errors set up the match point for Salisbury, but two-consecutive Bobcat kills got FSU back into the set, 24-24.

The teams reached a 25-25 standstill, before Binetti and Russell both registered their final kills of the day to take the set and the match in extra points.

Russell tallied nine kills in the match to chip in on offense, while also getting nine digs.

Senior Michelle Meehan led the team with 15 digs, while freshman Rachel Pierson led with 20 assists.

Salisbury will begin CAC tournament play on Tuesday, November 4, traveling to No. 3-seeded Marymount (Va.) University; the match time is to be announced.

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