ARLINGTON, Va. – The Salisbury University volleyball team avenged a loss from earlier this season and advanced to the Capital Athletic Conference semifinals on Tuesday night, with a 3-1 (26-28, 25-21, 25-23, 25-22) victory at Marymount (Va.) University.
The first set opened with neither team able to take much of a lead. A service ace from junior Kacey Franz, followed by a kill from sophomore Jordan Lawson, gave SU a 7-5 lead, but the Saints were able to use a 4-0 run to retake the lead 9-7.
The teams continued to battle and trade leads, but with the score tied 12-12, a kill by sophomore Shannon Russell sparked an 8-2 run. The spurt included two kills from sophomore Katie Stouffer to give the Sea Gulls a 20-15 lead; Stouffer led the team with 19 kills on the night.
Marymount answered to tie the score 21-21, before taking a 25-24 lead, but another Stouffer kill and a service ace from freshman Alexis Howatt flipped the score 26-25 for SU.
However, the Saints took the final three points for the first set, 28-26.
After kills from Russell and Stouffer to begin the second frame, the Gulls took an early 6-1 lead.
Fighting back to tie the score, Marymount eventually took a 15-13 lead, but a kill from senior Julie Poston got the Sea Gulls back on track to regain a 17-15 advantage.
SU never conceded the lead again, as two kills from freshman Samantha Chubb in the final points helped the Gulls take a 25-21 victory to tie the match.
The Saints took a quick 3-0 lead in the third set, but a kill from Poston and an assisted block by Stouffer and Chubb cut the advantage, before tying the frame 3-3.
The teams continued to play another tight set all the way through, but a service ace from senior Nikki Binetti gave SU a 23-21 lead, before two Stouffer kills were able to close the set.
With the help of a Russell service ace and a Poston kill, Salisbury opened the fourth set with a 3-0 lead, before another Poston kill kept the lead at three, 6-3.
The Sea Gulls continued to increase the lead, as Poston and Stouffer tallied kills, building the score to 18-10, but the Saints answered with a 5-0 run to cut the lead to three.
Marymount kept fighting, eventually cutting the score to 21-20, but a Chubb kill powered a 4-2 closing run to take the match.
Salisbury now looks forward to second-seeded Southern Virginia University, traveling to the Knights for the CAC semifinals on Thursday, November 6; the match is set for 7 p.m.