SALISBURY, Md. – After a 3-1 win over Marymount (Va.) University on Tuesday night, the Salisbury University volleyball team is now set for a Capital Athletic Conference semifinal match at Southern Virginia University on Thursday, November 6.
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How we got here
Salisbury traveled to Marymount on Tuesday, pulling out a 3-1 victory in a CAC first-round battle. After dropping the first set in extra points, 28-26, the Sea Gulls came back to win the next three 25-21, 25-23, 25-22. Sophomore Katie Stouffer led the team with 19 kills in the match, while senior Julie Poston and sophomore Jordan Lawson chipped in with nine and seven, respectively. With her second-highest total of the season, senior Michelle Meehan tallied 29 digs in the effort.
How they got here
Southern Virginia finished the regular season with a 7-2 record in the conference, good enough for the second seed in the CAC tournament. The Knights earned a first-round bye in the tournament and the ability to host a semifinal-round contest with their seed.
Salisbury and SVU have only met twice before, with the Sea Gulls coming out on top in both matches. Last season, the Knights spent the year as a provisional NCAA Division III member, before joining the CAC as a full-time member this season, giving the Gulls a 1-0 advantage in the series history in conference play. SU also holds a 1-0 record at Southern Virginia.
The last time we met
This season, the Sea Gulls picked up a CAC victory against the Knights on Saturday, October 18, as a part of Homecoming Weekend in a 3-0 sweep at Maggs Physical Activities Center (25-22, 25-19, 25-23). The victory was SU's first in the conference on the season, sparking the 5-0 run that ended the Gulls' regular season, resulting in a CAC tournament berth. Stouffer grabbed 15 kills to lead Salisbury, while Meehan added 16 digs.
Into the records
Michelle Meehan will continue her trek up the Salisbury career records, currently at No. 3 with 1,919 digs and No. 4 with 244 service aces. Meehan is only eight service aces behind former Sea Gull Brittany Mister's 252, which ranks No. 3 in the statistic. The Marlton, New Jersey native has tallied double-digit digs in all but four matches this season, including a career-high 31 against Western Connecticut State University on September 13.
The winner of the semifinal match will move on to the CAC championship match against the winner of the other semifinal match between first-seeded Christopher Newport University and fifth-seeded St. Mary's College of Maryland; the championship game is set for Saturday, November 8.