Lawson sets career high as Gulls down Eagles 3-1

Lawson sets career high as Gulls down Eagles 3-1

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University volleyball team hosted the University of Mary Washington in its first home Capital Athletic Conference game of 2015, as the Gulls pulled out a 3-1 (25-22, 11-25, 25-15, 25-21) victory on Saturday afternoon of Homecoming Weekend.

Junior Jordan Lawson posted a career-high 11 kills in the game, finishing second on the team in the match, to help lead the team, while junior Katie Stouffer tallied 12 kills to lead the team and move into sole possession of sixth place in program history with 1,144 career kills.

Mary Washington took a 6-2 lead to open the match, but kills from Stouffer and sophomore Sydney Davis helped get the Sea Gulls back to within one, 6-5.

Salisbury continued an 8-2 run, which included two service aces from junior Gina Fischetti and was capped by Lawson's first kills, to take its first lead 10-8.

Two more kills from Stouffer held the lead at 13-11, before a service ace from sophomore Rachel Pierson and kill from Lawson helped build the advantage to 19-15.

The Eagles responded with a 6-0 run to flip the lead, but Lawson put down a kill to spark a 6-1 closing run to take the first set; she added one more kill in the spurt for four in the game.

Sophomore Samantha Chubb opened the second set with a kill for the 1-0 lead, but Mary Washington caught fire from there with a 17-6 run to take a 10-point lead.

The Eagles never relented, taking the second set, but that was all the Sea Gulls would give in the match.

With two kills each from Stouffer and Davis, Salisbury opened on a 5-2 run in the third set.

Salisbury never trailed in the game, but with the score tied 6-6, Lawson and Davis combined for a block to give the Gulls the lead for good and spark a 5-0 spurt.

After a Stouffer kill, Davis tallied two straight to power a 7-0 stretch for the Gulls, and after forcing the Eagles into four-consecutive errors, they built the lead to 21-10.

Davis added another kill in the set, before junior Shannon Russell ended the set with a kill.

The third set began with Mary Washington keeping a slight lead through the opening points, eventually taking a 16-12 lead.

Lawson put down a kill to begin a 3-0 spurt, including a Fischetti service ace and Russell kill, to get back to within one 16-15.

Chubb tied the set 18-18 with a kill, before Russell, Chubb, and Stouffer tallied back-to-back-to-back kills to take a 22-20 lead.

Chubb continued to make her presence known in the final points, combining with Pierson on a block, before putting down her final kill to secure the victory. She finished the match with eight kills and two total blocks.

Davis totaled 10 kill in the match, while freshman Kelly Surkovich led the defense with 15 digs. Pierson handled the setting with 43 assists.

Salisbury heads back out on the road for its next match, traveling to CAC-foe Wesley College for a mid-week contest on Wednesday, October 14; the match is set for 7 p.m.

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