Salisbury downs Penn State-Harrisburg in three sets

Salisbury downs Penn State-Harrisburg in three sets

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University volleyball team earned its third-straight three-set sweep on Wednesday night, defeating Penn State University-Harrisburg 25-12, 25-21, 25-18 at Maggs Physical Activities Center in Capital Athletic Conference action.

The Sea Gulls hosted their "Dig Pink" night for the game, helping to raise money for breast cancer, working alongside the Side-Out Foundation. The team exceeded its goal of $500 for the game.

The Lions took the first point of the match, but freshman Nicole Venturelli responded with a kill to get the Gulls on the board and start a 6-0 run. Freshman Kelly Surkovich tallied three service aces in the opening stretch for a 6-1 lead.

Two more Venturelli kills and two Gina Fischetti service aces pushed the lead to 12-4, before Salisbury took a double-digit lead on an ace from junior Krista Pecenka, 17-7.

Having control of the first set throughout, junior Shannon Russell got the Sea Gulls the match lead with a kill for the final point.

Penn State-Harrisburg came out of the break strong in the second set, taking an early 7-5 lead.

A Russell kill gave the Gulls their first lead 8-7, beginning a 10-4 run to build a six-point edge. Venturelli added two more kills in the spurt, as she led the team with 11 on the night, before junior Colleen White and sophomore Sydney Davis capped the run with a block.

The Lions fought back to cut the lead to 18-17, but Russell and Venturelli put down two more kills each to lead the Sea Gulls to the second-set win for a 2-0 lead.

Russell continued her strong night into the third set, notching two service aces to lead Salisbury to a quick 3-0 lead. She finished the match with 10 kills and three aces. She tallied five more of her kills as the Gulls continued to build their lead to 16-9.

The lead was pushed to 18-9, with a block by sophomore Samantha Chubb, but the Lions again fought back with a 9-5 run to cut the advantage to 23-18. However, two Penn State-Harrisburg errors ended the match for Salisbury's fifth CAC win.

Salisbury was led on defense by Surkovich's eight digs, while sophomore Rachel Pierson tallied 26 assists.

Salisbury stays home for its next games, hosting a tri-match with conference-foe Frostburg State University and Alvernia University on Saturday, October 24. The Sea Gulls take on Frostburg at 11 a.m., before battling Alvernia at 3 p.m.

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