Sea Gulls secure CAC No. 2 seed with 3-1 win over Marymount

Sea Gulls secure CAC No. 2 seed with 3-1 win over Marymount

SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University volleyball team closed out the home portion of its regular season on Wednesday night in Capital Athletic Conference action against Marymount (Va.) University in Maggs Physical Activities Center. The Sea Gulls defeated the Saints in four sets, 25-17, 17-25, 25-18, 25-14, securing the No. 2 seed in the upcoming CAC tournament and a first-round bye.

Two kills by freshman Nicole Venturelli and a kill from junior Jordan Lawson helped the Sea Gulls take a 10-6 lead to start the match.

The advantage was pushed to 13-7, after three-straight points on a kill from junior Katie Stouffer, a solo block from sophomore Sydney Davis, and an assisted block by Stouffer and Davis. Davis posted three blocks in the first set and six for the match, while Stouffer led the team with 19 kills on the night.

Stouffer, Venturelli, and Lawson all added another kill, each, as Salisbury continued to hold its lead, 20-13, before three kills from Stouffer in the final four points gave SU the 1-0 lead.

Marymount took control early in the second set with a 10-5 lead and led the entire way. Salisbury got as close as 12-11 after a 4-0 run. Stouffer tallied two more kills, while Davis added two more blocks, with one solo and one assisted with sophomore Rachel Pierson.

However, the Saints stayed in control and tied the match 1-1.

Stouffer put down a kill to start the third set, sparking an 8-2 run; she tallied two kills in the spurt, while Lawson also notched two. Junior Gina Fischetti capped the run with her second service ace of the set.

Marymount cut the score to 15-11, but a 6-0 run, led by kills from Lawson, Davis, and junior Shannon Russell increased the edge to double digits, 21-11.

Lawson and Russell each added another kill, before Stouffer again capped a set with the final kill, taking a 2-1 lead for Salisbury.

The Sea Gulls left little doubt in the final set, beginning on an 11-0 run. Russell posted three service aces in the first six points, while Stouffer notched two kills.

The Saints were able to cut the lead back to 15-9, but Russell sparked another long run with a kill. Stouffer added three kills in what would be a 7-1 stretch to give Salisbury a 22-10 lead.

Freshman Kelly Surkovich secured the win with a service ace, 25-14.

Lawson and Russell finished with eight and seven kills, respectively. Surkovich led the way with 10 digs, while Russell added nine, and Pierson led the setting with 37 assists.

The Sea Gulls finish out the 2015 regular season on Saturday, October 31, taking on CAC-foe York College of Pennsylvania and Lycoming College in a tri-match at York. First up at 1 p.m., the Gulls take on the Spartans, before going against Lycoming at 3 p.m.

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