SALISBURY, Md. – Salisbury University volleyball welcomed four teams to town on Friday evening when it kicked off the 2017 Sea Gull Classic at Maggs Physical Activities Center. The Sea Gulls came flying out of the gates this season sweeping Friday night's matches to begin the season 2-0 defeating Medaille College and Swarthmore College both in straight sets.
Salisbury 3, Medaille 0
Salisbury got off on the right foot sweeping the Mavericks in the tournament's first match. The maroon and gold won by scores of 25-11, 25-15, and 25-10 to earn the opening match win and sweep. The Gulls hit an impressive .338 as a team in the match totaling 36 kills will committing only 10 errors as a team. In what proved to be the most contested set, set two, Salisbury hit a whopping .423 while tallying 14 total kills on 26 total attacks, and committing just three errors.
Defensively, the Sea Gulls were equally as impressive holding Medaille to a team hitting percentage of -.012 and just 17 kills. The maroon and gold also forced 18 errors while totaling six blocks. Gianna Savarese and Alexis Howatt led the team with two blocks apiece.
For the match Nicole Venturelli led the maroon and gold with 12 kills and posted an impressive .346 hitting percentage. Senior Sydney Davis totaled five kills on six attacks to post and a team-high .866 hitting percentage while Carley Cleland finished second on the team with six kills on 11 total attacks.
Overall, every Sea Gull got to participate with 10 players recording at least one kill and nine players tallying a hitting percentage of .300 or better.
Salisbury 3, Swarthmore 0
In the second match of the evening the Gulls grinded out a tough 3-0 victory over the Garnet of Swarthmore College. Salisbury captured the first two sets (25-22 and 25-19) by a combined seven points as the Garnet would not go away without a fight in either. Other than a small rally late in set three the maroon and gold cruised to a comfortable 25-17 victory to complete the sweep.
Once again Venturelli paced the Salisbury offense tallying 12 kills, a remarkable hitting percentage of .478, and four service aces. Davis continued her offensive prowess from the first match posting another team-high hitting percentage totaling seven kills on 11 attacks to record a percentage of .545. Middle hitter Savarese jumped in on the offensive side tallying a percentage of .500 with four kills and only one error.
Rachel Dubbs and Howatt combined for 30 assists posting 11 and 19, respectively. On the defensive side the Sea Gulls were sensational once again totaling 18 blocks, seven of which came from Savarese, while Amanda Rodriguez collected 14 digs to lead the team. As a team the maroon and gold held Swarthmore to a hitting percentage of just .035 including a -.048 in the third and final set.
Overall, the Gulls hit .258 for the match with 36 kills on 97 attacks and tallied 31 assists. They totaled four service aces and recorded 45 digs throughout to complete the three-set sweep.
Salisbury returns to action tomorrow Saturday, September 2 when it hosts Geneva College in its third match of the Sea Gull Classic. The match is set to begin at 11 a.m.