Volleyball closes out weekend at Catholic with Sweep

Volleyball closes out weekend at Catholic with Sweep

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Salisbury University volleyball team competed in day two of the CUA Guetle Invitational on Saturday afternoon and won two out of two matches. The Sea Gulls defeated both University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg and host Catholic University of America.

Salisbury 3, Pitt-Greensburg 0

In Salisbury's first match of the day the maroon and gold cruised to a 3-0 victory defeating Pitt-Greensburg (1-7) in straight sets by scores of 25-16, 25-12, and 25-15. It is the second straight weekend at a tournament that the Gulls have won their first three matches in straight sets.

On the offensive side Nicole Venturelli paced Salisbury with 11 kills on 26 total attacks and three service aces while committing only four errors. It is Venturelli's seventh consecutive match tallying double digit kills. Gianna Savarese finished second on the team in kills with six while posting a team-high .600 hitting percentage.

Alexis Howatt and Rachel Dubbs finished the match first and second, respectively, in assists combining for 24 of the Sea Gulls' 28 assists, dishing out 14 and 10.

As a team Salisbury totaled eight service aces, 30 kills, and posted a team hitting percentage of .238.   

Salisbury 3, Catholic 2

In the second match of the afternoon against Catholic (7-2), Salisbury battled with the Cardinals in a five-set thriller. All three of the Sea Gulls' set wins were two-point wins by scores of 27-25, 26-24, and 16-14.

Venturelli recorded her eighth straight match with double-digit kills with a season-high and team-high 19 kills on another season-high 72 attacks. Carley Cleland and freshman Lacey Swartout also got in on the action as the only other Gulls to tally double-digit kills hitting career-highs 13 and 16 respectively. Cleland paced the team with a team-high .303 hitting percentage while Swartout finished second with a hitting percentage of .250.

Howatt and Dubbs shined again on the offensive side combining for 52 of the maroon and gold's 59 assist, dishing out 29 and 23 respectively. Both are season-highs for Howatt and Dubbs as is the team total.

As a team Salisbury totaled 59 kills on a season-high 197 attacks and tallied 12 service aces for the match.      

Salisbury (7-1) returns to action on Friday, September 15 when it travels to the Knights Invitational at Neumann University. The Sea Gulls will take on Moravian College at 6 p.m., and then will square off against host Neumann at 8 p.m.

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