WASHINGTON D.C. – The Salisbury University volleyball team traveled to our nation's capital on Friday to compete in the Guetle Invitational and started off the weekend with a victory over Chatham University in straight sets. It is the Sea Gulls third consecutive victory in straight sets and fourth in their last five matches.
The Sea Gulls (4-2), for the second straight match, used a balance attack on offense and solid defense, holding the Cougars to a team-hitting percentage of .090. Salisbury limited the Cougars attack to just 24 kills while never allowing them to hit higher than .211 in a set.
Salisbury edged out a 25-18 victory in the first set using three separate scoring runs of three points to help put some distance between itself and the Cougars (1-4). Nicole Venturelli, who posted a team and match-best 13 kills, tallied four kills in the set to aid in the win.
In the second set the Sea Gull offense continued its dominance posting a 10-point victory, 25-15, over Chatham. The maroon and gold raced out to a 6-0 lead and never allowed the Cougars to get any closer than four points, which happened just once. Salisbury dominated the stat sheet in set two posting a team-hitting percentage of .346 and totaling 14 kills as a team, while only committing five attacking errors.
Salisbury cruised to a, 25-17, victory in the final set to complete the sweep posting a team-hitting percentage of .316, tallying 15 kills and committing just three attacking errors on 38 total attacks. Six different Salisbury players tallied kills in the set, led by Venturelli's four.
The Sea Gulls finished the afternoon with a team hitting percentage of .291 with Gianna Savarese posting a team-high .538 mark tallying eight kills and a block in the victory. Hailey Dougherty recorded a team-best 15 digs while Rachel Dubbs led all Salisbury players with 34 assists.
Salisbury returns to action on Saturday, September 8 when it takes on University of Pittsburgh – Greensburg and tournament host Catholic University. The matches are scheduled to start at 12 and 2 p.m. respectively.