YORK, Pa. – The Salisbury University volleyball team took to the road Wednesday evening as it traveled to the York College of Pennsylvania for a crucial Capital Athletic Conference match. The Sea Gulls fell to the host Spartans by the final score of 3-1, jumping out to a 1-0 lead before dropping the next three sets.
Amanda Chew and Nicole Venturelli led the Salisbury (13-9, 2-4 CAC) offense with 10 kills each and were the only two players for the maroon and gold to tally double-digit kills. Gianna Savarese hammered home nine kills of her own while posting a team-best .333 hitting percentage.
Salisbury captured the opening set in convincing fashion claiming the set by the final score of 25-15. The Sea Gulls tallied 12 kills in the set on 39 total attacks to post a hitting percentage of .205. Meanwhile York totaled 11 kills but committed 12 attacking errors to tally a hitting percentage of -.025.
However, York (17-7, 4-3 CAC) battled back in the second set to claim a thrilling set win, 26-24, to level the score line at one apiece. The Sea Gulls were held to just seven kills in the set while the Spartan offense hammered home 11 of their own on 38 total attacks to post a hitting percentage of .184.
The Spartans offense continued to roll in the third set holding off a Salisbury rally, which saw the Gulls come from seven down early in the set to level the match at 18-18 behind a 12-5 run. However, York held on for a 25-20 victory finishing the set on a 7-2 scoring run of its own. Hannah Sullivan helped spark the rally for the maroon and gold scoring on both sides of the ball tallying a service ace and a solo block.
York managed to close out the match in the fourth set posting a 25-20 victory behind 13 kills on 41 total attacks, and a hitting percentage of .220. Salisbury tallied seven kills to hit just .111 in the defeat.
Overall, Salisbury totaled 36 kills to York's 43 while the Sea Gulls committed just 21 total errors to the Spartans' 40. As a team the maroon and gold out hit the Spartans .139 to .129. The Sea Gulls also tallied 22 total blocks with Venturelli and Savarese each recording six.
Salisbury returns to action on Friday, October 26 when it travels to Frostburg State University to compete in the Frostburg Quad. The Sea Gulls will take on the host Bobcats at 6 p.m., on Friday night.