SALISBURY, Md. – The fifth seeded Salisbury University volleyball team will travel to top seeded University of Mary Washington for Capital Athletic Conference second round action on Thursday evening.
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How we got here
The Sea Gulls scored a 3-0 sweep of fourth seeded Southern Virginia University on Tuesday evening overcoming an earlier season, 3-1, defeat at the hands of the Knights. Salisbury was led by Nicole Venturelli, who posted a team-best 11 kills for her seventh straight double-digit kill match performance.
How they got here
University of Mary Washington advanced to the second round claiming a 3-0 sweep of St. Mary's College of Maryland. The Eagles didn't allow the Seahawks to score more than 18 points in any of the three sets played including holding them to a low of 10 points in the decisive third set.
Tenley Hares was one of two Mary Washington players that posted a double-digit kill performance with 16 for the match while teammate Savannah Powers hammered home 13 of her own. Powers also posted a team-best hitting percentage of .429 while both Hares and Peyton Dunow recorded hitting marks of .333.
Scouting the Eagles
Dunow leads the offensive attack for the Eagles with team-high's in kills with 243 and kills per set with 2.45. Powers and Leslie Walters are both tied for second most kills on the team with 231 while Powers has posted a 2.41 kills per set to rank second on the team.
The defensive side of the ball is led by Ryan Cho, who has totaled 464 digs this season with an average of 4.59 digs per set. Cho's marks of 464 digs and 4.59 digs per set rank fourth and fifth respectively in the CAC this season.
On their home court the Eagles are averaging 13.18 kills per set and a hitting percentage of .269 playing in just 22 sets as compared to 33 sets played on the road. Mary Washington has also posted team-best marks in assists per set with 12.68, 15.82 digs per set, and 2.05 blocks per set at home this season compared to their road and neutral site statistics.
Last time we met
These two teams met just under a month ago on October 13 here at Salisbury University on homecoming and Senior Day. The Eagles swept the Sea Gulls, 3-0, winning by scores of 25-19, 28-19, and 25-18.
Chew led the Salisbury attack as the only player to tally double-digit kills with 11 while Venturelli hammered home nine of her own. As a team Salisbury hit .261 for the match totaling 33 kills and 31 assists but committed 36 unforced errors in the match.
Meanwhile, Mary Washington had three players post double-digit kill performances as Powers led the Eagle attack with 11 kills while Hares and Dunow tallied 10 each. As a team Mary Washington totaled 40 kills and hit an eye popping .302 for the match with Hares hitting a team-best .500 for the match.
The winner of the match will earn the right to advance to CAC Championship on Saturday, November 3 and will take on the winner of Christopher Newport University and York College of Pennsylvania. The match will be played at the highest remaining seeds venue.