FREDERICKSBURG, Va. – The third-seeded Salisbury University volleyball team fell to second-seeded Mary Washington, 3-0, in the semifinal round of the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) tournament on Thursday.
Final Score: Mary Washington 3, Salisbury 0
Records: Mary Washington (16-12) | Salisbury (18-11)
Location: Ron Rosner Arena – Fredericksburg, Va. (Mary Washington)
HOW IT HAPPENED
- There was an even pace to begin the first set as the teams found themselves in an early 5-5 tie. A 5-0 run followed for the Eagles to put them up 10-5, but the Sea Gulls scored the next three to pull back within two. Mary Washington continued to maintain a small lead over the next several volleys as Salisbury held its deficit to only one at 17-16. However, a strong 8-1 rally by the Eagles closed the set, 25-17.
- The second set began much the same as the first, with the two teams going stride-for-stride. Leading 10-9, Mary Washington scored four of the next five points to open the lead a little more at 14-10. Salisbury then scored the next three points to pull back within one at 14-13, but it was as close as the team could get before the Eagles caught fire late once again with an 11-3 run to seal the set, 25-16.
- Mary Washington jumped out to an early 11-6 lead in the third set, but Salisbury pushed back, scoring six of the next eight points to steal the lead at 13-12. The advantage was short-lived, however, as the Eagles answered with a 7-1 rally of their own to go up 19-14. The Sea Gulls pulled within four, but it was all they could muster as Mary Washington scored the final four points of the night to take the match and advance to the CAC championship match against top-seeded Christopher Newport University.
- Salisbury was held to a 0.80 hitting percentage on 113 attempts while Mary Washington's 102 attempts produced a hitting percentage of .255.
- Senior Hailey Dougherty once again led her team with 18 total digs. Freshman Blair Pausic also chipped in on defense, collecting eight digs of her own.
- Senior Kiana Bopp tallied a team-high 11 assists in the loss, with Pausic contributing nine more.
- Sophomore Amanda Chew led all Sea Gulls with 11 kills while adding six digs of her own. Sophomore Chloe Adam finished second on the team with seven.
- Senior Carley Cleland paced Salisbury with four blocks while sophomore Hannah Sullivan tallied three more.
- With an 18-11 overall record and a 5-5 record in the CAC, Salisbury waits for a potential at-large bid into the NCAA Division III National Tournament. The tournament field will be announced on Monday, Nov. 11 at 12:30 p.m.