SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University volleyball team hosted Stockton and Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) opponent Christopher Newport on Saturday in a tri-match, but fell to each opponent, 3-0 and 3-2.
Final Score (Match 1): Christopher Newport 3, Salisbury 0 (25-22, 25-15, 25-22)
Final Score (Match 2): Stockton 3, Salisbury 2 (19-25, 25-21, 29-27, 20-25, 15-12)
Records: Salisbury (13-7, 2-3 CAC) | Chris. Newport (17-7, 5-0 CAC) | Stockton (20-2, 4-0 NJAC)
Location: Salisbury, Md. – Maggs Physical Activities Center
HOW IT HAPPENED
Salisbury vs. Christopher Newport
- The Captains came out strong in the opening set, scoring each of the first five points before the Sea Gulls went off on a rally of their own to eventually take an early 8-6 lead. The Captains battled back, however, with a 12-7 run to take their largest lead of the set at 18-13 and eventually took the set, 25-22.
- The Captains kept the momentum in the second set, jumping out to an early 11-4 lead. The Sea Gulls tried their best to cut into the deficit, but the Captains were too much, eventually going up two sets to none with a 25-15 victory.
- Despite finding themselves trailing by as many as seven at one point in the third set, the Sea Gulls played a better game, eventually pulling within two with a late rally, 24-22. However, the Captains closed it out on the following volley to take the set and the match.
Salisbury vs. Stockton
- Salisbury played perhaps its best set of the day to open the match against Stockton, jumping out to an early 7-1 lead on the Ospreys. The Sea Gulls led by as many as seven-point on multiple occasions, but Stockton kept making enough plays to stay within reach. After the Ospreys pulled within four at 23-19, the Sea Gulls shut the door, scoring the final two points and taking the set, 25-19.
- Set two was a battle from beginning to end as it featured 10 ties and four lead changes before Stockton went on a 6-0 run to take a late 19-13 lead. Salisbury pulled back within two at 20-18, but the Ospreys closed it out, eventually taking the set, 25-21.
- Salisbury held the edge early in set three, taking an early 10-6 lead and holding on to it late into the set at 24-17. However, Stockton had its best rally of the day by battling back from only a point away from dropping the set to tying it 24-24. The two sides traded points until the Ospreys finally broke through to win the set 29-27 and go up two sets to one.
- The fourth set featured five ties and three lead changes before Salisbury gave itself a little room with a 7-1 run to go up 15-10. Stockton pulled within one point on two separate occasions late in the set, but Salisbury held to two wins 25-20 and force a fifth set.
- The Sea Gulls lead early in the final set of the day 8-6 before the teams switched sides. However, Stockton showed its mettle, scoring nine of the final 13 points to take the set, 15-12 and win the match, 3-2.
- Amanda Chew led all Sea Gulls with 28 kills on the day with six digs, five blocks and an assist. Chloe Adam added 22 kills of her own while Carley Cleland and Angelina Casserly contributed kill totals of 20 and 18, respectively.
- Blair Pausic combined for 82 assists across both matches while adding 12 digs.
- Hailey Dougherty had a team-high 37 digs on the day while Darian DiMatteo totaled 17 digs.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE
- Teammates Dougherty, Chew and Jenna Feinauer continue to lead the conference in a variety of statistical categories. Feinauer leads in blocks per set (1.04), while Dougherty tops all CAC athletes in total digs (420) and digs per set (5.38). Chew leads in total kills (307) and kills per set (3.94).