SALISBURY, Md. – After waiting nearly 26 months between official games, the Salisbury University volleyball team came out firing on all cylinders, sweeping the Marymount (Va.) Saints 3-0 (25-11, 25-23, 25-14) on Wednesday night at the Maggs Physical Activities Center.
HOW IT HAPPENED
- The Sea Gulls opened up set one with three straight points, and the teams traded points until a Saints kill made it 8-5 Salisbury. SU then picked up three points in a row, including back-to-back kills from Jackie Mitchell, to make it 11-5.
- After MU got it back to 11-7, Hannah Sullivan powered a kill off an overpass, followed by an ace from Darian DiMatteo, an Amanda Chew kill and another Sullivan strike to make it 15-7 SU.
- With the score 18-11, Salisbury went on a blazing 7-0 run to finish off the first set. The first six points of the run came on kills, starting with Jenna Feinauer and followed by a pair from Chew, back-to-back strikes from Mitchell and one from Angelina Casserly to make it 24-11. A Saints attack error gave the Sea Gulls the point to ice it at 25-11.
- Salisbury kept the ball rolling in the second set, with Chew rattling off three straight kills to help the Sea Gulls open up with a 4-0 lead, and SU went up by as many as 10-5 before the Saints started nibbling back. An ace from Jada Griffith brought MU back within 13-12, and eventually Kaitlyn Doyle and Katee Stomberg teamed up with a block to tie it at 17-17.
- Marymount took the lead on an SU attack error and went up 19-17 on a kill from Doyle. The Sea Gulls turned it around from there, though, as Sullivan launched a kill and Chew pounded out two in a row to seize the lead back at 20-19.
- An SU error tied it at 20-20, then the Sea Gulls scored four in a row on three Saint errors and a Jensen Haas ace. Marymount strung together three points to get it to 24-23, but a kill from Feinauer sealed the deal for Salisbury at 25-23.
- After giving up the first point of the third set, the Sea Gulls grabbed five in a row in a stretch that included two more aces from Haas. Marymount hung with SU until the 8-4 mark, at which point Chew struck again with a kill to open the floodgates on an 11-3 run to surge ahead 19-7.
- The teams went back-and-forth until Salisbury set up match point at 24-14, and Sullivan and Chloe Adam teamed up for one last stuff to put the third set and the match in the books for Salisbury, 25-14.
SALISBURY GAME NOTES
- Amanda Chew led all attackers with 12 kills and a .435 hitting percentage, one of three Sea Gulls to attack the ball at a .400 clip or higher. Chew also added seven digs and served up two aces.
- Caitlyn Edman and Jenna Feinauer added seven kills apiece, striking the ball at a .417 and .400 hitting percentage, respectively. Feinauer also teamed up for three block assists.
- Brooke Young made her collegiate debut as the Sea Gulls' starting setter and served up a game-high 17 assists. Ella Franks added 11 assists of her own.
- Jensen Haas led the SU back line with 11 digs, while Franks and Darian DiMatteo notched five digs apiece.
- The Sea Gulls attacked the ball ruthlessly in the first set, pounding out 15 kills against just two errors for a .419 team attack percentage.
- SU totaled 10 aces on the match, with Haas serving up a team-best three.
- The match was the first official contest for Salisbury since Nov. 7, 2019, when the Sea Gulls lost to Mary Washington in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC, now C2C) Tournament semifinals.
MARYMOUNT GAME NOTES
- Caylee Shelton led the Saints up front with six kills, while Kaitlyn Doyle pounded five kills of her own.
- Sydney Sands assisted on 11 kills and added five digs.
- Sarah Pham notched six digs, while Natalie Garbalosa added five.
- The Sea Gulls host McDaniel on Friday to open up the Sea Gull Classic, which will feature four teams in six matches over two days. First serve at the Maggs PAC is set for 6 p.m. with pregame coverage on the Sea Gull Sports Network (SGSN) beginning at 5:45 p.m.
- Following the conclusion of the Salisbury-McDaniel game, Eastern will play Neumann at approximately 8 p.m. The Sea Gull Classic will continue on Saturday.