CHESTER, Pa. – After enduring close losses the night before, the Salisbury University volleyball team bounced back and breezed to a pair of easy tri-match victories, sweeping the Wilkes Colonels, 3-0 (25-14, 25-14, 25-11), and the Widener Pride, 3-0 (25-19, 25-19, 25-20), on Saturday afternoon at the Schwartz Center.
HOW IT HAPPENED vs. WILKES
- Jenna Feinauer's kill brought the Sea Gulls into a 3-3 tie early in set one, and an Ella Franks service ace and Colonel bad set boosted SU's lead to 5-3. After Wilkes got a point back, Salisbury rattled off four in a row and responded to a two-point WU rally with a six-pointer of their own to go up 15-6.
- The Sea Gulls kept Wilkes at an arm's length for the rest of the set. Angelina Casserly accounted for four kills in the final 10 points, while Feinauer notched three strikes and Hannah Sullivan iced a 25-14 set victory with her own kill.
- Wilkes kept pace through the early portion of the first set, taking a 10-9 lead on a kill from Emily Lass. Casserly tied it for SU with a kill, then Natalie Uibel fired three kills in a row, giving the Sea Gulls a 13-10 cushion.
- After the Colonels scored two in a row to get back within 13-12, Salisbury tallied eight in a row and 12 of the next 14 to run away with the second set. Sullivan's kill capped the 8-0 run that boosted the lead to 21-12, then Jackie Mitchell rattled off three kills in four points and Salisbury clinched the second 25-14 on a WU attack error.
- Salisbury kept the momentum going through set three. Kayla Pedersen began proceedings with an ace and then a Uibel kill and attack error gave the Sea Gulls a 3-0 lead. Wilkes answered with two of their own, but Salisbury responded with a 6-0 run, capped Casserly's back-to-back kills to make it 9-2 SU.
- The Sea Gulls continued their surge and built the lead to 15-4 on an ace from Uibel. From there the Colonels stabilized, trading points through the rest of the set, but it was too little, too late. Uibel accounted for kills on each of Salisbury's final three points, clinching the set and the match 25-11.
SALISBURY GAME NOTES
- Angelina Casserly and Natalie Uibel led the Sea Gull attack with 12 kills apiece, each swinging at over a .600 clip (Casserly .611, Uibel .667).
- Jenna Feinauer also reached double digit kills, bringing the hammer 11 times (.500), and blocked five shots, including four solo blocks.
- Brooke Young set up 19 assists, while Claudia Sweitzer added eight of her own.
- Darian DiMatteo notched 22 digs to go along with four assists.
- Kayla Pedersen accounted for three of the Sea Gulls' nine service aces, and DiMatteo landed two aces of her own.
- Salisbury swung an impressive .463 as a team, landing 44 kills against just seven errors in 80 attacks.
WILKES GAME NOTES
- Alexis Reedy's five kills led the Colonels up front.
- Alexa Cassel served up 13 assists, accounting for all but for of Wilkes' helpers.
- Ali Yordy led the way from the back with 11 digs.
HOW IT HAPPENED vs. WIDENER
- After falling behind 5-2 early in the first set, the Sea Gulls fought back to tie it at 6-6 and took the lead on a Jenna Feinauer-Brooke Young block, followed by a Natalie Uibel kill to make it 8-6 SU.
- The teams stayed close and Alex Verchio's kill brought the Pride within one at 10-9, but Salisbury scored three in a row on a service error, Kayla Pedersen ace and block from Angelina Casserly and Hannah Sullivan to make it 13-9 and force a WU timeout.
- The Pride notched three in a row to get within 13-12, but Salisbury answered with four in a row and seven of the next nine to surge ahead 20-14. Widener never got closer than four the rest of the way, and the Sea Gulls iced it on a Jackie Mitchell kill and WU attack error to claim set one 25-19.
- The second set began as a back-and-forth affair that saw Salisbury take a 10-8 lead, at which point the Sea Gulls found a new gear and rattled off seven in a row. Casserly got things started with a kill, and Feinauer's solo block capped the run to give SU a 17-8 advantage.
- Widener inched closer through the rest of the set, but the Sea Gulls' lead proved insurmountable, and Uibel finished the 25-19 set victory with a kill.
- Feinauer and Mitchell began the third set with kills to put Salisbury up 2-0, but the Sea Gulls could never get more than three points clear of Widener through the early set, eventually ceding the Pride a 9-8 lead. From there SU rediscovered its groove, though, netting three straight points and seven of the next eight to secure a 15-10 lead.
- The teams boxed evenly until the 21-17 mark, at which point Mitchell rattled off back-to-back kills and Uibel landed a service ace to get SU to match point at 24-17. Widener rallied for three straight of their own, but Young executed a setter dump for the clinching kill, finishing off the set and match 25-20.
SALISBURY GAME NOTES
- Jenna Feinauer led all attackers with 12 kills against just one error, good for a tip-top .688 attacking percentage.
- Jackie Mitchell contributed seven kills, while Natalie Uibel added six.
- Brooke Young set up 22 assists, while Ella Franks notched six of her own.
- Darian DiMatteo led the Sea Gulls from the back row with 17 digs.
- Uibel accounted for three of Salisbury's 10 service aces, and Angelina Casserly landed two aces of her own.
WIDENER GAME NOTES
- Lilyanna Martucci led the Pride with eight kills, followed closely by Shelby Motz's six.
- Megan Barthol notched 15 assists, while Sydney Nichols reached double digits with 10 assists.
- Madeline Dutterer dug out 10 attacks.
- The Sea Gulls continue their long road swing with a tri-match at Catholic on Friday, Oct. 15.
- SU squares off with Cabrini at 3 p.m. and hosts Catholic at 5 p.m.