September 1, 2012

Sea Gulls sweep NYU Invitational; Todd named tournament MVP

NEW YORK – The Salisbury University volleyball team closed out a perfect sweep of the NYU Invitational, hosted by New York University, on Saturday defeating the State University of New York at Geneseo and Stevens Institute by scores of 3-0. The Gulls won their four matches in the tournament by a combined 12-0 score.

Senior setter Carley Todd, who finished the weekend with 30 kills and a .466 hitting percentage was named the tournament's Most Valuable Player. Todd also had 101 assists and 47 digs.

Salisbury rolled to its opening win on Saturday, taking down Geneseo 25-19, 25-23, 25-14 behind another near triple-double from Todd. The Greenlawn, N.Y., native posted 31 assists, which matches a career high, 10 digs and seven kills to go with three aces.

Freshman outside hitter Ashlyn Tapley continued the hot start to her career ripping a match-high 10 kills and digging five Geneseo attacks.

Seniors Kelly Vieira and Chelsea Glowacki added nine and eight kills, respectively, while Vieira had nine digs and Glowacki added seven.

Sophomore libero Michelle Meehan was good for 10 digs in the match as well.

After a pair of quick wins in the first two sets against Stevens, 25-14 and 25-18, the Sea Gulls (4-0) were forced into a few extra points for a 28-26 win to close out the contest.

Salisbury saw a balanced offensive attack in the match as seven players had at least four kills, led by junior Julie Poston's seven. Todd had 13 assists, seven digs and six more kills to close out her tournament (playing in just two sets), while Glowacki finished with five kills and six digs.

Meehan had 11 more digs and added three service aces while Vieira, senior Jenna Shay, sophomore Mattie Smith and freshman Lindsay Tapley each had four kills. Lindsay Tapley and classmate Kacey Franz each added seven assists in the match.

Salisbury will be off for three days before an early-season test. The Sea Gulls will welcome No. 1 Christopher Newport University to Maggs Physical Activities Center on Tuesday, Sept. 4, beginning at 6:30 p.m. The contest is the first of Salisbury's Gold Rush week and the first 50 Salisbury University students through the gate with a valid student I.D., will receive a free T-shirt. The first 1,000 fans through the door on Tuesday will also receive a free Sammy the Sea Gull press-on tattoo.

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