Salisbury takes Buttermaker Tournament crown with wins over Muhlenberg, Elizabethtown

ALLENTOWN, Pa. – The Salisbury University volleyball team earned its second tournament crown in as many weekends on Saturday, finishing off the Buttermaker Tournament, hosted by Muhlenberg College, with a pair of wins.

Playing in the winner's pool, Salisbury topped the other two teams, Muhlenberg and Elizabethtown College, which entered the day undefeated from pool play on Friday, to claim the title.

Salisbury opened the day with a 3-1 win over the host Mules, splitting the first two sets by matching 25-18 scores; the Sea Gulls claimed the first set and Muhlenberg tied things up at one apiece. Salisbury took the third, 25-22, before making a statement in the fourth game with a 25-11 win to close out the match.

Senior Chelsea Glowacki and freshman Ashlyn Tapley led the way in the match, with each registering 12 kills; Glowacki did so while hitting a team-best .333.

Glowacki and classmates Kelly Vieira and Carley Todd each posted four block assists while Todd also added a solo block to go with a career-high 35 assists, four kills and seven digs.

Salisbury was led in digs by sophomore libero Michelle Meehan, who had 10, while Tapley added nine. Meehan also had six service aces starting a big day for her at the service line.

Salisbury (8-1) carried the momentum from the big fourth set into its second match of the day, rolling past Elizabethtown, 25-20, 25-23, 25-13, to claim the team title.

Meehan had a dozen digs in the match, but got on a roll with her serve in the narrow second set, serving eight-straight points, which included a pair of aces. The run brought Salisbury from behind in the set, which they would narrowly win.

Tapley paced the Gulls offensively with 14 kills and added nine digs while Glowacki was good for seven kills, five digs and a pair of block assists.

Todd posted another 33 assists in the match and had four kills and a pair of blocks to go with Vieira's 13 digs and four kills.

Glowacki and Vieira were each named to the All-Tournament Team.

Salisbury will be back in action on Wednesday night as the Sea Gulls host York (Pa.) College at Maggs Physical Activities Center in each team's Capital Athletic Conference opener. The match is slated to begin at 7 p.m.

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