September 12, 2012

Sea Gulls earn 3-0 win over York in first CAC match of season

SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 24 Salisbury University volleyball team rolled to a 3-0 Capital Athletic Conference victory against York (Pa.) College on Wednesday night, allowing the Spartans to surpass a dozen points in just one of the three sets.

Senior Kelly Vieira led the way for the Gulls, ripping nine kills with a .318 hitting percentage, while digging six balls and coming up with four blocks (one solo).

After the first set was tied at 2-2, the Sea Gulls ran away at a torrid pace. Vieira served four points in a row as Salisbury opened up a 6-2 lead before Chelsea Glowacki served Salisbury to a 12-0 run, which included a pair of service aces.

Freshman Ashlyn Tapley  and senior Carley Todd each notched a pair of kills in the run as the Gulls cruised to the first set, 25-6.

The Salisbury defense registered 25 digs in the set, holding York (2-8, 0-1 CAC) to just four kills in the frame and five hitting errors. Sophomore libero Michelle Meehan had six digs in the first set, on her way to 10 in the match.

The second set was the closest of the night. Salisbury led throughout, but never by more than six points. The six-point edge came at 13-7 when Vieira notched one of her five kills in the set.

The Spartans would chip away, cutting the Salisbury edge to one, 17-16, before the Gulls (9-1, 1-0 CAC) put together a 5-0 run to push the lead back to six and held on for the 25-21 win.

The third set began with a 4-1 Salisbury run, including a kill and service ace by Tapley. York was able to tie the set at 5-5, but the Gulls had another big run in them to control the match. Four York attack errors, a kill by Glowacki and two by freshman Lindsay Tapley, would send the Gulls up 13-5 and they would not look back.

Lindsay Tapley posted all three of her kills in the match in the final set, a 25-12 win, as Salisbury remained unbeaten in matches against CAC competition in 13 consecutive contests, since the end of the 2010 season.

York was led by Dani Mastroieni and Jessica Moyer, who each had four kills in the match. Brandi Kinard also had 12 digs.

Salisbury will be back in action this weekend, hosting the Sea Gull Classic on Friday and Saturday. The Sea Gulls will take on Centenary (N.J.) College and Gallaudet University on Friday while playing host to DeSales University and Baldwin Wallace University on Saturday.

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