Sea Gulls survive tough test at St. Mary's, improve to 14-1

ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. – The No. 23 Salisbury University volleyball team survived a tough test from Capital Athletic Conference foe St. Mary's (Md.) College on Tuesday night, coming away with a 3-1 win in four hard-fought sets.

Salisbury (14-1, 2-0 CAC) claimed the first set after falling behind 9-6. The Sea Gulls put together a six-point run, including a pair of service aces by senior Carley Todd, to take the lead. Todd also had two assists and a kill during the spurt; she finished the match with a career-best 47 assists, eight digs and six kills.

After the Seahawks (7-3, 1-1 CAC) got the lead down to 12-11 with a couple of points, the Gulls pulled away with a four-point run. Seniors Jenna Shay, Kelly Vieira and junior Julie Poston each had kills in the run. Shay would post three kills in the set, and led the team 13 kills (just one error) and a .400 hitting percentage in the match.

St. Mary's would take the second set, 25-19, with an 8-2 run in the middle of the frame key to the win, tying the match at 1-1.

The Sea Gulls opened the third set with their sights set on the momentum-shifting win, jumping out to an 11-6 lead. Freshman Ashlyn Tapley had a pair of kills early in the set and senior Chelsea Glowacki had a kill and two blocks.

Tapley finished the night with a dozen kills and 11 digs while Glowacki had seven kills and seven blocks in the match.

The Seahawks would tie the set twice, the latest time at 14-14, but could not overcome the Gulls, who claimed the 25-20 win.

The fourth set was the closest of the match with the largest lead by either team being three points, achieved twice by the Seahawks, the latest being 18-15. Tapley and Shay each had kills as the Gulls pulled back to tie the set at 20-20.

The set would be tied seven times after that point. Shay put away a kill to give Salisbury a 28-27 lead before Glowacki and junior Tam Weems combined for a block to the end the set and match.

Vieira finished with 11 kills for Salisbury while sophomore Michelle Meehan had 20 digs.

St. Mary's was led by Shelby Mullennix, who had 14 kills, and Michelle Klima had 10.

Salisbury will return to action on Friday and Saturday as the Gulls travel to Huntingdon, Pa., for the Juniata Invitational hosted by Juniata College.

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