SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 18 Salisbury University volleyball team remained perfect in Capital Athletic Conference play, claiming a 3-0 victory over Wesley College at Maggs Physical Activities Center on Wednesday.
Salisbury opened the match on a 9-3 run, prompting a Wesley timeout, as senior Chelsea Glowacki put down the Sea Gulls' opening point of the night. Glowacki had another kill in the set while freshman Ashlyn Tapley added two of her own.
The Sea Gulls (26-2, 4-0 CAC) never looked back in the opening set; a service ace by sophomore Michelle Meehan, as part of a 5-0 run, helped Salisbury stretch its lead to 15 points and, after a brief Wesley burst, Glowacki's final of six first-set kills and service ace pushed the lead to 24-11. A block by seniors Carley Todd and Kelly Vieira on the next point closed out the first set.
The second set was the closest of the night as the Wolverines (4-22, 0-6 CAC) held the lead throughout much of the frame. Following the first two points going in Salisbury's column, including a kill by junior Tam Weems, Wesley claimed seven of the next 11 points to grab a 7-6 advantage.
The Wolverines' lead would grow to as much as five, on two occasions, in the opening set (18-13 and 19-14). Senior Jenna Shay sparked a 5-0 Salisbury run, tying the set at 19-19, and though Wesley retook the lead late, 23-21, Salisbury got kills from senior Kristin Jehle, sophomore Mattie Smith and Todd as part of a 5-1 spurt to end the set with a 26-24 victory.
The Sea Gulls opened the third set 4-1, with two kills from Tapley and another by Todd, and were never threatened. The lead quickly grew to 11-3 when Todd dropped in one of her four aces on the night and Salisbury pulled away to the 25-10 win to clinch the match.
Vieira and Weems combined for the final four points, with two kills each, as Weems finished with five kills, on seven attempts, in the match. Glowacki and Tapley each finished with seven kills to lead all players while Todd had 24 assists to go with two blocks. Freshman Kacey Franz had a match-high nine digs and seven assists.
Salisbury looks to lock up a first-round Capital Athletic Conference tournament bye when the Sea Gulls are back in action on Saturday at Frostburg State University for a tri-match. A win against the Bobcats, in a match that begins at 11 a.m., would give Salisbury a first-round bye. Salisbury will also take on Carnegie Mellon University on Saturday, at 1 p.m.