NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – In a historic day in program history, the No. 17 Salisbury University volleyball team earned two wins on the second day of the Christopher Newport University Invitational, closing out the regular season. The wins earned Head Coach Margie Knight her 400th career victory, while senior middle hitter Chelsea Glowacki tied for the program record in career blocks.
The Sea Gulls topped Averett University, 3-0, and Virginia Wesleyan College, 3-1, holding their opponents to 17 or fewer points in five sets.
Knight, the winningest coach in program history, now has a 16-year career record of 400-174 (.697 winning percentage).
In the first match, against Averett, the Sea Gulls fell behind 5-2 to open the match. But the Cougar lead would be short lived as senior Carley Todd sparked a 6-1 Salisbury run to give the Gulls an 8-6 lead. Todd had two service aces during the stretch, while classmate Kelly Vieira added one and senior Jenna Shay capped the spurt with a solo block.
Vieira had four kills in the set on her way to seven in the match, tying Todd and freshman Ashlyn Tapley for match-high honors.
Salisbury would not trail again in the match until the third set, picking up the 25-16 win in the first and never trailing in the second to take a 25-14 win.
In the third, the Cougars took the opening point before Salisbury scored five straight, including a pair of aces by Glowacki. Salisbury was not threatened in the final set, cruising to a 25-10 win.
Todd had 19 assists to lead the team, while Tapley also had eight kills.
In Salisbury's final match of the tournament, the Gulls dropped the first set to Virginia Wesleyan, 30-28, in a thrilling game which featured 16 ties and 10 lead changes.
Down 24-22, the Sea Gulls came back with a Marlin attack error and kills by Shay and junior Julie Poston to take a 25-24 lead. The set would be tied five more times before a Kala Guy kill ended the set.
The second set began in similar fashion as it was tied five times in the first 10 points. A Vieira block tied the frame for the final time at 13-13 before the Sea Gulls rattled off 11 of the next 13 points for a 24-15 lead. Poston and Glowacki each had two kills during the run. Glowacki led the way for Salisbury in the match with 13 kills while Poston had 10 as Salisbury took the second set, 25-16.
Salisbury ran out to a 10-5 lead in the third set before the Marlins came back to take a small advantage, but a 7-1 Sea Gull run gave Salisbury the lead for good, grabbing the set 25-21.
A late run in the third set allowed Salisbury to pull away for the 25-16 win. During the 8-2 run Glowacki came up with a solo block of Virginia Wesleyan's Alex Lambert. The block was Glowacki's third of the match and 449th of her career, tying her for the most blocks in program history with Nicole Massarelli (2006-09).
Todd and Vieira were both named to the CNU Invitational All-Tournament team for their performances. Todd dished out 127 assists on the weekend and had 36 kills while Vieira also had 36 kills while hitting .353.
The Sea Gulls will be back in action on Thursday, Nov. 1, hosting a Capital Athletic Conference semifinal match. Salisbury received a first-round bye as the No. 1 seed in the CAC tournament, and will take on either No. 4 the University of Mary Washington or No. 5 Frostburg State University.
Prior to the match, Knight will be recognized during a ceremony for her milestone victory.