October 30, 2012

Sea Gulls climb two more spots in AVCA poll to No. 15

LEXINGTON, Ky. – The Salisbury University volleyball team climbed two more spots in the American Volleyball Coaches Association Top 25 Coaches' Poll, released on Tuesday, reaching No. 15, the highest ranking in program history.

Salisbury went 4-1 in the final week of the regular season, clinching the Capital Athletic Conference regular season title with a 3-0 win against Marymount (Va.) University and a 3-0 win against then-No. 16 State University of New York at Cortland.

The win against SUNY Cortland came at the Christopher Newport University Invitational, where Salisbury went 3-1, the only set back a 3-1 loss to the host Captains, who dropped from No. 4 to No. 5 in this week's poll.

The Sea Gulls were the first team in nearly two weeks to win a game against CNU.

Salisbury received 260 points in this week's poll, just three behind No. 14 Pacific Lutheran University.

The top three teams in the poll remained unchanged with Washington University of St. Louis (593 points and 20 first-place votes), Calvin College (560 points) and Wittenberg University (540 points and four first-place votes) remaining in their spots. Hope College (516 points) moved up one spot to No. 4, just ahead of Christopher Newport (513).

Salisbury opens play in the CAC tournament on Friday, Nov. 2, hosting either No. 5 Frostburg State University or No. 4 the University of Mary Washington, in the semifinal round. The semifinal match, at Maggs Physical Activities Center, is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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