SALISBURY, Md. – The No. 15 Salisbury University volleyball team earned a 3-0 win against the University of Mary Washington on Thursday night, in the semifinal round of the Capital Athletic Conference tournament, to advance to Sunday's title match.
The fourth-seeded Eagles jumped out to an early lead in the opening set, taking the first three points and holding the lead until a 7-3 run by the Gulls allowed Salisbury to claim a 10-9 lead on a Kacey Franz service ace.
Top-seeded Salisbury never trailed through the remainder of the set, holding a narrow lead until the Eagles tied things at 23-23. But Salisbury would come away with the opening set, 26-24, after a dual block from senior Kelly Vieira and junior Julie Poston followed by senior Jenna Shay's kill.
The second set saw another close start, with seven ties early on. But it was a mid-set run by the Gulls that allowed Salisbury to take a commanding lead in the set. Tied at 8-8, senior Chelsea Glowacki's kill, one of five in the set for her, sparked an 8-3 run allowing the Gulls to grab a 16-11 lead.
Salisbury would continue to pull away in the set, hitting .367 in the frame, to take it 25-16.
The Sea Gulls made their run early in the third set, opening up an 8-5 lead on the strength of three service aces by sophomore Michelle Meehan. But the Eagles battled back, tying the set at 10-10.
It was the first of six ties in the closing set before the Sea Gulls ran off five-straight points to take an 18-13 lead, prompting a Mary Washington timeout. Out of the break, the Eagles claimed the first point, but Salisbury was too strong, with a service ace from freshman Ashlyn Tapley and kills by Shay and Vieira guiding the Sea Gulls to a 25-15 win to close out the match.
Tapley finished with 10 kills in the match, on just 13 attempts and no errors (.769 hitting percentage). Salisbury hit .350 in the final set and .314 for the match. Shay also had a night with no errors, finishing with nine kills on 14 tries (.643 hitting percentage). Todd posted 29 assists and 10 digs to go with five kills on the night.
Mary Washington was paced by Kayla Crawford, who registered 10 kills in the match.
Salisbury will host the CAC tournament championship match on Sunday afternoon. The Sea Gulls will take on second-seeded Marymount (Va.) University in the title match at Maggs Physical Activities Center. The Saints survived third-seeded St. Mary's (Md.) College, 3-2, on Friday night. Sunday's match will begin at 1 p.m.