SALISBURY, Md. – Salisbury University volleyball cruised to a 3-0 victory over visiting Wesley College on Tuesday night. The Sea Gulls posted a team hitting percentage of .370 while holding the Wolverines' offense to a hitting percentage of .138 to earn the big Capital Athletic Conference win.
In the opening set Wesley (11-15, 0-7 CAC) jumped out to an 8-5 lead but were unable to keep the Salisbury (18-7, 6-1) attack at bay. Behind some impressive serves by Gina Fischetti the Sea Gulls ran off seven consecutive points to flip the score to 12-8 and never looked back cruising to a 25-15 win. Katie Stouffer tallied three of her six total first set kills during the scoring run. Overall, Salisbury tallied 15 kills in the first set and committed only two errors to hit .481 while Wesley hit .148 as a team and totaled only eight kills.
The Sea Gulls continued the offensive outburst in the second set winning by the final score of 25-19. After an initial back and forth in the early stages of the set that saw Wesley pull within four, 12-8, Salisbury found its rhythm and began to run away with the set. The Sea Gulls used an 8-5 run using kills by three different players including two from Jordan Lawson to stretch their lead to 20-13. After a brief rally by the Wolverines to cut the deficit to just five, 24-18, Nicole Venturelli, hammered home her third kills of the set to deliver the win and give Salisbury the 2-0 lead.
In what proved to be the third and final set the Sea Gulls raced out to a 6-1 lead but soon found their lead dwindled down to just one, 9-8. However, Salisbury was unfazed using an 11-4 run to explode out to a 20-12 lead. Five different players totaled kills of the Sea Gulls' 16 kills in the decisive set. After another brief rally by Wesley Sydney Davis pounded the final point of the match to deliver the 25-17 set win but more importantly overall victory.
Stouffer posted a match-high 14 kills while teammate Venturelli was the only other player between the two teams to record double digit kills with 11. Shannon Russell led the Salisbury defense with 10 digs while both Davis and Lawson each had three blocks apiece.
With the 14 kills Stouffer now only sits 38 kills away from breaking the all-time kills record currently held by Stacey Krebs.
Salisbury returns to action on October 28 at 6 p.m. when it hosts Southern Virginia University. With two games left the Sea Gulls sit in second place in the CAC Standings with the playoffs scheduled to begin on November 1.