SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University volleyball team locked up a first-round bye in the Capital Athletic Conference tournament, earning a 3-0 win against Frostburg State University at Maggs Physical Activities Center on Senior Day on Saturday.
The win is the third consecutive 3-0 win in league play and locked up the No. 2 seed in the upcoming CAC tournament.
The opening set of the match was never in doubt as the Sea Gulls (20-7, 8-1 CAC) scored the first five points, on the strength of two kills by senior Katie Stouffer, and the lead ballooned to 11-2 with three more Stouffer kills and one from classmate Jordan Lawson.
Stouffer, one of five seniors honored prior to the start of the match, recorded six kills in the opening set and finished the day with a match-high 14 kills.
The Salisbury lead peaked at 15 points when the Sea Gulls rolled off the final three points for a 25-10 win, with junior Sydney Davis recording the set-winning point.
The second set remained close through the early moments, with the squads tied at 8-8, but a quick 8-1 run sparked by a kill from freshman setter Rachel Dubbs, gave the Sea Gulls control. Dubbs had four kills in the match, while adding 30 assists and seven digs.
The lead remained near double figures through the remainder of the set, with Salisbury again closing strong, recording the final three points, including a Nicole Venturelli kill and block by Stouffer and Samantha Chubb, for the 25-17 victory.
Venturelli recorded three kills in the set and had 10 in the match.
Despite just three ties and one lead change, which came in the first few points, the final set was the closest of the day with neither team building a lead of more than four points until late in the set. Salisbury took the lead for good with one of senior Krista Pecenka's two service aces in the match for a 3-2 lead, and the Sea Gulls maintained the narrow lead throughout.
Pecenka's other ace made is a five-point lead for the first time, 24-19, and Salisbury closed things out on a Frostburg State error moments later with a 25-20 win.
The Sea Gulls will await the winner of third-seeded Christopher Newport University and sixth-seeded York College of Pennsylvania, which face off in the first round of the CAC tournament on Tuesday. Salisbury will host the winner on Thursday, November 3 at 7 p.m.