WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Salisbury University volleyball team swept the opening day of the CUA Guetle Invitational defeating Ursinus College 3-0 and William Peace University 3-0. With the pair of victories Sea Gulls Head Coach Justin Turco picked up his 100th win as the head coach of the maroon and gold becoming only the third coach in Salisbury volleyball history, Arden Peck and Margie Knight, to win 100 matches.
Salisbury 3, Ursinus 0
Salisbury (5-1) didn't miss a beat in its opening match rolling to a 3-0 victory defeating the Bears of Ursinus (2-2) by scores of 25-12, 25-23, and 25-12. The Sea Gulls' offense was clicking on all cylinders as they totaled 35 digs, a hitting percentage of .364, and committed only seven attacking errors.
Nicole Venturelli continued her offensive outburst this season totaling her fifth consecutive match with 12 or more kills, tallying 14 to lead the team. She was the only Gull to reach double digit kills while also posting a team-high in attacks as well with 30. Lacey Swartout and Carley Cleland finished second and third on the team in kills combining for 13, hitting seven and six, respectively.
Five members of the maroon and gold totaled hitting percentages of .500. Madison Lim totaled a team-high three service aces while three players totaled two aces apiece. As a team the Gulls recorded 13 aces and 33 total assists.
Salisbury 3, William Peace 0
The Sea Gulls kept the offense rolling in the second match of the day as the maroon and gold battled to a 3-0 victory over William Peace (1-5). Salisbury won by scores of 25-15, 25-18, and 25-18. The maroon and gold totaled an attacking percentage of just .238 but recorded 41 kills while tallying 105 total attacks.
Six different Gulls recorded two or more kills with Venturelli posting a team and season-high 16 kills. She also finished second-best on the team with a hitting percentage of .424. Gabby Fox finished second on the team with seven kills of her own on a season-high 20 attacks.
Alexis Howatt and Rachel Dubbs turned in solid performances recording 19 and 15 assists, respectively, and they accounted for over 50 percent of Salisbury's 39 assists. Dubbs also tallied three service aces to lead the team and an attacking percentage of .500.
The Sea Gulls return to action tomorrow, September 9 against University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg at 2 p.m., and then will finish the tournament against host Catholic University of America at 4 p.m.