SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University volleyball team saw its five-match win streak come to an end on Tuesday night dropping a tough 3-2 decision to McDaniel College at Maggs Physical Activities Center.
Freshman Amanda Chew led all Salisbury (6-3) players with a team-best 17 kills in the match while posting another team high, a .236 hitting percentage. She was joined by Gianna Savarese as the second of three players to tally double-digit kills in the match, with Savarese hammering home 11 on 30 total attacks.
The Sea Gulls jumped out to an early 1-0 lead claiming the first set by the final of 25-23. The maroon and gold tallied 14 kills in the set committing just seven errors on 45 total attacks. It was a back-and-forth battle the whole way as neither team held a lead larger than three points throughout. Trailing by three, 23-20, McDaniel (8-1) battled all the way to knot the set at 23-23 before Carley Cleland and Savarese hammered home back-to-back kills to give the Gulls the win and one set lead.
However, the Green Terror battled back to level the match at one set a piece claiming a 25-16 victory in the second set. McDaniel tallied 13 kills in the set and posted a team hitting percentage of .250 while holding Salisbury to just seven kills on 36 attacks.
The Sea Gulls were able to regain their offensive momentum, claiming a 25-18 victory in the third set to take a 2-1 lead over the Green Terror. The Gulls recorded 12 kills in the set, with Chew leading the way tallying four kills of her own. Salisbury managed to race out to a 16-6 lead behind kills from five different players including three from Chew and two from Savarese. Meanwhile the Salisbury defense held the McDaniel attack in check surrendering 14 kills but allowing just a .175 hitting percentage.
It was not meant to be though as the Green Terror claimed the next two sets by scores of 25-22 and 15-6 in the decisive fifth set. The maroon and gold combined for just 14 kills in the final two sets while McDaniel totaled 22 and recorded a hitting percentage of .300 in the final set.
Defensively, the Sea Gulls totaled 22 blocks including six from both Savarese and Hannah Sullivan while four players finished the night with double-digit digs as Hailey Dougherty led the way with 16 and both Rachel Dubbs and Savarese tallied 15 each. Freshman defensive specialist Darian DiMatteo rounded out the group recording 11 of her own.
Salisbury returns to action on Wednesday, September 12 when it hosts Route 13 rival Wesley College. The match is scheduled to start at 6 p.m.