SALISBURY, Md. – The Salisbury University volleyball team got back in the win column on Wednesday night with a sweep of Route 13 rival, Wesley College. The Sea Gulls controlled the match from start to finish recording, 12 service aces to earn the victory.
Both Nicole Venturelli and Carley Cleland tallied double-digit kills, recording a team-high 10 kills each, while Venturelli hit .250 and Cleland hit .562. Hannah Sullivan led all Salisbury (7-3) hitters with a team and match-best .750 hitting percentage while chipping in with three kills of her own. Overall, 11 players tallied kills in the match for the Sea Gulls to aid in the win.
Darian DiMatteo posted a team-best four service aces including hitting three in for serves and two straight in the second set during a 5-0 Sea Gull run. Rachel Dubbs, who finished her night with a team-high 21 assists, tallied three of her own, while Amanda Chew and Hailey Dougherty each recorded two.
The Salisbury defense was equally as dominant in the match limiting the Wolverines (1-7) to just 14 kills as a team, a negative -.022 hitting percentage, including negative marks in both the second and third sets, as well as posting 10 blocks and 49 digs. The defensive charge was led by Dougherty, who tallied 23 digs while both Cleland and Kate Shea posted a team-high three blocks, including one solo each.
The Sea Gulls rolled to a 25-11 opening set victory, tallying 16 kills and a team hitting percentage of .406 while limiting the Wolverines to just five kills and a percentage of .125. Salisbury never led by fewer than two points as it opened a 10-point lead on five separate occasions in the set using scoring runs of four points or more three times. Five different players recorded kills in the set for the maroon and gold, including five from Venturelli.
Salisbury continued to roll in the second set posting a 25-16 victory, tallying 10 kills to Wesley's six, and holding the Wolverines to a negative hitting percentage. The Gulls' success continued in the third set capturing a 25-20 win to complete the sweep, tallying a match-best 17 kills, and a hitting percentage of .286. Cleland led the Salisbury attack, hammering home six kills in the final set.
Salisbury returns to action on Friday, September 14 when it travels to Neumann University for the Knights Invitational. The Sea Gulls will take on The Catholic University of America in their first match of the afternoon before squaring off against host Neumann University. The matches are scheduled to start at 6 and 8 p.m. respectively.