FROSTBURG, Md. – The Salisbury University volleyball team closed out the regular season on Saturday afternoon competing in the final day of the Frostburg Quad splitting its final two matches, falling to Clarkson University 3-1 but claimed a thrilling 302 victory over the State University of New York at Geneseo.
Clarkson 3, Salisbury 1
In the Sea Gulls first match of the day the maroon and gold fell to Clarkson as they struggled to find their offensive rhythm. Salisbury fell behind 2-0 after dropping the first two sets by the scores of 25-16 and 25-21.
However, the Gulls managed to avoid the sweep claiming the third set by the final score of 25-12. The Sea Gulls totaled 13 kills in the set while limiting the Golden Knights to just four kills and a hitting percentage of -.057.
Clarkson (16-9) regained its momentum in the fourth set and ended the match with a 25-23 victory. Salisbury managed to tally 14 kills to Clarkson's 11 but the Gulls committed nine kills to the Golden Knights' five to post a hitting mark of .116 compared to a percentage of .162.
Salisbury 3, Geneseo 2
The Sea Gulls (15-10) bounced back in their final match of the day claiming a thrilling 3-2 victory over SUNY Geneseo coming back from a 2-1 deficit. After claiming the opening set 25-17 to take a 1-0 lead the Sea Gulls dropped the next two to the Knights (20-9) 25-18 and 25-16. However, the Gulls would rally back to capture the next two sets by scores of 25-21 and 15-12 in the decisive fifth.
Three different players tallied double-digit kill performances led by Venturelli, who tallied a team-best 14 kills while Chloe Adam hammered home 11 and Cleland recorded 10 respectively. Cleland was also one of only two Sea Gulls to post hitting percentages over .300 as she hit .320 for the match but trailed only Rachel Dubbs, who posted a team-best .400.
In the fourth set Salisbury led the whole way building a lead as big as seven, 9-2, and used scoring runs of 5-0 and 3-0 to aid in the victory. After Geneseo cut the deficit to just two, 23-221 late in the set Cleland sparked a 2-0 run with one of her three kills to help end the set and level the match.
In the final set Salisbury used kills by five different players to aid in the victory including two from Dubbs and Venturelli to lead the Salisbury attack. As a team the maroon and gold hammered home 10 kills and posted a team hitting percentage of .455 to earn the win.
Salisbury returns to action on Tuesday, October 30 when it competes in the first round of the Capital Athletic Conference Tournament. Please check the website for more information on opponent, time, and location once it becomes available.