Volleyball splits on final day of Sea Gull Classic

Volleyball splits on final day of Sea Gull Classic

SALISBURY, Md. – Salisbury University volleyball finished the weekend with a split on day two of the Sea Gull Classic defeating Geneva College in straight sets in its first match of the day but falling to Stevenson University in four.

Salisbury 3, Geneva 0

The Sea Gulls (3-1) continued their winning ways from Friday in the first match of day on Saturday cruising to victory over the Golden Tornadoes in straight sets by scores of 25-16, 25-17, and 25-20. The maroon and gold totaled 35 kills, including 13 in the decisive third set, on 106 total attacks.

Nicole Venturelli continued her dominant offensive weekend tallying a team-high 14 kills on a team-best 40 attacks. Fellow junior Gabby Fox tallied a career-high nine kills while adding a service ace to complete her morning. Sydney Davis and Gianna Savarese combined for six kills while posting team highs in hitting percentage posting percentages of .429 and .500, respectively.

On the defensive side, the Gulls held Geneva (1-3) in check holding the Golden Tornadoes to a team hitting percentage of .020 while forcing Geneva to hit -.030 in the first set. As a team Salisbury totaled 14 blocks with Fox and Savarese leading the way with three apiece. The maroon and gold also forced 20 attacking errors by the Golden Tornadoes and didn't allow them to tally more than eight kills in a single set. Hailey Dougherty led the Sea Gulls with 13 digs while Venturelli, with nine, and freshman Allison Laucella, with eight, combined for 17.

Stevenson 3, Salisbury 1

Salisbury suffered its first defeat of the season falling in four sets to the Mustangs of Stevenson (4-0). After falling behind one set to none, the Sea Gulls rallied back to tie the match with a 25-20 victory in the second set before dropping the next two by scores of 25-17 and 25-14. As a team the maroon and gold totaled 34 kills while tallying 151 attacks but committed 24 attacking errors.

The duo of Venturelli and Fox finished atop the stat sheet in kills, totaling 13 and six, respectively. Six other Gulls recorded kills in the match including freshman Lacey Swartout and sophomore Carley Cleland who combined for seven total.

Defensively, the maroon and gold did held the Mustangs to a team hitting percentage of .175 and forced 23 attacking errors. Rachel Dubbs and Amanda Rodriguez finished tied for team-highs in digs with 10 apiece while Savarese recorded six of Salisbury's 14 blocks.

For their efforts over the weekend both Venturelli and Dougherty were named to the 2017 Sea Gull Classic All-Tournament Team. Venturelli completed the weekend with 51 digs and a hitting percentage of .293 while adding four service aces, 26 digs and three blocks. Dougherty was equally as impressive in her first collegiate appearances recording eight assists, 41 digs, and six service aces.  

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