CLAREMONT, Calif. – The Salisbury University volleyball team wrapped up its weekend on the west coast with a split on the final day of the Pacific Coast Classic earning a victory over Pomona Pitzer College in the final match of the of day after a tough loss to Cal Lutheran University in the earlier contest.
Cal Lutheran 3, Salisbury 1
The Sea Gulls dropped their first match of the afternoon falling in a tough contest against Cal Lutheran (3-0). Salisbury fell behind 2-0 dropping the opening and second sets by scores of 25-17 and 25-18. The Gulls were out hit in each set but still managed to total a combined 15 kills, which included 10 in the second set.
However, in the third set Salisbury managed to claw their way back into the contest securing a 27-25 victory. Salisbury jumped out to an early 6-2 lead behind three kills from Carley Cleland. After Cal Lutheran rallied back to take a 10-6 lead the Sea Gulls went to work chipping away at the deficit to level the match at 16-16. The set turned into a back-and-forth contest from there but two kills from Nicole Venturelli over the final four points of the set helped Salisbury avoid the sweep and send the match to a fourth set.
The Gulls were unable to force a decisive fifth set as they fell 25-21 in the fourth. Salisbury totaled seven kills on 40 attacks while Cal Lutheran responded with eight kills of their own on 44 attacks.
Salisbury 3, Pomona-Pitzer 0
After a tough battle in the first set against Sagehen's, which the Sea Gulls (2-2) claimed 25-23, the maroon and gold managed to secure victories of 25-16 and 25-11 in the second and third sets respectively. Salisbury combined to total 27 kills in the final two sets and posted hitting percentages of .250 and a whopping .522 in the third set.
Freshman, Amanda Chew finished the match with a team-high and career-high 11 kills in the contest as well as posting a hitting percentage of .250. Venturelli completed her afternoon with a hitting percentage of .348 and nine kills. Gianna Savarese led the team with a hitting percentage of .500 tallying six kills and another team-high seven blocks.
Jenna Hahn, who was playing in her home state, tied Savarese for blocks with seven of her own to aid in the defensive effort. Hailey Dougherty helped lead the defensive charge with 15 digs while as a team the Gulls held Pomona-Pitzer (2-2) to a .029 hitting percentage, while totaling 42 digs and 23 blocks.
Salisbury returns to action on Wednesday, September 5 when it hosts eastern shore rival Washington College in the Sea Gulls home opener. The match is scheduled to start at 7 p.m.