PREVIEW: Volleyball set to host St. Mary’s in CAC Tournament opener

PREVIEW: Volleyball set to host St. Mary’s in CAC Tournament opener

SALISBURY, Md. – The third-seeded Salisbury University volleyball team will host sixth-seeded St. Mary's in the first round of the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) Tournament on Tuesday, November 5 at 7 p.m.

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CAC CHAMPIONSHIP HOMEPAGE

HOW WE GOT THERE

  • Salisbury heads into Tuesday's contest having finished the regular season with a 17-10 overall record and 5-5 in the CAC.
  • The team began the 2019 season with an eight-game winning streak, including sweeps over Clark, Muhlenberg, and Gallaudet.
  • After falling to 2-4 following a loss to Mary Washington to open conference play, the Sea Gulls rallied to win three of its final four CAC tilts to finish 5-5 and earn the third seed in this year's tournament.

HOW THEY GOT THERE

  • The Seahawks head into Tuesday's matching having finished their regular season with a 5-22 overall record while going winless in conference play at 0-10.
  • The team won two of its first five matches of the season, sweeping Wesley back on August 31 and defeating Eastern Mennonite, 3-1, less than a week later.
  • St. Mary's concludes its regular season with a 10-game losing streak while being swept in eight of those contests to earn the tournament's sixth-seed.

LAST TIME WE MET

  • The two teams most recently squared off in an eventual five-set Salisbury win back on October 19 at Maggs Gym. The Seahawks won the opening set of the match then dropped the next two to the Sea Gulls before battling back in the fourth set to force a fifth. Despite trailing 10-7 in the final set, Salisbury rallied to win, 15-13. Four Sea Gulls recorded double-digit kills in the match, including a team-high 22 by sophomore Chloe Adam. Sophomore Amanda Chew recorded a double-double with 16 digs and 14 kills. Senior Hailey Dougherty also contributed 16 digs, while freshman Blair Pausic led the team with 56 assists. Sophomore Hannah Sullivan had a team-high three blocks.
  • Previously, the two sides squared off at St. Mary's on October 5 with the Sea Gulls picking up the 3-0 road sweep. Chew and Adam each had nine kills in the match, while Dougherty recorded a team-high 14 digs. Pausic led the team with 29 assists while freshman Angelina Casserly picked up a game-high four blocks.

THE 2019 SEA GULLS

The Defense

  • Senior defensive specialist and libero Hailey Dougherty has been the team's defensive stalwart all season, leading all Sea Gulls and the CAC with 556 total digs. Dougherty currently sits fourth all-time in program history in career digs with 1,824. Sophomore outside hitter Amanda Chew and sophomore defensive specialist Darian DiMatteo have also produced solid defensive numbers over the course of the season, with 255 and 210 digs, respectively.
  • Freshman middle blocker Jenna Feinauer has had a great start to her college career, leading the team with 92 total blocks. Sophomore middle blocker Hannah Sullivan and senior opposite Carley Cleland have also played major roles defending the net, tallying 71 and 61 blocks, respectively.

The Offense

  • Chew has also been the team's leader on offense in 2019 with team-highs in kills (383) and aces (42).  Sophomore outside hitter Chloe Adam has also made a name for herself as one of the team's best attackers, tallying 291 kills of her own.
  • Freshman setter Blair Pausic began the season in a complementary role but proved herself enough to move into a starting position on the team, finishing with a team-high 463 assists. Freshman setter Claudia Sweitzer and senior setter Kiana Bopp also contributed heavily, adding 333 and 225 assists, respectively.

Player Recognitions

  • Dougherty has been named CAC Defensive Player of the Week on three separate occasions in 2019, while also earning Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III South Region Defensive Player of the Month for the month of September.
  • Chew also earned multiple weekly honors, picking up the CAC Offensive Player of the Week award twice in 2019. The sophomore joined her teammate Dougherty in September by earning ECAC Division III South Region Offensive Player of the Month.

UP NEXT

  • The winner of Tuesday's match will move on to the conference semifinals and will travel to take on second-seeded Mary Washington on Thursday, November 7 with a start time to be announced.

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