St. Mary's Volleyball Downs Messiah in Four
St. Mary's City, Md. – Senior outside hitter Claire Kodan (Olney, Md./Sherwood) and first-year Michelle Klima (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) joined forces to power the St. Mary's College of Maryland volleyball team to a 3-1 victory over non-conference opponent, Messiah College, Friday night.
Klima notched a match- and season-high 17 kills while Kodan registered her sixth double-double of the season on 16 kills and team-best 20 digs as the Seahawks picked up their third straight win.
St. Mary's (18-6) fell behind early as Messiah (15-7) overcame a 12-8 deficit to claim a 25-21 victory in the first set. After knotting the set at 13-13 with back-to-back service aces by sophomore middle hitter Lindsay King (Atglen, Pa./Lancaster Mennonite), the two teams traded points before the Falcons claimed the lead for good following a 17-17 draw.
The Seahawks started behind the eight ball for the second set as Messiah rushed out to a 5-0 lead before the home team finally got on the scoreboard. St. Mary's called a timeout after staring down a 10-4 deficit and battled back to claim their first lead of the set at 12-11 following an 8-1 run. The Seahawks never established more than a four-point lead and Messiah reclaimed the lead at 26-25 on an ace by junior libero Megan Wise (Red Lion, Pa./Red Lion). Back-to-back Falcon attacking errors sealed the 29-27 triumph for St. Mary's to even the match at one set apiece.
St. Mary's never trailed in the third set and staked a 2-1 advantage in the match with a 25-21 win, holding off the pesky Falcons who continued to knock on the door until the end.
The last set was hotly contested as neither squad, once having the lead, was able to pull away far enough for a solid lead. There were 23 tied scores and eight lead changes in the final game as the Seahawks outlasted Messiah, 35-33.
Senior setter Katie Obal (Olney, Md./Sherwood) also recorded a double-double with 50 assists and 18 digs while adding two block assists. Sophomore Cecilia Blanc (Laytonsville, Md./Poolesville) and first-year Bianca Livioco (Montgomery Village, Md./Gaithersburg) tallied double-digit digs as well with 16 and 15, respectively. Blanc chipped in two service aces while first-year middle blocker Trish Kallis (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) collected seven kills and four blocks.
St. Mary's will be back in action tomorrow as the Seahawks welcome Frostburg State University to the Michael P. O'Brien Athletics & Recreation Center Arena for a Capital Athletic Conference match at 11:00 am before facing Lancaster Bible College at 1:00 pm in non-conference action.
Prior to the start of the Frostburg match, the team's two seniors, Kodan and Obal, will be recognized for their four years as member of the Seahawk volleyball program.