Kelley Notches 1,000 Kills as St. Mary's Volleyball Drops CAC Match

Meghan Kelley '19 - Photo Credit: Bill Wood
Meghan Kelley '19 - Photo Credit: Bill Wood

For Immediate Release · Saturday, October 13, 2018 · nmoran@smcm.edu

Buena Vista, Va. – Senior outside hitter Meghan Kelley (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) picked up her 1,000th career kill Saturday afternoon as the slide for the St. Mary's College of Maryland volleyball team stretched to six. St. Mary's (12-14, 0-4 CAC) suffered a 3-1 Capital Athletic Conference loss at the hands of Southern Virginia University (12-7, 3-1 CAC).

Set Score

  • Southern Virginia edges the Seahawks, 25-27, 25-18, 25-21, 25-18.

St. Mary's 1, Southern Virginia 3

  • Kelley grabbed a dozen kills to not only lead St. Mary's in the match, but also collect her 1,000th career kill. She entered the match needing only three kills to achieve this milestone.
  • It was a back-and-forth battle in the first set with the biggest lead coming at 6-2 in favor of Southern Virginia and again at 23-19 in favor of the Seahawks, capping off a 5-0 run for the visitors. St. Mary's rode out the Knights' late rally and held on for the 27-25 win and a 1-0 match lead.
  • Southern Virginia used a 10-3 run to boast a 20-14 advantage on a Hailey Lohnes kill for its biggest lead of the match before winning by seven and tying up the match at one set apiece. After leading in the early part of the match, the Seahawks would get no closer than 20-17.
  • The Knights raced out to an 18-8 advantage before St. Mary's rallied with a 12-2 run to even up the third set at 20-all and force a SVU timeout. After a kill by sophomore Ellyse Sutliff (Warrenton, Va./Kettle Run) kept the Seahawks within one, Southern Virginia posted the last three points of the set for a 2-1 lead in the match.
  • St. Mary's trailed the whole way in the fourth set, pulling within 17-14 after the Knights built a 13-6 lead. The loss marks the Seahawks' 15th consecutive conference loss as St. Mary's last CAC win came on October 22, 2016 with a 3-1 decision at Frostburg State University.
  • Senior setter Mia Griffiths (La Plata, Md./La Plata) notched 32 assists and seven digs plus three kills while three Seahawks registered double-digit digs. Senior captain Marissa Dangler (Smithsburg, Md./Smithsburg) led the way with a match-best 19 digs while junior defensive specialist Emily Benedict (Gaithersburg, Md./Poolesville) added 13 and first-year Julia Sledz (Bethlehem, Pa./Bethlehem Catholic) contributed 12.
  • Lohnes finished the afternoon with a match-best 16 kills to lead the Knights in snapping their two-match skid.

Up Next for the Seahawks

  • Oct. 17 at Salisbury (12-7, 1-2 CAC) – Salisbury, Md. (CAC match) – 7:00 p.m. 

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