St. Mary's Volleyball Opens up Action at Buttermaker Tournament

Michelle Klima
Michelle Klima

Allentown, Pa. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland volleyball team started competition at the Buttermaker Tournament hosted by Muhlenberg College on Friday evening.  The Seahawks dropped a pair of four-set matches to Moravian College and DeSales University.

Middle blockers Gena Hlavinka (Gaithersburg, Md./T.S. Wootton) and Michelle Klima (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) paced St. Mary's (1-5) offensively in the loss to Moravian with nine kills each while Klima added two blocks.

Moravian (5-0) won the first two sets, 25-14 and 26-24, before the Seahawks dominated the third set and captured it, 25-11.  The Greyhounds finished off the match with a 25-19 win in the fourth.  Four Seahawks finished with double-digit digs as sophomore libero Bianca Livioco (Gaithersburg, Md./Gaithersburg) led the way with 21 digs while sophomore setter Rachel Wilson (Damascus, Md./Damascus) dished out 21 assists.

Junior outside hitter Cecilia Blanc (Gaithersburg, Md./Poolesville) notched a career-best 12 kills and season-high 20 digs in leading the Seahawks in the loss to DeSales (5-1).  DeSales picked up the first set, 25-21, before St. Mary's responded with a 25-21 of its own in the second.  The Bulldogs then claimed the next two sets, 25-13 and 25-18, for the match win.

Wilson had a double-double on career-highs of 22 assists and 17 digs while Klima added eight kills and 4.0 total blocks.

The Seahawks will continue competition at Buttermaker Tournament tomorrow, taking on the host at 10:00 am followed by a match-up with Neumann University at noon.