Mary Washington Sweeps St. Mary's Volleyball

Gena Hlavinka
Gena Hlavinka

Fredericksburg, Va. – Senior middle blocker Gena Hlavinka (Gaithersburg, Md./T.S. Wootton) paced the St. Mary's College of Maryland volleyball team with nine kills in a 3-0 loss at University of Mary Washington in Capital Athletic Conference action Wednesday night.

Mary Washington (10-1, 3-0 CAC) claimed an early 12-4 advantage and continued its strong play in the first set for a 25-17 victory.

St. Mary's (2-10, 0-3 CAC) played the second set much closer as the Seahawks held the lead for most of the match, including posting a 15-10 advantage, before the Eagles slowly clawed their way back and captured the second game by a 28-26 margin.

The third set started out much the same way as the first with Mary Washington jumping out to a 12-4.  However, St. Mary's fought back with an 11-5 spurt to pull within two before the hosts used an 8-4 run to close out the set, 25-19, for the match victory.

Helping Hlavinka out on offense were juniors Cecilia Blanc (Gaithersburg, Md./Poolesville) and Shelby Mullennix (California, Md./Leonardtown) with eight and seven kills, respectively.

Sophomore setter Rachel Wilson (Damascus, Md./Damascus) paced the team with 14 assists while fellow classmate Elaina Straub (Burtonsville, Md./Paint Branch) followed close behind with 11.

Sophomore libero Bianca Livioco (Gaithersburg, Md./Gaithersburg) tallied nine digs while junior outside hitter Jenn Rindone (Crofton, Md./Spalding) contributed seven digs.

The Seahawks will be back in action this weekend at the Days Inn Blue Jay Classic hosted by Elizabethtown College in Elizabethtown, Pa.  St. Mary's will face No. 11 Juniata College on Friday at 7:00 pm before taking on the host Blue Jays on Saturday at 10:00 am.  The Seahawks will end Saturday with a match against Haverford College at noon.