Owings Mills, Md. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland volleyball team had two tough battles on their hands Saturday afternoon as the Seahawks lost in five to Franklin & Marshall College before falling 3-1 to host Stevenson University.
Franklin & Marshall (7-3) dominated the first set and posted a 25-10 win as the Diplomats held St. Mary's to a .030 hitting percentage. F&M claimed the second set as well but by a much narrower margin, holding on for a 26-24 win as first-year Brigid Morris (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) tallied five kills and a .455 hitting percentage to help the Seahawks fight back from a seven-point deficit.
The next two sets belonged St. Mary's, forcing a fifth and decisive set with the Diplomats. Sophomore Mimi Graf (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck) collected four kills in leading the Seahawks to a 27-25 win in the third set, using a 10-5 run to close it out. St. Mary's won the fourth set, 25-22, as Morris put another five kills and .500 hitting percentage.
The fifth set was back and forth and featured five tied scores and four lead changes. St. Mary's owned a 9-5 lead following a Morris kill but the Diplomats responded with a 9-3 run to boast a 14-12 advantage. An F&M service error pulled the Seahawks within one but a service error of their own sealed the match win for Franklin & Marshall, snapping SMCM's three-match win streak.
Morris finished the first match of the day with a season-best 18 kills while junior setter Grace Chao (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) bested her career-best by one with 28 assists and added 13 digs for her second career double-double. Two other Seahawks put up double-digit digs as sophomore libero Carissa Hill (Lanham, Md./Pallotti) led the way with 16 digs and three service aces while junior captain Autumn Fisher (Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown) contributed 11 digs.
Fisher was the offensive leader in the team's 3-1 loss to host Stevenson (9-1), who received four votes in this week's AVCA national poll. Fisher tallied 10 kills while Hill recorded a season-best 28 digs.
The Mustangs notched victories in the first two sets by scores of 25-9 and 25-21. St. Mary's forced a fourth set with a 25-21 win in the third behind six kills apiece from Fisher and Morris. The Seahawks turned around a 10-5 setback by using a 12-6 run to claim a 17-16 lead and then held on for the win. Stevenson regrouped and never trailed in the fourth en route to a 25-15 triumph.
Graf registered her second double-double of the season with season-bests of 20 assists and 13 digs while Chao had 14 assists, three service aces, and three digs. Sophomore Meghan Griffiths (Hughesville, Md./La Plata) added a season-high 10 digs on defense.
St. Mary's will look to get back in the win column next Saturday, September 20th at the Washington and Lee University tri-match in Lexington, Va. The Seahawks take on Bridgewater (Va.) College first at 2:30 p.m. before facing host Washington and Lee at 5:00 p.m.
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