Williamsport, Pa. – Junior middle hitter Mandy Goodspeed (Columbia, Md./Atholton) earned All-Tournament Team honors after leading the St. Mary's College of Maryland volleyball team to a 4-0 record at the 21st Annual Lycoming College Warrior Tip-Off Classic. The Seahawks wrapped up tournament action Saturday with a 3-1 win over Montclair State University and a sweep of Pennsylvania College of Technology.
First-year head coach Jeremy Sands expressed, "This weekend, we had strong all-around play as a team. We were able to stay in system often which really showed in our offensive statistics. This tournament was a great opportunity for us to solidify our systems before going into conference play."
In their first match of the day, the Seahawks (9-5) dropped their first set of the weekend to Montclair State (13-5). St. Mary's won the first set convincingly, 25-15, before the Red Hawks regrouped with a 25-20 triumph in the second to even up the match at 1-1. The Seahawks cruised to their third consecutive win with 25-14, 25-18 victories in the final two sets.
Goodspeed and sophomore Mimi Graf (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck) each notched double-digit kills to pace St. Mary's in the win over MSU. Goodspeed tallied a match-best 12 kills and three block solos while Graf recorded her fourth double-double of the season with 19 assists and 10 kills, hitting .526 for the match.
Junior setter Grace Chao (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) kept the offense rolling with 26 assists while sophomore libero Carissa Hill (Lanham, Md./Pallotti) led the defense with 27 digs. Junior middle hitter Karlee Vaillant (Arnold, Md./Broadneck) put on a solid effort as well with six kills, six digs, and career-best four block solos.
Sands continued, "It was great to see our whole team step up throughout the tournament. Every match, we had a different statistical leader, which shows that we have a team full of leaders."
St. Mary's cruised to 25-15, 25-18, 25-17 wins for the sweep of Penn College (6-8) in its final match of the day. As a team, the Seahawks continued their dominant service game with 14 aces against the Wildcats. Junior outside hitter Mollie Johnson (Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown) led the way as Johnson matched her career-best with five aces.
Vaillant was the offensive bright spot for the Seahawks with a career-best 14 kills and a .500 hitting percentage while Goodspeed contributed nine kills and two blocks. The offense kept on churning thanks in part to Chao's career-best 29 assists. Hill maintained the defensive front with a match-best 25 digs.
After a month on the road, St. Mary's returns home to the Michael P. O'Brien Athletics & Recreation Center to open up Capital Athletic Conference action on Wednesday, October 1st. The Seahawks will take on Southern Virginia University (11-6) at 5:00 p.m. in their first CAC match of the year.
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