Salisbury, Md. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland volleyball team kept Salisbury University winless in Capital Athletic Conference Wednesday night, posting a 3-1 victory behind a match-best 15 kills by junior middle hitter Mandy Goodspeed (Columbia, Md./Atholton).
Not only was it the first conference win for the Seahawks in 2014 under first-year head coach Jeremy Sands, but it was also the first win for St. Mary's over Salisbury since 1998 and snaps a 24-match win streak for the Sea Gulls.
Sands expressed, "Big win tonight in Seahawk Nation! I'm really proud of how efficient we were on offense, especially our serve receptions. We had great all around play from everyone and Carissa Hill was the leader who solidified our passing and defense."
Goodspeed led all players with 18.0 points on 15 kills and four total blocks (2 solo, 2 assists), hitting .538 for the match. Junior middle hitter Karlee Vaillant (Arnold, Md./Broadneck) contributed 13.0 points on nine kills, four block assists, and two service aces.
The Seahawks (10-6, 1-1 CAC) were victorious in the first set by the score of 25-22 as Goodspeed tallied five kills, an attack percentage of .714, and one solo block. The set featured 10 tied scores and five lead changes. Back-to-back St. Mary's errors gave the Sea Gulls a 22-21 advantage and capped a 5-0 SU run. Vaillant notched three of the team's final four points, sealing the win with a kill and two consecutive aces.
Salisbury (14-7, 0-2 CAC) responded for a 25-21 win in the second set as three different Sea Gulls nabbed four kills each. The Seahawks last led at 8-7 before Salisbury closed out the win on an 18-13 run. First-year Brigid Morris (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) paced St. Mary's in the second set loss with four kills.
St. Mary's rallied for a 25-19 triumph in the third behind three kills apiece from Goodspeed and junior captain Autumn Fisher (Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown). The Seahawks used a 9-1 run to turn around a 13-11 deficit into a six-point advantage. Salisbury closed the gap to 20-18 with a run of its own but could not overcome the hump.
The fourth and decisive set witnessed six tied scores and only one lead change. The momentum shifted in Salisbury's favor for the first half of the set before the Seahawks clinched the lead for good at 16-15 and wrapped up the match with a 13-2 run.
Junior setter Grace Chao (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) kept the offense rolling with 20 assists while sophomore Mimi Graf (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck) dished 16 helpers. Defensively, sophomore libero Carissa Hill (Lanham, Md./Pallotti) led the way with 13 digs.
Sophomore outside hitter Katie Stouffer (Frederick, Md./Tuscarora) paced the Sea Gulls in their second straight loss with a double-double on 11 kills and 12 digs plus three aces.
St. Mary's remains on the road as the Seahawks travel to Middletown, Pennsylvania on Saturday, October 11th to face Penn State Harrisburg (1-16, 0-1 CAC) in another CAC match at 2:00 p.m.
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