St. Mary's City, Md. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland volleyball team went 1-1 on Saturday as the Seahawks put on their Dig Pink® Rally event to support the fight against breast cancer awareness, raising over $700.
St. Mary's (13-7, 3-2 CAC) saw its three-match win streak snapped by a 3-1 Capital Athletic Conference loss to University of Mary Washington but the Seahawks responded with a 3-1 non-conference win over McDaniel College.
"Mary Washington did a good job today with serving. They came in and took us out of system early and it took us too long to get back in rhythm," said first-year head coach Jeremy Sands.
Mary Washington (18-9, 3-2 CAC) claimed the first two sets, 25-16 and 25-21, before the Seahawks rallied with a 25-15 win in the third game to force a fourth set. The Eagles responded with a 25-21 victory in the fourth for the conference win. St. Mary's, Mary Washington, and Southern Virginia University are now all tied for third in the CAC standings with identical 3-2 league records.
Junior middle hitter Mandy Goodspeed (Columbia, Md./Atholton) paced the Seahawks against Mary Washington with 13 kills and a season-best .684 hitting percentage while juniors Karlee Vaillant (Arnold, Md./Broadneck) and Autumn Fisher (Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown) contributed offensively with eight kills offensively.
Sophomore Mimi Graf (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck) and junior setter Grace Chao (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) kept the offense rolling with a combined 38 assists (Graf – 20, Chao – 18) while Vaillant served up a career-best three aces. Defensively, sophomore libero Carissa Hill (Lanham, Md./Pallotti) came up with 10 digs and Vaillant notched 4.0 team blocks (1 solo, 3 assists).
Mary Washington was led by first-year right side Dani Fiore's (Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes) match-best 19 kills while first-year libero Jenna Yost (Fairfax, Va./W.T. Woodson) tallied a match-high 15 digs.
Sands continued, "I'm proud of our team for coming back strong against McDaniel. We showed some real resiliency tonight."
McDaniel (18-8) captured the first set, 25-15, but St. Mary's rallied and swept the next three sets by the identical score of 25-21. Three Seahawks finished with double-digit kills while Graf picked up her team-leading seventh double-double of the season.
Vaillant led the team in the win as she matched her career-best with a match-best 14 kills and season-high .591 hitting percentage. Goodspeed notched another 13 kills while first-year Brigid Morris (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) added 10 kills.
Graf's double-double came on a season-best 27 assists and 11 digs while Chao added 21 assists as the Seahawks hit .239 for the match. At the net, senior Jenahye' Johnson (Randallstown, Md./Seton Keough) put up five block assists, along with seven kills, while Goodspeed and Vaillant each had four block assists in helping the team to 9.0 total team blocks.
Vaillant had another strong service game with another career-best three aces while Morris posted two aces. Defensively, Hill tallied 16 digs while Fisher came up with 10 plus seven kills.
Outside hitters Kloe Martin (Littleton, Colo./Heritage) and Reagan Folaron (Colorado Springs, Colo./Cheyenne Mountain) led the McDaniel Green Terror with 11 kills apiece while Folaron ended the match with a double-double as she picked up 12 digs as well.
St. Mary's will hit the road for its next match, traveling to Newport News, Virginia on Wednesday, October 22nd to take on No. 13 Christopher Newport University (23-3, 5-0 CAC) at 7:00 p.m. in another CAC battle.
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