St. Mary's City, Md. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland volleyball team spread the wealth Saturday afternoon in their 3-0 Capital Athletic Conference sweep of Frostburg State University, giving their lone senior, Jenahye' 'Nay' Johnson (Randallstown, Md./Seton Keough) a memorable Senior Day.
The Seahawks (15-8, 4-3 CAC) picked up their second straight win behind set scores of 25-17, 25-22, 25-20, extending their win streak against Frostburg State (13-15, 3-4 CAC) to three straight matches. With their fourth conference win of the season, St. Mary's is now in fifth place in the league standings while Frostburg State is tied with Salisbury University for the sixth spot.
"Our team set a goal today to come out and start off strong, fast, and aggressive from the start and they did that and more," stated first-year head coach Jeremy Sands. "I'm proud of the way we kept the pressure on Frostburg with serving, defense, and attacking. We were definitely firing on all cylinders today."
Junior middle hitter Karlee Vaillant (Arnold, Md./Broadneck) paced the team in the win with eight kills while Johnson and juniors Mandy Goodspeed (Columbia, Md./Atholton) and Autumn Fisher (Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown) each nabbed six kills.
St. Mary's jumped out to a 9-2 advantage in the first set and never looked back. Johnson guided the Seahawks to the 25-17 win with a set-best four kills while sophomores Mimi Graf (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck) and Carissa Hill (Lanham, Md./Pallotti) collected set-highs of seven assists and seven digs, respectively.
Hill picked up eight digs in helping the Seahawks hold on to the 25-22 victory in the second set. St. Mary's never trailed in the game as Frostburg tied it just once at 1-1. At set point for the Seahawks, FSU was able to close the gap to 24-22 before Johnson sealed the deal with her second kill of the set.
The last set featured four tied scores and one lead change as the Bobcats grabbed the lead from the beginning en route to a 17-12 advantage. St. Mary's turned it around with a 9-0 run behind two kills and two aces. FSU pulled within 21-20 before the Seahawks ended the game on a 4-0 spurt for the match win.
Hill finished the afternoon with 18 digs while first-year Brigid Morris (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) contributed 11 to pace the defense. Graf dished out 17 assists while junior setter Grace Chao (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) added 16 in keeping the offense running like a well-oiled machine. Chao helped out the offense with a season-best four service aces.
St. Mary's will be back on the court on Wednesday, October 29th as the Seahawks welcome Marymount (Va.) University (23-8, 5-2 CAC) to campus for another CAC tilt at 7:00 p.m.
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