Fredericksburg, Va. – The St. Mary's College of Maryland volleyball team is moving on in the 2014 Capital Athletic Conference Volleyball Championship Tournament after rallying for a 3-1 road win Tuesday night over No. 4 University of Mary Washington in first round action.
"What a great victory for our team and Seahawk Nation!" exclaimed first-year head coach Jeremy Sands.
The fifth-seeded Seahawks (17-9) will be making their first appearance in the CAC Tournament Semifinals since 2012 and will face top-seeded Christopher Newport University, who is ranked No. 9 in the latest AVCA coaches poll, on Thursday, November 6 at 7:00 p.m.
In other first round action, No. 6 seed Salisbury University upset #3 seed Marymount (Va.) University, 3-1, and the Sea Gulls will take on No. 2 seed Southern Virginia University in Thursday night's other semifinal matchup.
Tonight's victory avenged a 3-1 regular-season loss to Mary Washington on October 18th in the Michael P. O'Brien Athletics & Recreation Center Arena.
Mary Washington (22-12) picked up a 25-20 victory in the first set before St. Mary's won the next three 26-24, 25-23, 25-15 for the match victory.
"Our team really caught momentum in the second set tonight and never let up. Our serving was really strong and was led by Autumn Fisher (Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown)," added Sands.
Junior middle hitter Mandy Goodspeed (Columbia, Md./Atholton) was the only Seahawk to notch double-digit kills with 10 while first-year Brigid Morris (Bethesda, Md./Walter Johnson) contributed eight and senior Jenahye' Johnson (Randallstown, Md./Seton Keough) added seven.
Sophomore libero Carissa Hill (Lanham, Md./Pallotti) commanded a solid defensive effort which featured a trio of Seahawks with double-figure digs. Hill led the way with 23 digs while Fisher put up 15 and sophomore Mimi Graf (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck) tallied a dozen.
Fisher (4) and Morris (3) combined for seven of the team's 10 service aces. Fisher's output matched her career-best.
First-year right side Dani Fiore (Virginia Beach, Va./Ocean Lakes) led the Eagles with a match-best 11 kills while sophomore setter Emma Olson (Oakton, Va./Oakton) notched 36 assists and six kills. Defensively, first-year libero Jenna Yost (Fairfax, Va./W.T. Woodson) picked up a match-best 28 digs.
Twitter: @smcseahawks, @SMCMVB, #SeahawkAthletics