St. Mary's Volleyball Succumbs to Second Straight Five-Set Loss

St. Mary's Volleyball Succumbs to Second Straight Five-Set Loss

For Immediate Release · By Nairem Moran · nmoran@smcm.edu

St. Mary's City, Md. – It was another tough battle for the St. Mary's College of Maryland volleyball team Thursday night, dropping a second consecutive five-setter. This time around, Virginia Wesleyan University posted the 3-2 non-conference win over the Seahawks.

St. Mary's 2, Virginia Wesleyan 3 (32-30, 15-25, 23-25, 25-19, 12-15)

How It Happened

  • Junior outside hitter Meghan Kelley (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) put up a match- and season-best 25 kills, hit nearly .300, and added a career-best 18 digs for her second career double-double. In addition, Kelley had a career-best four block assists.
  • Junior outside hitter Grace Seifert (Cambridge, Md./Salisbury Christian) also had a big night for the Seahawks, notching her third double-digit kill effort of the season with 11. Seifert tallied a season-best eight digs as well.
  • Defensively, junior captain Marissa Dangler (Smithsburg, Md./Smithsburg) racked up 23 digs while fellow classmate and captain Mia Griffiths (La Plata, Md./La Plata) registered her fourth double-double of the season with a match-high 44 assists and a season-best 12 digs.
  • With St. Mary's holding a 24-21 lead in the first set on a Marlin attack error, VWU rallied with two kills and a Seahawk attack error to go up 25-24. The two teams then went back and forth with both having multiple set points. Virginia Wesleyan led 30-29 when an attack error by the Marlins evened it back to 30-all. Junior captain Hannah Krauss (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) registered a kill to put St. Mary's up 31-30, before a bad set by VWU ended the set.
  • The second set was all Virginia Wesleyan, jumping out to a 6-1 lead and then closing out the game on an 11-3 run to even up the match at 1-1.
  • St. Mary's was close to taking a 2-1 lead in the match with a 23-21 advantage in its favor before three consecutive errors put the momentum on the Marlins' side and Dare Wright's kill gave the visitors the 2-1 advantage instead.
  • In the fourth set, the Seahawks turned around a 6-4 deficit into a 16-10 lead and never relinquished control in tying the match at 2-all.
  • The deciding set featured four tied scores and three lead changes. VWU broke a 5-5 draw with a 5-1 push to boast a 10-6 advantage but the Seahawks pulled within 13-12 on a Marlin ball handling error to force a visitor timeout. Virginia Wesleyan regrouped and used a Lauren Topper kill plus an Alyssa Taylor ace to lock up its 17th win of the season.

Other Top Performers for the Seahawks (3-21)

  • Emily Benedict 12 digs
  • Krauss – 9 kills, 2 block assists
  • Jazsmin Prince Season-best 5 block assists
  • St. Mary's finished hitting .160 for the match with six service aces and 6.5 team blocks.

For Virginia Wesleyan (17-9)

  • Lauren Topper – 18 kills, 5 digs, 2 block assists
  • Emilee Pierson – 40 assists, 9 digs
  • Amber Matalus – 24 digs, 11 kills, 5 service aces, 5 block assists
  • Allison Mackley – 28 digs
  • The Marlins collected a .216 attack percentage for the match, including hitting .370 in the second set. VWU also tallied 9.5 team blocks and served up eight aces.

Up Next for the Seahawks

  • Oct. 27 vs. Southern Virginia University (18-7, 5-2 CAC) – Michael P. O'Brien ARC Arena – Capital Athletic Conference match – 7:00 p.m.
  • Oct. 28 vs. Frostburg State University (15-10, 3-4 CAC) – Michael P. O'Brien ARC Arena – CAC match – Senior Day – 2:00 p.m. 

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