Nov. 12, 2009

Courtesy of Salisbury

NEW YORK - The Salisbury University volleyball team collected its second ever victory in the NCAA tournament Thursday afternoon, stomping City College of New York, 3-0. The 25-21, 25-21, 25-19 victory marks the second season in a row that Salisbury has earned a first-round victory.

The Sea Gulls (32-4), seeded third in the regional being played at New York University, rarely trailed in the match; the latest time they were behind in a set came in the second, when they were down 15-14 to sixth-seeded CCNY (24-13). But a 6-1 run would erase the deficit and help Salisbury to the victory.

"I think CCNY played very well against us and did a great job defensively," SU head coach Margie Knight said. "We had to really dig our heels in and come up with some big plays to defeat them."

Salisbury had a .283 hitting percentage in the match, led by senior middle hitter Nicole Massarelli (Clarksville, Md.) and her 10 kills on 17 attempts with just one error (.529 hitting percentage). Senior outside hitter Rachel Downes (Salisbury, Md.) finished with a match-high 14 kills with just two errors. Each player added three blocks; Downes also had two aces and eight digs.

Junior outside hitter Lexy Fitzkee (Fallston, Md.) finished with 17 digs while senior libero Gabby Long (Bel Air, Md.) added 11. Freshman setter Carley Todd (Centerport, N.Y.) had 20 assists while sophomore Lindsey Saltzman (Penfield, N.Y.) finished with 15 helpers.

Salisbury will look to continue its run in this year's tournament on Friday, Nov. 13, when the Sea Gulls will take on the winner of SUNY New Paltz and Roger Williams University. Friday's match is scheduled to start at 4:30 p.m.