SALISBURY, Md. – No. 17 Salisbury earned a 3-0 win against Marymount (Va.) on Wednesday, claiming the Capital Athletic Conference regular-season championship and the top seed in next week’s Capital Athletic Conference tournament.
The teams entered as the top two in the CAC. Salisbury (29-2, 6-0 CAC) opened up a 4-1 lead in the first frame, with an ace from Kristin Jehle and a kill from Kelly Vieira, but the three-point edge would be the largest lead for the Sea Gulls in the set.
Marymount (23-9, 4-2 CAC) chipped away at the small lead and eventually tied the set at nine. It was one of seven ties in the opening set as the Saints pulled ahead by as many as four at 15-11.
A kill from Ashlyn Tapley began a Salisbury run to pull within one, but the Sea Gulls could not draw even again until senior Jenna Shay blasted a kill to tie the set at 18.
Tapley notched six of Salisbury’s points in the opening set and had a match-best 12 kills.
The Saints retained the lead, but a kill from senior Chelsea Glowacki sparked a 4-1 run, allowing Salisbury to grab a 22-21 lead. Marymount would tie the score two more times, but a Tapley kill made it 24-23 before a Saint ball-handling error ended the set.
The second set was all Sea Gulls as a pair of Tapley kills were part of a 6-2 run. Salisbury kept pressing, stretching the lead quickly to 10 and a Shay kill made it 15-4. Shay notched six kills on seven swings to lead the Gulls.
The lead would not get inside 11 points again as Salisbury rolled to the 25-11 second-set win.
The Sea Gulls opened up another large advantage in the third set. After taking a 10-8 lead, Salisbury rattled off eight of the next nine points, capped by a block by Glowacki and Todd to push the lead to 18-9.
Marymount cut into the deficit and eventually tied the set at 23. Salisbury then capitalized on a Saints’ service error and picked up match point when Vieira’s service ace caught the top of the net and trickled over for the victory.
Glowacki, Shay and Todd each had eight kills in the match while Julie Poston added seven. Todd also had a match-best 34 assists to go with seven digs.
Jenn Forbes led the way for the Saints with nine kills while Michelle McCormick had a match-high 21 digs.
The Saints will be the No. 2 seed in the CAC tournament, after winning a series of coin flips that broke a three-way tie for second-place with St. Mary’s (Md.) and Mary (Wash.).