SALISBURY, Md. – Salisbury avenged one of three losses this season, defeating Richard Stockton 3-1 on Saturday in the second round of the NCAA tournament at Maggs Physical Activities Center.
After trailing 5-4 early in the opening set, Salisbury made a 6-1 run, including three kills from freshman Ashlyn Tapley, to take a 12-6 lead. It was the start of a big set and bigger night for Tapley, who had eight kills in the first game and 18 on the night, one shy of her career high. Her 18 kills matched the most by a Salisbury player in an NCAA tournament match.
Senior Carley Todd assisted on seven of Tapley’s kills in the opening set as she had 10 assists in the first frame and 34 in the match. In the third set, Todd surpassed the 3,000 mark in career assists, becoming the third player in program history to pass the milestone.
After five ties and four lead changes early in the opening set, the 6-1 spurt was all the Sea Gulls needed to run away with the first. The Salisbury lead grew to as many as 11 on a block assist by Todd and classmate Kelly Vieira.
The Ospreys (28-7) made a late run to get within five before Salisbury closed the set on a Vieira kill.
Richard Stockton claimed the second set to tie the match, working through eight ties and six lead changes to do so. The final tie of the set came on an attack error by Richard Stockton, making it 18, but a Macy Schwartz kill gave the Ospreys the lead as they closed the set on a 7-1 run to tie the match.
In the third, the Ospreys started with a 5-1 advantage after six points, prompting a Salisbury timeout. The Gulls came out with two kills by Glowacki, another by Tapley and one from Vieira to get back within a point, forcing Richard Stockton to use its first timeout of the set.
Salisbury scored the next six points to take an 11-6 lead with kills from Vieria, Todd and Tapley during the run.
The Ospreys made another run at Salisbury, cutting the deficit to one point on three different occasions, but Salisbury claimed the set.
The final set was close until Salisbury took control with a 7-3 run, keyed by two kills from sophomore Mattie Smith, stretching the Sea Gull lead to 15-11.
To go with Todd’s 34 assists, she finished with her fourth triple-double of the season and third in her last seven matches, notching 10 kills and 10 digs. Vieira nearly matched the feat with nine kills along with 11 digs and eight assists and sophomore libero Michelle Meehan had 11 digs.