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Men's volleyball seals up 11th sweep of season in victory over Thiel

Men's volleyball seals up 11th sweep of season in victory over Thiel

ARLINGTON, Va. – The No. 5 Marymount men's volleyball team moved to 6-1 in Continental Volleyball Conference play on Friday night, bringing out the brooms against Thiel College for a 25-20, 25-18, 25-15 victory and remain atop the league. 

Now 15-5 overall this season, the Saints have swept their opponents in straight sets in 11 of those victories, only giving up sets in victories this season to Wittenberg, Kean, Juniata, and Eastern Mennonite. Marymount is set to take on Juniata for the second time in league play on Saturday afternoon. 

The Saints overcame small deficits in each of the three sets, but consistency played key down the stretch. In set one, they hit .429 for 12 kills and followed it up with two-straight sets of a .500 hitting percentage to go with 17 kills and 13 kills, respectively. For the match, MU only had eight attack errors, three of which were from Tomcat blocks. 

Leading the way for the night was sophomore Sam Safley with a match-high 15 kills on a .619 hitting percentage. Junior Eric Wiles also hit double figures with 10 kills, while junior James Knight added seven kills to go along with a team-high eight digs and match-high two service aces. 

On the setup, sophomore Joseph Zanelotti posted a season-high 37 assists. 

As a team, the Saints totaled three solo blocks and nine block assists, as Knight, Safley and freshman Evan Flesher each had solos and freshman Justin Brown was a part of three blocks. 

The men remain at home tomorrow, March 17, hosting Juniata College for another CVC divisional matchup. Start time is set for 3 p.m., in the Verizon Sports Arena.