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No. 6 Saints Sweep Rutgers-Newark, Earn Top-Seed in CVC West Division

No. 6 Saints Sweep Rutgers-Newark, Earn Top-Seed in CVC West Division

ARLINGTON, Va. - For the third-straight match, Marymount men's volleyball sophomore Sam Safley led the team in kills, totaling 16 while posting a .560 hitting percetnage as the No. 6 Saints swept a Continental Volleyball Conference (CVC) contest versus Rutgers-Newark Friday night at Verizon Sports Arena, 25-18, 25-14, 25-23.

With the win, Marymount (19-6, 10-2 CVC) secured the No. 1 seed in the CVC West Division. With a win tomorrow and a loss by Kean in one of its final two conference matches, the Saints will earn the No. 1 overall seed and host the 2018 CVC Championship.

Safley has totaled 56 kills over his last two matches, an average of 5.09 per set, while posting a .406 hiitting percentage. His 16 kills were just seven shy of the 23 totaled by the Scarlet Knights as a team.

Safley was one of three Saints to total at least 10 kills as junior Eric Wiles added 11 and senior TJ Wiechecki had 10. 

Marymount posted a season-high .482 hitting percentage as a team while committing just 10 attack errors.

The first set featured seven ties, the last coming at 13-13 before the Saints scored four of the next five points, led by two kills from Wiles and one from Wiechecki, to take a 17-14 lead. Back-to-back service aces by junior Remington Shahan pushed the lead to 21-16 before two kills from Safley and one from Wiechecki capped a 4-1 Marymount run to seal the win.

The Saints jumped out to an 8-3 lead in the second set, highlighted by two kills each from Safley and Wiles. After a Marymount service error, the Saints scored the next three points to take a 16-9 lead. From there, the deficit never fell below five as Shahan totaled three kills and Safley added two while Marymount also took advantage of two Scarlet Knight service errors.

The third set was the most competitive of the three as there were 10 ties and neither team led by more than three. With the set tied for the final time at 22-22, junior Evan Flesher posted two of his six kills to seal the Saints' 14th win of the season in straight sets.

Shahan finished with eight kills while Wiles added eight digs. Senior Connor Choate had a match-high 10 digs while senior Erich Bratke totaled 42 assists.

Marymount hosts its final CVC contest of the season on Saturday when the Saints welcome Neumann for a 1 p.m., match inside Verizon Sports Arena.