LANCASTER, Pa. – The Marymount University men's volleyball team traveled to Lancaster Bible College on Saturday for a tri-match with Lancaster Bible and Penn State University-Altoona on Saturday. The Saints split the matches, sweeping the Lions, 3-0, before falling to the Chargers, 3-0.
Marymount 3, Penn State-Altoona 0
The Lions cut the lead down to 7-5, but a 14-5 run gave Marymount control the rest of the way. Junior Sam Safley put down three kills in the spurt, as he finished the match with eight to tie for the team lead.
The Saints did not look back from there, taking the set 25-14.
The Lions were the ones to come out fast in the second set, taking a 10-6 lead, but the Saints answered with a 12-3 run to regain control.
Senior Eric Wiles got things going with a kill, as he notched two in the stint, while Safley and Shahan each tallied one, on the way to an 18-13 lead.
The Saints again had little trouble the rest of the way for a 25-17 set win for the 2-0 lead.
Zanelotti put down a kill to begin the third frame, before Wiles and Shahan each notched kills, as well. Safley continued the hot start with two service aces, as the Saints again came out fast and opened with a 10-4 edge.
They pushed the lead to 16-9, with the help of two blocks and a kill from sophomore Evan Flesher, with one block being assisted by Safley.
Safley and Flesher each tallied one more kill each in the match, as Marymount closed out the 25-19 third set.
Wiles tallied eight kills in the match, while Shahan added seven. Zanelotti finished with 27 assists, while freshman Kyle Marcolla-Gattasse led the defense with seven digs.
Lancaster Bible 3, Marymount 0
The teams opened the first set with a back-and-forth battle, but three-straight kills from Safley helped the Saints take a 13-8 lead.
Marymount continued to hold the lead to 20-17, but eight-straight points by the Chargers gave them the 1-0 lead.
The second set showed much of the same close play throughout the frame. Wiles hit a service ace to grab a 9-8 lead for the Saints.
After Lancaster Bible regained the lead, kills from Safley and Flesher helped keep Marymount within one point, 15-14.
But the Chargers again found a late run, 10-5, to grab the two-set lead.
The Saints would not go down without a fight in the third set, taking an initial 10-5 lead. A balanced attack feature kills by Flesher, Shahan, Safley, Wiles, and senior Alex Treser, before a Safley service ace capped the run.
Marymount continued its strong start, building the lead to 18-13, as Shahan put down another kill, but the Chargers again had a late run in them, using a 12-3 spurt to take the match.
Safley finished with 12 kills to lead the Saints, while Zanelotti tallied 22 assists. Marcolla-Gattasse again led the defense with six digs.
Marymount will travel next to Springfield College for the International Volleyball Hall of Fame Morgan Classic, beginning on Friday, February 1; the Saints will take on Springfield in the first day of action, with the match set for 6 p.m.