LANGHORNE, Pa. – The Marymount University men's volleyball team opened Continental Volleyball Conference play on Friday night, traveling to Cairn University for a 3-0 sweep.
The Saints left little doubt in the first two sets, taking them by 25-13 and 25-12 scores, with the help of a .360 hitting percentage in the first set and a .316 percentage in the second.
They opened the match on an 8-1 run, with the help of three kills from senior Remington Shahan.
Two kills from senior James Knight kept the momentum going to push the lead to 12-3. Knight and Shahan each finished the first set with four kills, as the Saints took the 1-0 match lead.
The Saints did not falter from there, taking the 2-0 lead.
Sophomore Evan Flesher put down two kills in the opening points of the third set, as the Saints again started hot, this time with a 9-3 stint.
Cairn fought back to cut the score to 10-7, but kills from freshman Ervin Harrell and Flesher sparked an 8-3 run to reopen an eight-point lead for Marymount.
The Highlanders again would not go away easy, getting back to within three at 19-16, but Harrell and freshman Jason Perkins registered a block to halt the comeback attempt.
Two more kills by Harrell helped the Saints take the third set 25-20 for the match win.
Harrell led a balanced offensive attack with five kills, while Shahan, Flesher, Knight, and freshman Raymond Tarasi all notched four. Harrell also led the defense with seven digs, while Zanelotti tallied 24 assists.
The Saints are back in action tomorrow, Saturday, February 9 in CVC action at Neumann University; the match is set for 11 a.m.