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Strong play from underclassmen leads Saints past Knights, 3-0

Strong play from underclassmen leads Saints past Knights, 3-0

ASTON, Pa. – The Marymount University men's volleyball team picked up its second-straight win on Saturday, defeating Neumann University in straight sets in Continental Volleyball Conference play.

With the scored tied 5-5 in the first set, the Saints pulled away with a 10-1 run to grab a nine-point lead.

Freshman Jason Perkins put down a kill to get things going, and he added three more in the stint.

The Saints controlled the match from there, taking a 25-10 win.

The second set began with a 7-1 run in favor of Marymount. Freshman Raymond Tarasi notched a block, before two service aces from classmate Chris Manganiello, for the Saints' first points.

Freshman Miles Olson capped the run with a kill.

The Knights cut the lead down to four, and kept it close until the Saints led 14-10.

Sophomore Evan Flesher notched a kill to spark an 11-5 spurt that ended the set, 25-15, and grabbed a 2-0 lead for Marymount.

The team's played the beginning of the third set closely, with the Saints grabbing a slight, 7-6, lead.

Olson would put down another kill, as the Saints scored the next seven points to take control of the set. Tarasi notched two kills, while Perkins added another, in the run.

The Knights made a late comeback attempt to cut the score to 18-15, but Olson again sparked the Saints with a kill.

Marymount closed the match with a 7-1 run, led by three kills from Tarasi.

Tarasi led the team with a match-high 14 kills, while Perkins finished with 10. Sophomore Jacob Martinez paced the defense with nine digs, while junior Joseph Zanelotti finished with 24 assists.

The Saints will return to the Converse Family Fieldhouse on Friday, February 15 to take on Ramapo College in conference play; the match is set for 7 p.m.