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Men's Volleyball Slips In Road Trimatch

Men's Volleyball Slips In Road Trimatch

NEWARK, N.J. - The Marymount University men's volleyball team continued its road trip on Saturday, falling in a trimatch at Rutgers University-Newark to the host Scarlet Raiders and Hunter College.

Match 1: Rutgers-Newark 3, Marymount 1

The Saints opened up the day with the host Scarlet Raiders, going to four sets but to eventually fall, 3-1 (25-22, 25-19, 15-25, 25-22). 

Dropping two close games to open the match, Marymount came out for a strong third set to get back into the match. Early on in the game, a 5-1 run that involved an ace by senior Eric Wiles and a kill by freshman Jason Perkins put the Saints ahead for the remainder of the set. The Saints rounded out the game with a 7-1 stretch to take a 25-15 game. 

The fourth set was a battle to the end, as Marymount remained neck-and-neck with the Scarlet Raiders all the way to 23-22. After a kill by sophomore Evan Flesher to put the Saints within one, Rutgers answered with two straight to take the match. 

The Saints were led by Wiles with 14 kills and three service aces, while junior Sam Safley added 13 kills on a .478 clip. 

Match 2: Hunter 3, Marymount 0

Marymount got right back into it following the Rutgers' match, taking on Hunter, a squad that sits right outside of the AVCA top 15. Reaching the final stretch in each of the sets, the Saints couldn't pull out a game before falling 3-0 (25-21, 25-22, 25-20).

With most of the roster seeing time in the match, Safley led the way with a match-high 17 kills on a .324 kill percentage, while adding a match-high two solo blocks. He finished the day with 30 kills.

Freshman Sean Shtivelberg, typically a setter, came through for six kills in the match, while freshman Kyle Kiser added four. 

Junior Joseph Zanelotti provided the distribution with a match-high 29 assists, and freshman Chris Manganiello dove out for a match-high eight digs. 

The Saints return home for a CVC match on Wednesday, March 6, taking on Randolph-Macon College. Start time is set for 7 p.m., in the Converse Family Fieldhouse.