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Balanced attack leads Saints past Yellow Jackets

Balanced attack leads Saints past Yellow Jackets

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Marymount University men's volleyball team hosted Randolph-Macon College on Wednesday night at the Converse Family Fieldhouse, taking a 3-0 victory.

The Saints took the first set for a 1-0 lead in the match, after a quick start to the set. Senior Eric Wiles put down a kill to get Marymount started, and two kills from junior Sam Safley capped a 7-3 opening run.

The Yellow Jackets kept the score close, getting to within three, 14-11, but Safley notched a service ace to help start a 5-1 spurt for the Saints. Sophomore Evan Flesher and senior Remington Shahan each tallied kills in the stint, building the lead to 19-12.

Shahan, Safley, and senior James Knight all put down four kills in the opening set to lead the way; Knight tallied three in the later moments of the first set, as the Saints continued on to the 25-21 win.

Flesher got the second set started with a service ace. Two kills by Shahan continued the start, giving the Saints a 5-1 lead.

Marymount would have control of the set from there on the way to a 2-0 lead. Knight pushed the advantage to eight, 19-11, with a kill.

Freshman Ervin Harrell, who tallied five kills in the second set, closed out the set with his fifth for a 25-18 win.

With the score tied, 5-5, to start the third set, Safley put down two-straight kills to start a 5-1 run for the Saints.

Randolph-Macon cut the Marymount lead to two, 10-8, but Harrell, Shahan, and Safley all notched kills, before a service ace by freshman Kyle Marcolla-Gattasse to rebuild the lead, 16-10.

The Saints held their lead from there, and a block by Shahan and Safley closed the match for the win.

Safley and Shahan led the team with 10 kills, each, in the match, while Safley tied for the team lead with seven digs. Junior Joseph Zanelotti tallied 35 assists in the match.

The Saints will return to action in the Alvernia University Tournament on Friday, March 8 against Stevens Institute of Technology; the match is set for 7 p.m.