READING, Pa. - The Marymount University men's volleyball team put up a strong fight against No. 4 Stevens Institute of Technology on Friday night at Alvernia University, taking the Ducks to four sets before falling 3-1 (25-20, 29-31, 25-19, 25-19).
A good battle in the first set had both teams hit .481, while the Saints laid down 15 kills and the Ducks 16. Marymount trailed for most of the game, but the momentum picked up in the second set where the Saints took Stevens to extra points.
In return, Marymount led for much of the second game, building up as much as a five-point advantage at 18-13. The Ducks closed the gap at 19-19 with a 6-1 run, but four-straight points by the Saints including back-to-back kills by freshman Ervin Harrell and a kill by senior James Knight put Marymount just two points away from drawing the match even.
However, the Ducks fought back against to tie the match at 24-24 following a timeout. The Saints had set point six times, and it was on the sixth time that a kill by senior Remington Shahan and an attack error by the Ducks solidified a 31-29 victory for MU.
Although the final two sets remained close, the Saints fell, 25-19, in both.
Three different Saints finished with double-figure kills led by junior Sam Safley with 16 kills on a .342 kill percentage. Harrell followed with 11 and Knight added 10. Junior Joseph Zanelotti posted a double-double with 38 assists and 10 digs.
Marymount continues at Alvernia tomorrow for two more matches, taking on Hiram at 12 p.m., and then host Alvernia at 4 p.m.