READING, Pa. - The Marymount University men's volleyball team rounded out its time in Pennsylvania on Saturday with two victories at Alvernia University, topping Hiram College, 3-1, before tackling the host in three sets.
Match 1: Marymount 3, Hiram 1
The Saints opened up strong against the Terriers, rolling to a 25-17 first-set victory before dropping a match-high 17 kills in the second set to edge their way to a 25-22 decision to take a 2-0 lead.
Hiram didn't go away easily, answering back with its strongest game in the third, hitting .310 for 12 kills while Marymount had a rough offensive showing with seven kills and nine attack errors to drop a 25-15 set. Marymount rallied back though taking late command of the fourth game to work its way to a 25-18 victory and solidifying a 3-1 match.
The offense was spread out throughout the match, with 10 different Saints registering kills led by freshman Ervin Harrell with 10. Sophomore Evan Flesher added eight kills to go along with three service aces and four block assists. Junior Joseph Zanelotti commanded the offense with a match-high 37 assists to go with three service aces and five digs.
Match 2: Marymount 3, Alvernia 0
Marymount had a break before hitting the court again for a straight-set sweep of the host Wolves, 3-0 (25-18, 25-17, 25-16). The Saints were one kill shy in the third set of having double-digit kills in each of the three sets, while Alvernia hit .000 in all three games with a total of 25 attack errors through the match.
Junior Sam Safley was the force on offense with a match-high 13 kills on a .435 clip, while Harrell and senior James Knight added seven each. Zanelotti added another 27 assists in the win, and freshman Chris Manganiello dove out for a match-high 11 digs. Flesher, with four block assists in the first match, added eight more in the Alvernia match.
Marymount will take some time off before returning to its home court for a five-match stand. The Saints welcome Vassar and Stevenson to Converse Family Fieldhouse on Friday, March 22 for a trimatch, set to begin at 1 p.m.