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Men's volleyball splits tri-match, defeats Vassar, 3-2

Men's volleyball splits tri-match, defeats Vassar, 3-2

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Marymount University men's volleyball team hosted No. 6 Stevenson University and Vassar College in a tri-match on Friday, splitting the matches with a 3-2 win over the Brewers, while dropping a 3-0 contest to the Mustangs.

Marymount 3, Vassar 2

The Saints fell into a quick 1-0 hole in the match. With the teams tied, 8-8, the Brewers outscored the Saints 17-8 the rest of the way to take the first set.

Trailing, 5-4, in the second set, senior James Knight put down a kill to spark a 7-1 run for Marymount. Freshmen Jason Perkins and Ervin Harrell closed the spurt with a block for the 11-6 edge.

Marymount held the lead from there to tie the match, 1-1. Senior Remington Shahan led the offense with three kills in the set, while Harrell put down two, to help take the frame.

The Brewers jumped out to the early lead in the third, eventually building the advantage to 18-13, but a kill from Harrell and block from junior Joseph Zanelotti powered the Saints back to cut the deficit to only one, 19-18.

However, Vassar closed the set on a 6-2 advantage to take the 2-1 lead.

The Brewers again led in the early moments of the fourth frame, eventually hold an 11-9 advantage, however Knight again got the team going with a kill.

Junior Sam Safley notched two kills, as well, as the Saints fought back to take a 13-12 lead. Safley put down six kills in the set to pace the team.

Knight tallied another kill, beginning an 8-0 spurt to take control of the set. Knight notched two service aces and another kill in the run to lead the way, as the Saints would tie the match, 2-2, on a 25-18 set.

Safley tallied three kills in the beginning of the fifth set, as the teams battles back-and-forth.

With a 8-7 edge, the Saints went on a 6-2 run, capped by two Shahan kills, as they completed the comeback to take the match.

Safley led the way with 13 kills, and Knight added 11 kills and three service aces. Zanelotti led the team with nine digs and 41 assists.

Stevenson 3, Marymount 0

The Saints and Mustangs played a closely-contested contest from the start, with the teams trading leads through the beginning of the first set.

A block by Shahan, followed by a kill from freshman Miles Olson grabbed an early, 3-1, edge for the Saints, and the teams battled from there.

After the Mustangs gained the lead, Safley put down a kill to cut the score to 12-11, but Stevenson responded with a 6-2 run. However, two service aces from Knight led a 4-0 spurt of the Saints to keep the game close, 18-17.

The Mustangs again gained momentum with a 7-2 closing run to take the first set.

Stevenson took a 3-0 lead to start the second set, which they would hold through the entire frame.

A kill from Zanneloti brought the Saints back to within one, 7-6, and the Saints remained close until the Mustangs put together another late run, allowing them to go on to the 2-0 lead.

Stevenson jumped out to an 11-7 advantage in the third, but the Saints continued to fight, as Perkins notched a kill to get to team going.

Two Zanelotti aces, along with kills from Shahan and Safley led a 10-3 run for the Saints to take a 17-14 lead.

Marymount continued to hold its advantage to 23-20, but the Mustangs would not go away, coming back for a 25-24 lead.

Shahan put down a kill to force extra points, but the Mustangs were able to pull out the win, 29-27.

Safley led the Saints with eight kills in the match, to go with six digs. Zanelotti tallied 24 assists, four service aces, and six digs, as well.

The Saints will return to action on Friday, March 29 at Juniata College in Continental Volleyball Conference play; the match is set for 7 p.m.