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Safley, Shahan set career highs, lead Saints to victory to close regular season

Safley, Shahan set career highs, lead Saints to victory to close regular season

GLENSIDE, Pa. – The Marymount University men's volleyball team closed out the regular season on Friday night at Arcadia University with a 3-2 victory.

The Saints took the first set, as the teams traded wins thoughout the match. Three-straight kills from junior Sam Safley led the Saints to a 5-2 lead in the opening game, as they would not trail for the entirety of the set.

Safley finished the set with seven kills to lead the way, while senior Remington Shahan tallied five kills, as the Saints took a 25-23 win. Safley put down the final two kills in the set to take the 1-0 lead.

Arcadia got out to the quick start in the second set, taking a 7-2 lead. Safley continued his strong play, as another streak of three-straight kills got the Saints back to within one, 11-10.

The Knights regained their lead, 20-14, but a 10-4 run for Marymount tied the game, 24-24. Junior Joseph Zanelotti, senior Eric Wiles, senior James Knight, and Shahan all notched kills in the stretch, but the Knights held on for a 26-24 win.

Knight notched two kills, before tallying a service ace, leading an 8-4 run to open the third set in the Saints' favor.

Arcadia came back to tie the set and eventually take an 18-14 lead, in a game that would require extra points. Safley and Shahan continued to lead the way, as three kills, each, kept the set close, as the teams traded points, with the teams reaching a 29-29 tie.

Two more kills from Safley gave the Saints a 32-31 lead, as Marymount went on for a 34-32 win.

The teams opened with a close start to the fourth frame, as a block by freshmen Jason Perkins and Ervin Harrell tied the score, 10-10, but the Knights went on a 15-8 run the rest of the way to tie the match, 2-2.

Two kills, each, from Safley and Perkins led an 8-4 start for the Saints in the fifth, as the team gained control early.

Harrell put down two kills in the rest of the frame, as the Saints earned the win with a 15-8 set victory.

Safley paced the team with a career-high 24 kills in the match, while Shahan also set a career high with 15 kills, finishing second on the team. Zanelotti kept the offense going with 57 assists, while freshman Chris Manganiello led the defense with 14 digs.

The Saints will return to action in the Continental Volleyball Conference tournament on Thursday, April 11 against Rutgers University - Newark at Perry McCluer High School in Buena Vista, Va.; the game is set for 5:30 p.m.