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Saints Sweep Scarlet Raptors, Advance to ECAC Quarterfinals Saturday

Saints Sweep Scarlet Raptors, Advance to ECAC Quarterfinals Saturday

ARLINGTON, Va. - All 18 of the players in uniform for the Marymount women's volleyball team played on Wednesday night as the Saints advanced to the quarterfinals of the ECAC Division III Women's Volleyball Championship with a 25-10, 25-18, 25-14 victory over Rutgers-Camden inside Verizon Sports Arena.

Marymount (15-14) posted a season-best .307 hitting percentage, totaling 37 kills and only 10 errors in 88 attempts. Freshman Alexa Marcum led the team with eight kills while junior Caroline Hanson had seven and junior Ashton Walker had five. The trio combined for 20 kills on 32 attempts and a .531 hitting percentage.

The match featured just two ties and one lead change with both coming in the third set. The Saints jumped out to a 10-2 lead in the first set and led by as many as 15 points before taking a 5-0 lead in the second and leading by as many as 11.

Hanson and Walker each had three kills in the first set, combining for six kills on nine attempts while the team had 11 kills and just two errors in 25 attempts. Freshman Maggie Viniard had six assists.

Four Saints had two kills each in the second set as Marymount added another 11 kills, but hit just .131 as the Scarlet Raptors (16-17) had four block assists. Viniard added seven more assists while freshman Jasmine Roy had four digs.

The third set was the most competitive with Rutgers Camden taking a 3-1 lead before a 6-2 run gave the Saints a 7-5 lead that they would not relinquish. Marcum totaled six of her eight kills in the final set, including one as Marymount closed the match by scoring the final five points.

Viniard finished with 22 assists while senior Christy Tieman added nine. Roy totaled 11 digs, including four in the third set after moving to libero. Freshmen Michaella Ulses and Carmyia Scott each added two kills as 12 players had at least one kill for the Saints.

Marymount will now take on overall top-seed Arcadia (23-11), who received a first-round bye, on Saturday at Frostburg State at 11 a.m.