BRIDGEWATER, Va. – The Marymount University women's volleyball team opened up the 2018 season on Friday evening, competing in the Route 42 Volleyball Classic hosted by Bridgewater College and Eastern Mennonite University.
The Saints went to five sets in the season opener against the host Eagles, falling 3-2, before rallying for a three-set sweep over North Carolina Wesleyan in the final match of the day.
Game One: Bridgewater 3, Marymount 2
The Saints battled for a two-set lead, taking a 25-21 first set and a 25-22 second set. But the Eagles rallied to take the final three sets, although it didn't come without a fight from Marymount.
Set three went to extra points, seeing the score draw even five times late before the Eagles took the 30-28 set decision. Set four was even more of a battle by the Saints, rallying back from a 22-14 deficit to get within two at 24-22. The 8-2 stretch had Bridgewater call a timeout on set point, proving a good move. Out of the timeout, an attack by sophomore Mykael Johnson would meet a wall of two Eagles for the block and a 25-22 set.
In the deciding set, the Saints built up an 11-8 advantage, but the Eagles hit a late stretch like Marymount in the fourth set, putting together a 7-2 rally for the 15-13 victory to seal up the tight match.
Senior Emily Abramaitys led the Saints with 18 kills on a .298 kill percentage, while Johnson and senior Caroline Hanson added 16 and 12, respectively. Sophomore Myah Cordrey added 10 kills on a .276 percentage. Sophomore Maggie Viniard set a new career high in assists, sending out 57 helpers, while junior Theresa Buscemi dove out for 28 digs.
Game Two: Marymount 3, North Carolina Wesleyan 0
Not weighing in the tough defeat of the first match, the Saints coasted past the Battling Bishops in their second match in straight sets.
Leading the way was Hanson with a match-high 12 kills on a .444 kill percentage, as the Saints as a team hit .263 for the match. In set two, the team his .361.
The women will now head to Eastern Mennonite on Saturday, September 1 for their final two matches of the Route 42 Volleyball Classic, taking on Lynchburg College at 12 p.m., and the host Royals at 2 p.m.