ARLINGTON, Va. – The Marymount University women's volleyball team opened play during day one of the Marymount Invitational with two victories. The Saints boosted their record to 6-1 with a 3-1 win over Washington (Md.) College (25-14, 22-25, 25-18, 25-13) to start the day, before ending with a 3-0 sweep of Eastern University (25-23, 27-25, 25-21).
Marymount 3, Washington 1
The Saints came out strong with an opening 12-4 run in the first set to take the lead. Senior Caroline Hanson record four kills to lead the spurt; she finished the match tied for the team high with 17 kills.
The big early lead was plenty for Marymount to cruise to the first-set win and take a 1-0 lead in the match.
The Shorewomen came back to tie the match after engineering an eight-point comeback as part of a 14-3 run in the second set.
However, the Saints regained control and didn't look back to grab the win in the final two sets.
After being tied 10-10 in the third, a kill by senior Emily Abramaitys, followed by two-straight kills from Hanson, sparked a 10-2 run to gain control before taking the 2-1 edge.
Abramaitys added another five kills in the final set of the match, while sophomore Mykael Johnson tallied six in the frame to keep the Marymount offense in gear to grab the win. Johnson finished the match with 17 to tie Hanson, while Abramaitys knocked down 15 kills.
Marymount 3, Eastern 0
In a tough, back-and-forth match against the Eagles, the Saints were up to the challenge, riding the momentum of their earlier win. Marymount hit its stride in the middle of the first set, with a 6-0 run that was sparked by a block by sophomore Myah Cordrey and Johnson to take a 19-13 lead. Cordrey added a kill in the spurt, while Hanson notched two more.
Eastern came back fighting in the second set, leading much of the frame, but the Saints never fell behind by more than four points.
Trailing 22-20, Johnson and Cordrey each tallied kills to help take a late 23-22 lead.
The Eagles retook the lead 24-23, but kills from Johnson and Abramaitys set up Cordrey to finish out the set with a kill and a service ace for the 2-0 lead.
The Saints used another late run in the third set to seal the match. After the set started a closely as the second, Abramaitys knocked down two kills for a 20-17 lead. Marymount never trailed again from there to complete the sweep.
Hanson again led the way with 14 kills in the match, while Abramaitys added 10 of her own.
Sophomore Jasmine Roy led the defense with 19 digs in the contest.
The Saints will continue on Saturday, September 8 in day two of the tournament. They will first take on Randolph-Macon College at 11 a.m., in the Converse Family Field House.