ARLINGTON, Va. – The Marymount University women's volleyball team finished out the 2018 Marymount Invitational on Saturday, posting two more victories to finish a perfect 4-0 on the weekend and be named the tournament champions. The Saints took down Randolph-Macon College, 3-0 (25-20, 25-10, 26-24), before defeating Virginia Wesleyan University, 3-0 (25-17, 25-20, 25-19).
Marymount 3, Randolph-Macon 0
The Saints took an early 5-2 lead to begin play, but that is as large as the lead would grow, as the teams battled back and forth for the majority of the first set. The Yellow Jackets were able to take an 18-13 lead late in play, before a service error put the ball back in the Saints' hands.
Sophomore Myah Cordrey took advance on her first serve, tallying an ace that helped spark a 12-2 run to retake the lead for Marymount and grab the 1-0 lead.
Marymount rode its momentum into the second set, as Hanson knocked home five-straight service aces to close out an opening 10-3 run to take a commanding lead.
The Saints never looked back from there, as great defense held the Yellow Jackets to only 10 points in the frame, on the way to the 2-0 match lead. Sophomore Maggie Viniard posted 14 digs in the match, while junior Theresa Buscemi added 11, to pace the defense.
The final set proved to be a closer battle, with neither team taking a lead greater than three points. Another Hanson service ace, followed by kills from Abramaitys and Hanson gave the Saints a 12-9 lead.
However, Randolph-Macon battled back and held the Saints at match point, 24-21. Marymount did not waver, closing out the match on a 5-0 run for its first victory of the day.
Johnson got things started with two kills, including the tying point, before Buscemi and Hanson knocked in a service ace and a kill, respectively, to take the win.
Johnson and Hanson each tallied 12 kills to lead the Marymount attack.
Marymount 3, Virginia Wesleyan 0
Led by two kills from Johnson, the Saints took a 5-0 lead in the first set of their second match, an advantage that they would not relinquish through the frame.
They built their lead to as much as nine points, at 20-11, on a Hanson service ace, before taking the set 25-17.
Marymount again jumped out to an early lead in the second set, but the Marlins fought back, able to grab a 12-10 edge halfway through the frame.
Buscemi was able to tie the score, 12-12, with an ace, sparking the Saints offense. Led by four Abramaitys kills, the team was able to take a 23-16 lead on the way to a 2-0 advantage.
Like the first set, Marymount again opened with five unanswered scores in the third, as Hanson hit two kills and Buscemi added two more of her match-leading four service aces. Between the two matches, Hanson (seven) and Buscemi (six) totaled for 13 aces.
Again, the Saints would not give up their lead on the way to their second match sweep on the day.
Hanson led the way with 16 kills in the match, while Buscemi dug out 24 balls to lead the defense.
The Saints ended the weekend as the only team to go undefeated in the invitational, as Viniard was named the MVP of the tournament. She posted 30 or more assists in all four matches, while notching double-digit digs in each of the final three.
Hanson was also named to the all-tournament team for her strong play over the two days. She averaged over 14 kills per match on the weekend and added 10 service aces in the four contests.
The Saints dropped only one set over the two days. They now sit at 8-1 on the year, having only lost four sets in nine contests.
Marymount now looks to Wednesday, September 12, as the Saints will host York College of Pennsylvania at the Converse Family Fieldhouse at 7 p.m.