ARLINGTON, Va. – The Marymount University women's volleyball team won its ninth-consecutive match on Wednesday night, defeating York College of Pennsylvania, 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 27-25), in a closely-fought contest. The win marks the Saints' eighth-overall and fourth-straight sweep, as they have only dropped one set in the win streak.
Trailing 11-10 in the first set, senior Emily Abramaitys put down a kill to tie the set and begin an 8-1 run that would give Marymount control of the frame. Abramaitys added a service ace in the run, while senior Caroline Hanson and sophomores Maggie Viniard and Myah Cordrey each added kills in a balanced attack.
After taking the first set, the Saints jumped out to a 10-5 lead in the second, as Hanson notched four kills to lead the way. She finished the match, leading the team with 13 kills, while hitting at a .297 clip.
The Spartans came back to take a 16-13 lead, but another Hanson kill and two Viniard service aces powered a 6-0 spurt to regain the lead for Marymount, 19-16. The Saints held on to the lead the rest of the way to take the two-set lead.
The final set was a battle from the start. The largest lead by either team was only three points, which Marymount held on two separate occasions, however, the Spartans continued to fight back and keep the set close.
A block by Hanson and Cordrey put the Saints up, 19-16, but York flipped the momentum to take a 21-19 lead on a late run. The Spartans pushed the Saints to the limit, leading 24-23, but a kill by sophomore Mykael Johnson tied the score. A service ace by Cordrey gained the lead for the Saints, as Johnson sent home two more kills to take the match.
Johnson finished the match with eight kills, while Cordrey added seven. Junior Theresa Buscemi paced the defense with 14 digs, while Viniard posted 34 assists.
The Saints return to action on Wednesday, September 19, as they will open Atlantic East Conference play, hosting Gwynedd-Mercy University at the Converse Family Fieldhouse. The match is set for 7 p.m.