ARLINGTON, Va. – The Marymount University women's volleyball team extended its win streak to 10 matches on Wednesday night, but the more impressive conclusion was the first-ever Atlantic East Conference victory in league history, topping Gwynedd Mercy University, 3-0 (25-16, 25-18, 25-15).
The straight-sets victory is the ninth sweep of the season, fifth straight, while the 10-match win streak is just one shy of tying the program record of 11 set back in 2014.
The match was in favor of the Saints (10-1, 1-0 AEC) quickly, as they built up a 10-point advantage in the first set at 16-6 and never looked back. Sophomore Jasmine Roy hit the 10-point lead with a service ace. The set rounded out with back-to-back kills by sophomores Mykael Johnson and Myah Cordrey to take the opener, 25-16.
Some adjustments to the lineup in set two showed no difference, seeing Marymount separate itself midway through the game to build up an eight-point lead at 20-12 following back-to-back service aces by Johnson. A kill by freshman Caylee Shelton and an attack error by the Griffins (5-7, 0-1 AEC) ended set two, 25-18.
In the final game, Gwynedd Mercy remained competitive, rallying back to draw the set even at 8-8, but seven-straight points by the Saints including three total kills by Cordrey and senior Emily Abramaitys put away the match. A kill by Cordrey ended the match with a 25-15 victory in set three.
As a team, Marymount posted a .244 hitting percentage while holding the Griffins to -.012. On the individual side of the attack, 10 different Saints registered a kill led by a match-high seven by Johnson on a .333 hitting percentage.
Sophomore Maggie Viniard paced the offense with a match-high 24 assists, while junior Theresa Buscemi and senior Caroline Hanson dove out for eight digs apiece. The Saints rattled off seven total blocks led by sophomore Michaella Ulses with three block assists.
The Saints hit the road for a tough tri-match on Saturday, September 22 for their next competition, traveling to Huntingdon, Pennsylvania to face No. 7 Juniata College and Arcadia University. They open with the host Eagles at 1 p.m., and follow with the Knights at 3:30 p.m.