HUNTINGDON, Pa. – A tough road tri-match for the Marymount University women's volleyball team had the Saints splitting the day, falling to host No. 7 Juniata College before pulling out the brooms against Arcadia University in the final match.
Match One: No. 7 Juniata 3, Marymount 0
The Saints opened the day against one of the top teams in the country in the host Eagles, who entered the day with a 7-3 record, five wins being against top-25 opponents. Marymount held strong, including a promising second game, but the Eagles took the 3-0 (25-17, 25-21, 25-17) decision.
The loss snaps a 10-match win streak for the Saints, who have had a stellar run through September, only dropping one set through 10 matches entering Saturday. They fell one match shy of tying the program record for consecutive victories.
On the offensive side, sophomore Mykael Johnson and senior Maggie Munro each tallied a team-high eight kills. Sophomore Maggie Viniard registered a match-high 24 assists, along with tying junior Theresa Buscemi for a team-high eight digs.
Match Two: Marymount 3, Arcadia 0
Although the win streak was snapped against a great squad in the Eagles, the Saints (11-2) wasted no time getting back into the win column with the team's 10th straight-set victory of the season with the 3-0 (25-21, 28-26, 25-20) decision over the Knights.
Arcadia, a squad that entered with a 10-1 record for the day, had a solid performance, but it didn't match up to an even better performance by the Saints. Marymount totaled a season-best hitting percentage of .370, while knocking down 42 kills. It was just the second time this season the squad posted a single-digit total in attack errors, halting at eight for the match.
Leading the way was senior Caroline Hanson with a double-double of a match-high 15 kills and team-high 10 digs, while hitting .464. Senior Emily Abramaitys followed behind with 10 kills on a .318 hitting percentage, and sophomore Myah Cordrey chipped in eight kills herself.
Viniard again commanded the offense with a match-high 37 assists, and added three block assists.
The Saints return home for a rivalry match against I-95 foe University of Mary Washington on Wednesday, September 26. Start time is set for 6 p.m., in the Converse Family Fieldhouse.