ARLINGTON, Va. – The Marymount University women's volleyball team remained hot on Wednesday night, returning home for a match against former Capital Athletic Conference rival, University of Mary Washington, in the Converse Family Fieldhouse. Although the Saints dropped the first set of the year on their home court, they remained undefeated at home with a 3-1 victory over the Eagles.
The match was hyped up to be a good one, considering the last time the two squads met up on the Saints' home court was in 2016 when Marymount topped the Eagles in four sets and Mary Washington was ranked 12th in the country, the first time the Saints defeated a ranked team in program history.
The sets played out very similarly to the match in 2016, as the Saints (12-2) took the first set and the Eagles (9-8) battled back to draw the match even with a victory in the second game.
The first game saw the score even seven times until Marymount took the final lead that held out at 16-15 when sophomore setter Maggie Viniard dumped one in for a kill. It ignited a three-point stretch for the Saints that also included a kill by senior Emily Abramaitys. Two more three-point runs ended the match with the seal coming from senior Caroline Hanson on a kill to take a 25-19 set one.
A quick start for MU in the second game had the Saints up 4-0 on the Eagles, as Abramaitys laid down the first two points on kills. Marymount never trailed throughout the set, although it remained close. Later in with a 22-20 advantage for Marymount, the Eagles took their final timeout. It paid off, as UMW pushed through with a 5-1 run to take a 25-23 decision and draw the match even.
The third set had the Saints out front out as much as six early at 9-3, but the Eagles battled back to eventually build up their largest lead of the set at 17-14. However, Marymount used a timeout of their own to push through on an 11-3 stretch to seal up the 25-20 victory and take a one-set lead.
It was the Eagles in the fourth set that started the scoring out and built up a small advantage, but the Saints never were down more than two. Midway through the set, Marymount separated itself to never trail again and take the 25-19 decision and the 3-1 victory in the match.
Hanson had a career night on the attack side, posting a career- and match-high 22 kills on a .245 hitting percentage. She added a season-high 17 digs for her sixth double-double of the year, second straight.
Viniard also had a career night, diving out for a career- and team-high 19 digs while sending out a match-high 37 assists for her fifth double-double of the season. She continues to separate herself in the Atlantic East Conference in assists, now with 468 for the season at 10.17 per set. The next closest in total assists is 365 from Gwynedd Mercy's Bridget McTamney, while the closest in assists per set is 7.59 by Marywood's Sara Burgos.
Sophomore Myah Cordrey had a double-digit kill night with 10 on a .241 hitting percentage, while Abramaitys and sophomore Mykael Johnson added eight apiece. Junior libero Theresa Buscemi dove out for 16 digs and added eight assists.
The Saints now hit the road for an eight-match stretch, starting out across the river in the nation's capital for the two-day Worthington Classic hosted by Gallaudet University. On Friday, September 28, they take on Lycoming College at 4 p.m., and follow at 8 p.m., against Fairleigh Dickinson University-Florham.