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Saints Crowned Worthington Classic Champions With Two-Win Day

Saints Crowned Worthington Classic Champions With Two-Win Day

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Marymount University women's volleyball team capped off a 4-0 weekend with two more victories on Saturday over Elmira College and Dickinson College to be crowned the Worthington Classic champions at Gallaudet University. 

Match 1: Marymount 3, Elmira 1

The Saints opened the final day against the Soaring Eagles, falling behind early with a 25-19 defeat in game one. They quickly erased any doubt with a throttling 25-14 victory in set two, posting a .417 hitting percentage with 13 kills on 24 attempts. 

After not trailing in set two, it was a different battle in set three where the advantage was swapped four times. That final change of lead went to the Saints when they hit a 10-1 stretch to take an 18-13 advantage. Senior Caroline Hanson had three kills in the run, while senior Emily Abramaitys added two.

Although Elmira battled back to within three down the stretch at 23-20, a timeout by Marymount proved successful, seeing sophomore Mykael Johnson and Hanson go back-to-back on kills to end game three, 25-20. 

The fourth set played similar to the third, as the two teams stayed neck-and-neck until a draw at 14-14 was erased by a 10-2 run for the Saints that put the match away. Hanson and sophomore Myah Cordrey combined for five of the kills in the stretch, while Johnson added two including the final of the match to take set four, 25-18. 

Hanson and Johnson led the way on the offensive end with a match-high 17 and 16 kills, respectively, while Abramaitys added 13. Sophomore Maggie Viniard sent out a match-high 49 assists, while junior Theresa Buscemi dove out for 10 digs. At the net, Hanson and junior Miranda Cooksey each registered four block assists, as the team finished with 12 for the match.

Match 2: Marymount 3, Dickinson 0

In a match of the final two teams in the tournament with a perfect 3-0 record, the Saints (16-2) coasted to a three-set sweep of the Red Devils, 3-0 (25-14, 25-16, 25-21).

It took Marymount a 4-0 deficit to open set one to catch fire, erasing the Dickinson lead with four-straight points of its own. A block assist by Hanson and Cordrey kicked it off, and Abramaitys and Hanson followed with a kill each. The match drew even at 4-4 after Hanson sent in her first service ace of the match. 

The pace continued through the set, as Cordrey capped off the 25-14 victory with a kill. 

The momentum continued into the second game, building up a 5-0 lead out the gates and never looking back. The stretch included a kill by Cordrey, a kill by Abramaitys, a Hanson service ace, and a block assists by Cordrey and Viniard. 

Dickinson never closed in any closer than two points, and the final stretch in the set had Hanson put down three-straight kills and a Cordrey-Abramaitys block put the last touch on a 25-16 second-set victory.

The final set played much closer and was a grind to the close, but the Saints pulled out the 25-21. Following a service ace by sophomore Jasmine Roy to put Marymount up 22-18, Dickinson called a timeout and came out for two quick points to cut its deficit to two. Keeping their composure, the Saints came through with a kill by senior Maggie Munro and eventual service ace by Hanson to seal up the victory.

Hanson and Johnson led the way with 10 kills apiece, while Viniard added another double-double to her resume with a match-high 26 assists and a match-hgih 15 digs. Roy added 10 digs, while Hanson was one-dig shy of a double-double. 

At the conclusion of the weekend, Viniard was named the tournament Most Valuable Player. She averaged over 34 assists per match to keep the Saints offensive attack moving, while adding 34 digs and two service aces across the four matches.

Cordrey was also named to the all-tournament team. She totaled 31 kills over the weekend, while adding six assisted blocks, one solo block, and three service aces. 

The Saints return to action on Wednesday, October 3, as they travel to Stevenson University a non-conference matchup. Start time is set for 7 p.m.

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