ARLINGTON, Va. – The Marymount University women's volleyball team closed out its regular season on Saturday with a 3-0 victory over Immaculata University in Atlantic East Conference play at The Converse Family Field House on Senior Day.
The Saints came out strong in the first set, opening with a 6-0 spurt that was capped by a kill from senior Ashton Walker.
The offense stayed hot throughout the first frame, hitting a .370 percentage, building the lead to as many as 12 points on the way to the first-set victory.
The Mighty Macs were able to keep the second set close through the opening points, but a kill from senior Maggie Munro sparked a 5-0 run that allowed the Saints to take a 10-5 lead.
Marymount continued to build from there, using another Munro kill, three kills from senior Emily Abramaitys, and a block from the duo to lead the way to a 20-9 advantage.
Freshman Caylee Shelton capped the frame with a kill for the 2-0 match lead.
The Saints continued the impressive offensive attack in the third set, as seven kills, including two from Abramaitys, built an 8-3 lead.
The Mighty Macs were able to fight back to keep the set close, eventually taking a 10-8 lead, but another three kills from Abramaitys led an 8-3 run to retake the lead, 16-13.
Abramaitys led the Saints on the day with a match-high 13 kills. She also finished with a season-high 12 digs, good to tie for second on the team.
Immaculata continued to keep the set close and pressure the Saints, never falling into a deficit of more than five points the rest of the way and pushing the score to 24-23, before Abramaitys grabbed the win for the Saints with her final kill.
Before the match, the Saints honored their senior class of Abramaitys, Hanson, Walker, Munro, and Celine Nguyen.
Nguyen led the defense on the day with 15 kills, which ties her career high, while Hanson chipped in with 12 digs and eight kills.
Sophomore Maggie Viniard posted 25 assists to keep the Saints offense moving strong in the match.
Marymount now looks forward to the Atlantic East tournament, earning the No. 2 seed in the program's first season in the conference. The Saints will host a semifinal contest on Thursday, November 1, after earning a first-round bye. Marymount's opponent will be determined by the results of the first-round matches on Tuesday, October 30. Log onto www.marymountsaints.com for more information, as it becomes available.