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Second-Seeded Saints Gear Up For Atlantic East Semifinals Against Third-Seeded Knights

Second-Seeded Saints Gear Up For Atlantic East Semifinals Against Third-Seeded Knights

ARLINGTON, Va. – The second-seeded Marymount University women's volleyball team will host the first-ever Atlantic East Conference tournament in the Converse Family Fieldhouse on Thursday, November 1, taking on third-seeded Neumann University in a semifinal match at 7 p.m. 

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How We Got Here

The Saints (24-4) collected a 5-1 Atlantic East record through the regular season, only falling to the top-seed in the tournament, Cabrini University, 3-1, on Saturday, October 20. With the Cavaliers going undefeated, Marymount earned the second seed in the tournament, a first-round bye and the right to host a semifinal contest on Thursday night. 

How They Got Here

The Knights (16-15) went 4-2 through the regular-season conference slate, falling to Cabrini and Marymount. Earning a third seed in the tournament, they hosted sixth-seeded Immaculata University on Tuesday, October 30, completing a season sweep with their second-straight three-set victory over the Mighty Macs. In the victory, Rachel Cray earned her 2,000th-career assist, while Melanie Malseed notched a double-double with 10 kills and 14 digs. 

Last Time We Met

The day after the Saints fell to Cabrini for their only loss of conference play, they rallied back in winning fashion with a four-set victory on Sunday, October 21 on the Knights' home court. Marymount held out for a 25-23 first-set win before throttling past in the second game, 25-16. Neumann answered with a 25-22 victory in the third set to extend the match, but the Saints put the final touch on with a 25-18 fourth to take the 3-1 match. 

Senior Caroline Hanson registered a double-double in the match with a match-high 17 kills on a .310 hitting percentage to go along with 12 digs. Sophomore Maggie Viniard sent out a match-high 39 assists, and sophomore Jasmine Roy dove out for a team-high 15 digs. For the Knights, Bre Hickey paced the offense with 15 kills, while Malseed added a double-double on 14 kills and 13 digs. 

Accuracy Is Key

Marymount's offense has been strong on the attack, not just laying down 13.24 kills per set, but being very accurate in the attempts. The Saints rank 14th in the country in team hitting percentage with an impressive .245, while sitting 27th in kills per set. Both numbers lead the Atlantic East, ahead of top-seed Cabrini. Leading the front in that accuracy is sophomore middle hitter Myah Cordrey with a league-leading .376 hitting percentage, a number good enough to rank her 15th in the country. 

Up Next?

Pending a victory against the Knights, the Saints would advance to the first-ever Atlantic East Women's Volleyball championship match on Saturday, November 3. If top-seeded Cabrini defeats fifth-seed Marywood University in the other semifinal match, the Cavaliers would host the title match. If the Cavs fall to the Pacers, the Saints would host the championship in Arlington. The start time would be to be determined.  

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