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Balanced Attack Leads No.5 Saints to Sweep of Thiel in CVC Contest

Balanced Attack Leads No.5 Saints to Sweep of Thiel in CVC Contest

GREENVILLE, Pa. - Marymount men's volleyball junior Eric Wiles and sophomore Sam Safley each totaled nine kills and six digs as the fifth-ranked Saints swept the Tomcats Saturday morning at Beeghly Gymnasium, 25-16, 25-22, 25-23.

Marymount (11-3, 3-0 CVC) ran its CVC regular season win streak to 11 with its fourth-straight win.

Wiles and Safley combined for 18 kills and a .424 hitting percentage. A total of 14 players saw action in the contest for the Saints, including junior James Knight who had a season-high four kills off the bench. Sophomore Joseph Zanelotti had a career-high 22 assists to go along with five digs.

Senior Connor Choate had a match-high eight digs.

The Saints jumped out to a 14-7 lead in the first set as six different players each had a kill.

Marymount led 10-5 in the second before a quick 5-2 run by Thiel pulled it within two, 12-10. The Saints pushed the to six at 23-17, but once again, the Tomcats came back to within two, 24-22. However, a kill by senior Ben Steranka sealed the deal.

Thiel (4-5, 0-3 CVC) took the early lead in the third at 10-7 before Marymount scored the next three points to tie it 10. From there, the two teams would battle back and forth until the Saints went in front by three, 20-17. Holding a 24-23 advantage, Marymount finished the sweep on a service error by the Tomcats.

The Saints return to action next weekend at the EMU Classic. Marymount opens competition on Friday with a CVC match-up with Southern Virginia at 7 p.m.