THOUSAND OAKS, Calif. – The Marymount University men's volleyball team opened its season at California Lutheran University on Wednesday, falling in a 3-1 decision.
The Kingsmen came back to take the lead, 12-8, but the Saints kept it close, never falling behind by more than five, until the final point. Cal Lutheran took the first set, 25-19.
The Kingsmen took the first lead in the second set and built their advantage, early, to 10-5.
They continued to control the frame, moving to a 2-0, match, lead, with a 25-14 second set.
The third set opened with a close battle between the teams, with the Saints holding a slight, 11-10, lead, before going on a, 9-4, run to open their advantage. Sophomore Miles Olson tallied two kills in the spurt, while senior Joseph Zanelotti and Safley, each, notched one.
Tarasi put down two more kills in the final points, before Safley and sophomore Jason Perkins got up for back-to-back blocks to secure a 25-16 win for the Saints.
In another close set, the Kingsmen jumped out to a 3-1 lead, but kills from Tarasi and Safley helped the Saints tie the frame, 4-4.
Marymount continued to keep it close, as Cal Lutheran never led by more than three points, and Olson tallied the kill to tie the match, 25-25. However, the Kingsmen grabbed the last two points to take the match.
Tarasi finished with a match-high 19 kills, also marking a career high. Safley added 10 kills, while Zanelotti led with 41 assists, and sophomore Chris Manganiello paced the defense with 11 digs.
The Saints will continue their West-Coast trip on Friday, January 10 in the Slug Slam at University of California Santa Cruz, beginning the weekend tournament against Wells College at 3:30 p.m., Eastern Time.