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Viniard Eclipses 2,000 Assists, Saints Fall To Rival Eagles On Road

Viniard Eclipses 2,000 Assists, Saints Fall To Rival Eagles On Road

FREDERICKSBURG, Va. - The Marymount University women's volleyball team had a rematch of the NCAA first-round match from last season on Wednesday night, falling to the University of Mary Washington, 3-0 (25-22, 25-13, 25-16).

The first set played close throughout, including several stretches where the Saints had at least a three-point advantage. Late in the game, a kill by junior Mykael Johnson gave MU a 21-19 lead, but a 6-1 run by the Eagles sealed up the set and a momentum that carried into the next two. 

The second game was controlled by UMW, taking a 25-13 decision to take a 2-0 lead in the match. However, the Saints held strong in the third set, looking to push the match to a fourth, remaining close midway through the game after a kill by freshman Sophie Meredith brough the Saints within two, 14-12. 

Unfortunately, the Eagles hit a seven-point stretch to take a commanding advantage that led to a 25-16 win in the third to take the match. 

Senior Theresa Buscemi dove out for a match-high 18 digs for the night, while Johnson had a team-high 14 kills. Junior Maggie Viniard sent out 29 of the 31 assists for the Saints, as she eclipsed the 2,000 mark in her career with her 28th of the match. 

The Saints head to the Nation's capital this weekend for the annual Worthington Classic hosted by Gallaudet University. Their first two matches are set for Friday, September 27 against SUNY Cortland at 4 p.m., and Penn State Abington at 6 p.m.