WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Marymount University women's volleyball team began the Worthington Classic at Gallaudet University on Friday night, taking three-set sweeps over State University of New York at Cortland and Penn State University – Abington.
Marymount 3, Cortland St. 0
Marymount held control from there, with freshman Sophie Meredith tallying a kill to cap the set and take the 1-0 lead.
Cortland jumped out to a 3-0 edge in the second set, but four more kills from Johnson helped the Saints take the lead with a 7-1 run.
The Red Dragons fought back to take the lead, 16-15, and the teams traded points until Cortland led 19-18.
Kills from Meredith and freshman Elissa Munsterman flipped the lead again in the Saints' favor, 21-19. The pair, each, added one more kill in the set, before senior Theresa Buscemi notched a service ace, as the team took the set, 25-22, for the two-set lead.
After falling behind, 4-1, in the third set, the Saints responded with a 12-4 spurt to grab the lead for good. Kills from Munsterman, junior Myah Cordrey, and Meredith led the way, while Cordrey added a second kill to further the lead.
Johnson tallied two kills to keep the Saints ahead, 16-12, as she led the team with 16 in the match.
The Red Dragons came back to cut the lead to 21-20, but the Saints finished on a 4-0 run to take the match. Cordrey and junior Alexa Marcum put down kills to help seal the match.
Marymount 3, Penn State Abington 0
Marymount took the early lead in the match, 10-4, with the opening run capped with a kill by Munsterman.
The Saints did not look back from there, continuing to push the lead, before taking the set, 25-15.
The Saints led for the majority of the match, with three kills from Meredith leading the way.
The Nittany Lions were able to tie the set, 17-17, but an 8-4 closing run for the Saints grabbed the 2-0 edge in the match.
Macenka notched two kills to begin the third set, before a block by Ulses and Cooksey capped a 5-1 run.
Marymount pushed its lead to 10-5, with a kill from Ulses and an ace by Roy.
Freshman Alexis Franklin put down a kill to take an 18-11 edge, before the Nittany Lions fought back with a 7-1 run to cut the Saints lead to one.
However, four kills from Shelton led a 6-1 closing run to take the match.
Shelton led the team with 10 kills in the match, while Merritt tallied 23 assists. Senior Alana Ball led the defense with nine digs.
The Saints will continue the Worthington Classic on Saturday, September 28 against Gallaudet, with the match set for 12 p.m.