WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Marymount University women's volleyball team split in the final day of the Worthington Classic on Saturday, sweeping the host Bison and advancing to the championship match where it slipped to Christopher Newport University in a four-set match.
Marymount 3, Gallaudet 0
A great start to the day had the Saints rolling through the Bison in straight sets, opening with a blistering 25-7 win in the first set. For the match, MU hit .329 as a team including a .571 in set one and a .464 in set three for a total of just three attack errors through those two games.
The pin-point accuracy was led by junior Mykael Johnson with 13 kills and just one error for a .667 hitting percentage. Freshman Elissa Munsterman hit .500 and junior Michaella Ulses hit .400, as the two laid down for five kills each, and freshman Sophie Meredith added seven.
Christopher Newport 3, Marymount 1
The win over the Bison moved the Saints into the championship match between the only two teams that had a perfect 3-0 record in the tournament, a rematch of an early-season match between MU and the Captains.
When the Captains were nationally ranked at the beginning of the season, the Saints fell in three sets. On Saturday, Marymount came out hot with 16 kills on a .306 hitting percentage in the first set to take a 25-16 victory and a 1-0 advantage in the match.
The Saints never trailed in the first game, opening with four-straight points including two kills by Johnson. The set ended in similar fashion with a 5-0 run with a kill by Meredith, two service aces by freshman Sarah Pham and another kill by Johnson.
The next three sets were battles between the two squads, but each fell into the favor of the Captains to take the 3-1 decision.
Junior Maggie Viniard commanded the offense with 37 assists while diving out for 13 digs for a double-double. She was joined by Johnson with another double-double with 13 kills and 14 digs. Buscemi led the dig category with 15, and Meredith laid down 13 kills with Johnson for a team-high. Junior Jasmine Roy had a double-digit dig match with 14 as well.
Viniard and Johnson were both named to the All-Tournament team.
The Saints open up Atlantic East Conference play next week with Immaculata University on Tuesday, October 1. Start time is set for 7 p.m., in Pennsylvania.