SWARTHMORE, Pa. - The Marymount University women's volleyball team wrapped up its two-day trip to Swarthmore College on Saturday afternoon, falling to the University of Scranton and Messiah College.
Match 1: Scranton 3, Marymount 0
The Saints opened up with the Royals at Tarble Pavilion, dropping a 3-0 (25-16, 25-20, 27-25) decision.
A slow start to the match had MU falling behind in the match, 1-0, after a 25-16 game went in favor of Scranton. Although a tough attacking effort in the first two sets, the Saints remained close with the Royals through the second game, rallying from a 22-13 deficit with six-straight points. However, Scranton earned its last three points to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
In the third set, MU remained neck-and-neck with the Royals thoughout, even holding a one-point lead at 23-22. Needing extra points in the game after a kill by sophomore Caylee Shelton evened up the score at 25-25, Scranton recorded back-to-back kills to take the match, 27-25.
Match 2: Messiah 3, Marymount 2
Their final match of the day against the Falcons was as close of a match as you can possibly see in volleyball, with each set being two-point wins and going to extra points in three of the five games.
Trailing late in the first set, 22-17, the Saints answered with five-straight points to draw the game even. It was followed by two points for the Falcons before a kills by junior Myah Cordrey and a block by Shelton and Cordrey evened it up again at 24-24. However, back-to-back kills by Messiah gave it a 26-24 decision in set one.
The Falcons continued their momentum into the second game, in which they led for most of the set until another run for the Saints late gave them a one-point advantage, 22-21, following a kill by Shelton. Unfortunately, a 4-1 stretch for Messiah gave it a 25-23 win and a 2-0 advantage in the match.
The Saints weren't rattled after two tight losses in the first two sets, earning an extra-point win in the third set to extend the match. A kill by Johnson and a block by Johnson and junior Michaella Ulses put the Saints in the win column, 27-25.
With the momentum in Marymount's favor, it grabbed an early lead in the fourth and never let it go, grinding out a 25-23 win after a set-deciding kill by freshman Elissa Munsterman to send the match into a deciding set.
Messiah took the early lead and carried into the swapping of sides at 8-5. However, the Saints rallied with six-straight points to take a two-point advantage, 12-10, to force a Falcon timeout. Proving useful, Messiah answered with a four-point stretch to reclaim a 14-12 lead.
The Saints remained composed to draw it even with a kill by Cordrey and a Falcon attack error, but Messiah earned the final two points to take the 16-14 decision and match.
Johnson finished the match with a tied career-high 21 kills, while Shelton and Munsterman added 15 and 12, respectively. Viniard added 42 more assists to go with 18 digs and three service aces. Buscemi dove out for a match-high 27 digs, while Johnson recorded 13.
The Saints return to Atlantic East Conference play on Wednesday, October 16, hosting Neumann University in the Converse Family Fieldhouse. First serve is set for 7 p.m.