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Saints sweep Knights to open Atlantic East play

Saints sweep Knights to open Atlantic East play

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Marymount University women's volleyball team opened Atlantic East Conference play on Wednesday night with a 3-0 sweep of Neumann University at the Converse Family Fieldhouse.

The Saints wasted little time in the first set, beginning on a 22-5 run, before going on to the 25-12 victory. The team dominated with a .444 hitting percentage and nine kills, while tallying five service aces.

Freshman Sarah Pham had two of the aces in the frame.

Marymount got off to another hot start in the second, with an 11-3 spurt, led by a kill and two aces from freshman Elissa Munsterman.

The Saints pushed the lead to 18-11, with three kills from junior Mykael Johnson, but the Knights responded to cut the lead to three, 18-15.

However, Marymount held strong for the 2-0 match lead, 25-20, capped by another Johnson kill.

Kills from Munsterman, sophomore Caylee Shelton, and junior Myah Cordrey helped the team take a 9-4 lead to open the third set. Cordrey added an ace to help cushion the advantage to 12-5.

Marymount grew its lead to 19-8, but the Knights fought back and cut the edge to only one, 23-22.

However, two kills from Cordrey closed out the match.

Cordrey led the team with eight kills in the contest, while Johnson and Shelton added six and five, respectively. Senior Theresa Buscemi led the defense with 10 digs, while junior Maggie Viniard had 17 assists.

The Saints will return to action on Saturday, October 19 in a tri-match at the Converse Family Fieldhouse with Atlantic East-foe Marywood University and Lebanon Valley College. Marymount will open the day against the Pacers, with the match set for 2 p.m.