ARLINGTON, Va. - The Marymount University women's volleyball team hosted a trimatch on Saturday afternoon in celebration of not just Homecoming Weekend, but Senior Day for three Saints. The celebration included two victories along with moving to 4-0 in Atlantic East Conference play.
Match 1: Marymount 3, Marywood 0
Prior to the three-set match, the Saints honored the careers of seniors Alana Ball, Miranda Cooksey and Theresa Buscemi. The emotions stayed high as they went into the start of the match, cruising past the Pacers, 3-0 (25-14, 25-15, 25-20), to move to 4-0 in league play and atop the standings.
Led by the power of junior Mykael Johnson with a match-high 17 kills on a .455 hitting percentage, the Saints bolstered 38 kills in the three sets for a team .290 percentage. More impressively, the offense seemed more dictated by the service, landing 14 aces led by Johnson with five.
On her senior day, Buscemi led the way defensively with a match-high 16 digs. Cooksey contributed seven kills on a .400, while Ball sent out nine assists and dove out for five digs.
Match 2: Marymount 3, Lebanon Valley 1
A short break followed with a four-set match against the Flying Dutchmen, as the Saints battled to a 3-1 (25-12, 25-22, 26-28, 25-18) decision.
Marymount set the tone early in the match, bolstering a 25-12 first set on 14 kills and just three attack errors. The pinpoint accuracy kept the momentum alive in the second game, as they battled out a closer set, 25-22, after kills by Johnson and junior Michaella Ulses wrapped up a 2-0 lead.
Looking for the sweep wasn't so easy against the Dutchmen, never falling behind to the Saints by more than four points in the third set. Down the stretch, LVC got out of three match-point scenarios and answered with three-straight points to send the match to a fourth set, 28-26.
An attempt at a sway in momentum for the Dutchmen was a failure, as the Saints came out fired up in the fourth to roll to a 25-18 final and end the match. A six-point stretch to open the game had MU never looking back, and ended it all with a kill by junior Myah Cordrey from Ball.
Johnson led the offense with 17 more attacks in the match, while sophomore Caylee Shelton (12), Cordrey (11) and Ulses (10) each added double figures. Junior Maggie Viniard sent out a match-high 47 assists, while Buscemi dove out for 22 digs and junior Jasmine Roy added 17.
The Saints remain out home for another non-conference tilt on Tuesday, October 22, hosting Stevenson University in the Converse Family Fieldhouse. Start time is set for 7 p.m.