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Saints take down Royals, Eagles in tri-match

Saints take down Royals, Eagles in tri-match

BRIDGEWATER, Va. – The Marymount University women's volleyball team closed out its regular season with two victories over Eastern Mennonite University, 3-1, and Bridgewater (Va.) College, 3-2, in a tri-match at Bridgewater on Saturday.

Marymount 3, Eastern Mennonite 1

The Saints got off to a hot start with a 6-0 run to open the match, led by three kills from junior Mykael Johnson.

The Saints maintained control in the set, pushing the lead to double-digits, 15-5, before a 25-12 victory. The team hit a blistering .400 percentage in the first frame.

The Royals tied the match in the second set. After the score was tied, 11-11, EMU used a 14-5 run to close the set.

Marymount got back on track with kills from junior Myah Cordrey and freshman Elissa Munsterman to help take a 4-2 lead in the third set. Despite the early lead, the set would remain close throughout.

The Royals took a late, 21-20 lead, but two kills, each, from Cordrey and Johnson powered the Saints to a 2-1 lead in the match.

Junior Michaella Ulses put down a kill to cap a 5-1 run to open the fourth set, as Marymount grabbed the early edge.

The Saints' lead again reached double-figures at 18-8, and two kills from Munsterman pushed the advantage to 21-12.

Eastern Mennonite fought back to cut its deficit to five, 22-17, but kills from sophomore Caylee Shelton and Johnson, followed by a service ace from Cordrey took the win for the Saints.

Johnson led the way with 14 kills, while Cordrey added 12. Senior Theresa Buscemi paced the defense with 19 digs, while junior Maggie Viniard tallied 41 assists.

Marymount 3, Bridgewater 2

The Eagles took the first two sets, putting the Saints in a 2-0 hole in the match, but Marymount came roaring back for three-straight set wins.

Johnson put down four kills in a 7-1 opening run in the third set to get the offense rolling.

Bridgewater cut the lead to 8-6, but four kills from junior Alexa Marcum and another from Johnson rebuilt the Saints' advantage, 16-8. Marcum added two more kills, as the Saints took a 25-15 win.

Kills from Cordrey, Munsterman, and Marcum got the team off to another quick start in the fourth, 5-1.

Marymount led the rest of the way, in order to tie the match, as another Marcum kill pushed the lead to 10, 19-9. She added one more kill in the set for the final point in the 25-18 victory.

The Saints wasted little time in the final frame, taking a 9-4 lead, with two kills, each, from Johnson and Marcum.

Marcum finished with a team-high 16 kills in the match and added her final two in the end of the fifth to help complete the comeback.

Four Saints hit double-digit kills in the match, as Johnson put down 13, and Cordrey and Munsterman, each, had 12.

Viniard notched 54 assists to keep the offense moving, while Buscemi led the defense with 25 digs. Viniard and Johnson, each, tallied 11 digs for the double-doubles.

The Saints now look forward to the Atlantic East Conference tournament, and as the No. 1 seed, with a first-round bye, will host a semifinal matchup on Thursday, November 7 at the Converse Family Fieldhouse. The game time and opponent are to be determined.