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Women's volleyball set for Atlantic East semifinal showdown with Marywood

Women's volleyball set for Atlantic East semifinal showdown with Marywood

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Marymount University women's volleyball team will host Marywood University in an Atlantic East Conference semifinal match on Thursday, November 7, with first serve set for 7 p.m.

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How we got here:

The Saints earned a first-round bye, as the No. 1 seed, in the Atlantic East tournament. They finished the season 6-0 in conference play and did not drop a set, in the process. Marymount enters the tournament on an eight-match winning streak, including four Atlantic East wins. The Saints come into the tournament leading the conference with 12.93 kills per match and 12.01 assists per match.

How they got here:

Marywood finished the regular season with a 3-3 record in the Atlantic East, earning the No. 4 seed in the conference tournament. The Pacers downed fifth-seeded Gwynedd Mercy University in a first-round tournament match, 3-1, on Tuesday evening. Peri Sheerin led Marywood with 16 kills, while Jordan Vossler tallied 40 digs to lead the defense.

Last time we met:

Marymount hosted Marywood on Saturday, October 19 on Homecoming Weekend, sweeping the Pacers in three sets. Junior Mykael Johnson led the Saints with 17 kills in the match, on a .455 hitting percentage. She added a team-high five service aces and six digs. Senior Theresa Buscemi paced the team with 16 digs. As a team, the Saints hit for a .290 percentage.

Atlantic East history:

Since the start of the Atlantic East, last year, the Saints have defeated the Pacers in both meetings in the past two years. Last season, Marymount traveled to Scranton, Pa., for a 3-1 victory over the Pacers. Emily Abramaitys led the Saints with 11 kills, while Myah Cordrey added eight. Caylee Shelton led the team with six service aces, while Buscemi paced the defense with 10 digs.

Weekly excellence:

Junior Mykael Johnson has been a force for the Saints all season, having earning five Atlantic East Player of the Week awards. She currently leads the conference and the team with 428 kills, which is 40 more than the next closest amount. Johnson also leads the Atlantic East with 489.5 points on the season, averaging 4.71 points per set, which is second in the league. She also currently sits No. 3 on the team with 41 service aces and 275 digs, on the year.

What's next?

The winner of Thursday's semifinal match will advance to the Atlantic East championship match on Saturday, November 9. With a win, the Saints will host the winner of the other semifinal match between No. 2 Neumann University and No. 3 Cabrini University; the start time is to be determined.