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Johnson ties career high, leads Saints past Pacers and into Atlantic East title match

Johnson ties career high, leads Saints past Pacers and into Atlantic East title match

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Marymount University women's volleyball team punched its ticket to the Atlantic East Conference championship game on Thursday night, defeating Marywood University, 3-1, in a conference tournament semifinal matchup.

In a hard-fought match, the Saints fell in an early, 3-0, hole, but came back to take the lead, 9-6, with two service aces from junior Myah Cordrey and a kill from freshman Elissa Munsterman.

Junior Mykael Johnson put down five kills in the remainder of the first set, as the Saints continued to hold a slight lead over the Pacers.

Marywood cut the Saints lead to one, 17-16, but three of Johnson's kills led an 8-3 closing run for Marymount. Johnson capped the set with a service ace to take the 1-0 lead.

In another close set, it was Marywood that would find late success to tie the match. Marymount held an 18-16 lead late in the second set, but the Pacers came back with a 9-1 run to take the frame.

The Pacers jumped out to a 12-8 lead in the third set, but Johnson tallied another kill to spark the Saints. She notched 10 kills in the frame, as she tied her career high with 27 in the match.

Marymount came back with a 12-4 stretch to take a 20-16 lead. From there, four Johnson kills helped cap the set and take a 2-1 lead in the match.

The teams continued their battle in the final frame, with the Saints hold a slight, 14-13 edge. However, two kills and an ace from Munsterman, along with kills from Cordrey and junior Maggie Viniard, boosted the Saints to a 22-14 lead.

Cordrey added another kill in the final moments, before Johnson tallied her final kill to secure the victory.

Johnson finished the match with a double-double, adding 11 digs, which tied with senior Theresa Buscemi for the team lead. Viniard tallied 53 assists in the match, while Johnson and Cordrey, each, had three aces.

The top-seeded Saints will now get set to host second-seeded Neumann University in the Atlantic East championship game on Saturday, November 9; the game time is to be determined. Log on to www.marymountsaints.com for more information, as it becomes available.