Marlin Magic! Volleyball Rallies for Five Set Win

Allison Mackley finished with 24 digs and four assists. Photo by: Kevin Duffy
Allison Mackley finished with 24 digs and four assists. Photo by: Kevin Duffy

Marlin Magic! Volleyball Rallies for Five Set Win

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – For the second-straight day, the Virginia Wesleyan University volleyball rallied for a five-set victory. The Marlins downed William Peace by a score of 25-16, 15-25, 22-25, 25-22, 15-10.

The Marlins rolled to a first-set win before William Peace answered with an easy second-set victory to even the match at one set apiece.

The Pacers led throughout the third set as well, despite a late Marlin rally that brought the score within two, 24-22, on a kill by Amber Matalus. Sha'Nice Frazier registered a kill on the next point to claim the set for WPU.

William Peace led the fourth set 13-12, looking to finish off a tired Marlin squad that endured a five-set marathon just the night before. The Marlins persevered, going on a 5-1 run to take a 17-14 lead. William Peace attempted a rally, cutting the deficit to one point, but VWU scored the next three to go ahead 20-16.

The Pacers tried to come back late in the second, cutting it to two points on several occasions, but an Elizabeth Britton kill and Pacer attack error secured the win for the Marlins and forced the decisive fifth set.

Each team made a short run at the beginning of the fifth set, resulting in a 7-7 tie. Another Britton kill put the Marlins up 8-7 as the squads changed benches. Britton went back to serve after the switch of sides, forcing two William Peace attack errors to put the Marlins up 10-7. The Pacers could get no closer than two the rest of the way.

Leading 13-10, the Marlins received kills from Doneisha Hall and Dare Wright to put the contest away.

Liana Solomon finished with 34 assists and 20 digs for William Peace (8-12).

Britton tallied 15 kills for the Marlins while Emilee Pierson tallied 27 assists and 25 digs.

Virginia Wesleyan (11-6/5-1) will face Hollins University (5-12/0-6) Saturday for ODAC action at 11 a.m. as part of Homecoming Weekend.