VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. – The Virginia Wesleyan University volleyball team got its season going with a day one split at its home Virginia Wesleyan Tournament Friday afternoon. The team narrowly dropped its opening match to McMurry University, 3-2, before coming back to defeat Widener University, 3-0, a short while later. The Marlins are now 1-1 on the early season.
MATCH 1: McMURRY – 3 VWU – 2 (21-25, 25-17, 25-22, 22-25, 18-16)
It was an all out battle in the opener for both teams as the match went needed all five games to determine the winner. Three Marlins found themselves in double-digit kills at the match's conclusion including a team-high 15 from Elizabeth Britton which tied the junior's career high. Not far behind her was Kristian Scott (12) and Amber Matalus (11).
Setting duties predominately fell on Meghan Wood, who finished with 33 on the day which eclipsed her previous career high of 29 set back on Sept. 23 of last season.
Defense was a strong point for the Marlins as well, totaling 84 total digs including Britton's team-leading 22. At the net it was middle blocker Michaela Proffitt who assisted on a career-high seven blocks while also picking up a solo one.
MATCH 2: VWU – 3 WIDENER – 0 (25-21, 28-26, 25-14)
Despite a taxing first match, the Marlins were able to shut out the Pride in their second contest of the day. Matalus and Britton both chipped in 11 kills on the offensive end with Matalus accruing a kill percentage of .500.
Wood was the primary setter once again, notching 24 to bring her season total to 57 already.
Volleyball returns to the court at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday for its first match of day two of the Virginia Wesleyan Tournament.