VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - The Virginia Wesleyan University volleyball team defended its home court once again as it took down Shenandoah, 3-1 (22-25, 25-21, 25-23, 25-16), Saturday morning in the Jane P. Batten Student Center. With the victory, the Marlins stay undefeated in conference play (2-0) while improving to 7-3 overall. Shenandoah moves to 4-8 on the season (0-2).
After dropping the first set, the Marlins used a quick five-point rally with Meghan Wood on the service line to start the second set. That propelled the squad to take the second set, evening the match up.
The third set was perhaps the most even as the teams went back and forth with no side able to pull away by more than four points. Tied at 22-22, Amber Matalus recorded back-to-back kills to get them within set point. Doneisha Hall then earned a kill to seal it up. In the fourth stanza, the Marlins controlled it entirely, using a 9-2 run to end the match,
After tying her career best in kills the contest before, Matalus bested it by one against the Hornets as she registered 17 on the day. The junior has been extremely efficient this year as her kill percentage (.388) tops the Old Dominion Athletic Conference.
Meghan Wood had a dominate game from the setter's position as she came away with a career-high 39 assists.
Defensively, the Marlins placed a healthy block on the Hornets all day. Hall came away with a pair of solo blocks as well as two block assists. Sydney Collins, who leads the squad in total blocks this year, notched three block assists.
In the back row, Alyssa Taylor also set a career high as she dug 22 balls on the day.
Volleyball returns to action at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday as the squad hosts Southern Virginia University for a bit of non-conference action.