Volleyball Opens Season with Win over St. Catherine

Volleyball Opens Season with Win over St. Catherine

Volleyball Opens Season with Win over St. Catherine

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- The Virginia Wesleyan University volleyball team opened the 2017 season with a win in the Virginia Wesleyan Invitational, defeating St. Catherine 25-23, 25-15, 25-15 on Friday afternoon.

The two squads went back and forth in the first set with neither team taking much of an advantage as the score was tied at 23 after a St. Catherine attack error got the ball back to the Marlins who sent Alyssa Taylor to the service line.

Emilee Pierson found Kristina Scott for the kill on the next point to set up set point and excite the crowd. Taylor rode that momentum with a service ace to put the first set away.

Virginia Wesleyan kept the pressure on St. Catherine as the young visiting squad struggled to rebound from a tough first set.

The Marlins won the first five points of the second set, and led 9-1 after consecutive setting errors from SCU. Doneisha Hall had two service aces while Scott and Dare Wright had two kills each in the spurt.

Virginia Wesleyan led 21-9, in large part to a defensive effort that held St. Catherine to a .051 hitting percentage in the second. SCU started a rally, scoring six of the next eight points to pull within 23-15. The Marlins scored the final two points in this set as well as kills by Amber Matalus and Elizabeth Britton earned a second set win.

The Marlins jumped out to another big lead, 6-1, in the third on three SCU errors, another Hall service ace, and kills by Scott and Matalus. Virginia Wesleyan commanded a large lead the duration of the third set as St. Catherine trailed by at least eight points for the majority of the contest.

Virginia Wesleyan got a tremendous third-set effort from Meghan Wood who had six of her 11 assists in the game.

Scott led the Marlins with 10 kills while Pierson paced the squad in digs, 19, and assists, 13.

Mackenzie Peper led St. Catherine (0-1) with nine kills while Meagan Schwarzrock contributed 12 assists to go with 18 digs from Payton Baker.

Virginia Wesleyan (1-0) will face Benedictine (Ill.) (0-0) at 7 p.m. in the final match of the day.