Volleyball Earns Victory in Marathon Match
ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. -- The Virginia Wesleyan University volleyball team captured a five-set victory over St. Mary's (Md.) College on Thursday night in a match that lasted just over two hours. The Marlins defeated St. Mary's 30-32, 25-15, 25-23, 20-25, 15-12.
St. Mary's led for much of the first set, holding a 24-21 lead and attempt to serve out for the set. Amber Matalus posted a block to side out for the Marlins. She then stepped to the service line where a kill by Doneisha Hall and a Seahawk attack error tied the contest. Matalus served an ace on the next point to give VWU a 25-24 lead, but St. Mary's rallied back with a block and kill to go up 26-25.
The two teams went back and forth with both have multiple set points. Virginia Wesleyan led 30-29 when an attack error by the Marlins evened it back to 30-all. Hannah Krauss registered a kill to put the hosts up 31-30, before a bad set by the Marlins ended the set.
The second set belonged to the Marlins as VWU led the entire set. Virginia Wesleyan led by just 14-12 midway through the set, but the guests closed on an 11-3 run to even the match at a set a piece.
The third set went back and forth again as neither team was able to take larger than a three point lead. St. Mary's held a narrow 23-21 lead, looking to collect two more points to swing the set momentum back to the home crowd. The Marlins responded with a 4-0 run though to deflate the hopes of the Seahawks. A service error started the rally before two attack errors put the Marlins up 24-23. A Dare Wright kill ended the set.
The fourth set was about runs as both teams would go on spurts, looking to either even the sets at two or clinch a match victory.
Leading 19-15, St. Mary's went on a 4-0 run that proved to be critical in winning the fourth set. The Seahawks needed every bit of the eight-point lead as the Marlins went on a 5-0 run to cut the lead to 23-20. St. Mary's was forced to call a timeout to settle its energy after the VWU run, and the break worked as the Seahawks won the next two points for force a fifth set.
Virginia Wesleyan led most of the fifth set, but St. Mary's never went away, trailing by no more than four points.
The Marlins led 13-10 after a Hall kill on a Meghan Wood assist. St. Mary's responded with a kill and a VWU error to pull within a point, 13-12.
Kelley led St. Mary's (3-21) with 25 kills and 18 digs as Mia Griffiths tallied 44 assists.
Topper finished with a career-high 18 kills as Matalus added 11 kills, 24 digs, and five service aces.
Virginia Wesleyan (17-9) host Salisbury University Friday at 6 p.m. It will be Senior Night for the Marlins as the squad recognizes the class of 2018.