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Johnson named to All-Tournament Team, as Saints close out Randolph-Macon Invitational

Johnson named to All-Tournament Team, as Saints close out Randolph-Macon Invitational

ASHTON, Va. – The Marymount University women's volleyball team closed out the Randolph-Macon College Invitational on Saturday, falling to Susquehanna University, 3-0, and Salisbury University, 3-2.

Susquehanna 3, Marymount 0

The River Hawks grabbed an early lead to start the match, but the Saints kept the score close. Kills from junior Mykael Johnson and freshman Sophie Meredith cut the lead to one, 6-5.

Susquehanna pushed its lead to 18-13 and held its edge until the Saints made a late push. Trailing 23-17, the Saints went on a 5-0 run to get back within one, capped by two kills from junior Myah Cordrey, but the River Hawks held on to take the final two points for the win.

Similar to the first, Susquehanna gained the early advantage and pushed its lead to 15-8 in the second set.

Two kills by Cordrey, sandwiching a service ace by Johnson, led a 5-1 spurt to cut into the deficit.

Cordrey added another kill to get the Saints within one point, 22-21, but the River Hawks again had the answer to take the 2-0 lead.

Freshman Elissa Munsterman put down a kill, and Johnson added another ace to help the Saints grab a 3-2 lead in the third set.

The teams continued to play a close frame, seeing the score tied 10-10. The River Hawks were able to regain a slight edge, but a balanced attack from the Saints, including kills from Munsterman, junior Michaella Ulses, Meredith, Cordrey, and Johnson kept the Saints within reach.

Junior Maggie Viniard used a service ace to tie the score, 20-20, but Susquehanna ended on a 5-2 run to take the match.

Cordrey led the team with nine kills, while Johnson and Meredith each tallied six. Viniard notched a double-double with 23 assists and 10 digs, while senior Theresa Buscemi led the team with 11 digs.

Salisbury 3, Marymount 2

The Saints and Sea Gulls battled back-and-forth for the entirety of the first set, with the Saints holding a slight lead for much of the frame.

A block by Cordrey and Ulses sparked a 3-0 spurt to take an 18-15 lead, which the Saints would continue to build to 21-17.

The Sea Gulls fought back to take a 23-22 lead, but kills from Viniard and Johnson flipped the lead back to the Saints. Needing extra points to take the first set, Munsterman and Johnson tallied kills for the 28-26 victory.

In the second set, the Sea Gulls were able to grab an early lead, 9-4, and did not look back. Trailing 20-12, the Saints made a late push with a 7-4 run, led by two kills, each, by Viniard and Johnson, but Salisbury held on to tie the match, 1-1.

The teams traded runs through the third set, with the Sea Gulls grabbing an, initial, 9-5 lead, but the Saints fought back to tie the score, 10-10.

Salisbury regained the lead, 16-13, but a 4-0 spurt for the Saints gave Marymount a 17-16 edge. Meredith and Ulses combined for a block to lead the run.

The Saints were able to hold on for the win, with Johnson putting down three kills in the late moments to take a 2-1 lead.

The Sea Gulls again used early momentum to take a 14-8 lead in the fourth set, eventually pushing the advantage to 19-13.

However, a kill from Munsterman and two from Meredith helped the Saints cut the deficit to 20-17.

Salisbury did not relent, taking the win and forcing the fifth set.

Munsterman tallied the first point with a kill, and the teams battled back-and-forth from there. Johnson put down a kill to grab a 9-8 edge for the Saints, but the Sea Gulls responded with a 7-2 run to close the set and take the match.

Johnson led the team with 21 kills in the match to tie a career high, as she was named to the All-Tournament Team for the weekend. She also had 11 digs for the double-double.

Meredith and Munsterman added 12 and 10 kills, respectively, while Buscemi led the defense with 27 digs. Viniard added 48 assists and 14 digs.

The Saints travel to Gettysburg College on Wednesday, September 11 next, with the match set for 7 p.m.