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Saints down Wasps, Avenging Angels to finish Sets 4 Vets Tournament undefeated

Saints down Wasps, Avenging Angels to finish Sets 4 Vets Tournament undefeated

ARLINGTON, Va. – The Marymount University women's volleyball team played the final day of its Sets 4 Vets Tournament on Saturday, defeating Emory & Henry College, 3-0, and Meredith College, 3-1, in the Converse Family Fieldhouse to finish the weekend undefeated and be named tournament champions.

Marymount 3, Emory & Henry 0

The Saints came out hot and took control with 25-12 and 25-9 wins in the first-two sets.

Junior Mykael Johnson tallied a kill and two service aces, while junior Michaella Ulses put down two kills, as the Saints opened the first set on a 10-2 run.

Marymount continued to build the lead, as junior Myah Cordrey ripped off four-straight service aces to bring the lead to 17-5.

Freshman Sophie Meredith closed things out with a kill for the 1-0 lead.

Leading 4-2 in the second set, junior Savannah Merritt notched two aces, while Ulses and Meredith, each, put down two kills to bump the lead up to eight, 10-2.

The Saints didn't look back from there, ending the set on a 15-7 run to take the 2-0 lead in the match.

The Wasps fought back in the third, taking an early lead, 10-9, but a 9-3 run for the Saints regained the advantage for Marymount.

Freshman Rachel Macenka and Johnson combined for a block to tie the score, 10-10. Macenka added a kill in the run, while Johnson and junior Jasmine Roy notched aces.

Emory & Henry came back to tie the score, 19-19, but kills from Ulses and Johnson put Marymount back in front by two. Johnson capped the match with a kill to take the win.

Johnson led the team with nine kills, while Ulses added eight and Meredith put down seven. Roy and Johnson tied for a team-high eight digs, while junior Maggie Viniard tallied 15 assists.

Marymount 3, Meredith 1

The Saints and Avenging Angels saw a tight battle through the first-three sets, with the Saints taking the first, 25-22.

Ulses notched a kill, as the Saints grabbed a 14-11 lead in the set. The Angels fought back to tie the score, 20-20, but freshman Elissa Munsterman regained the lead with a kill.

Two-straight aces from senior Theresa Buscemi closed the set for the 1-0 lead.

The Angels came back in the second set to tie the match, after taking a 16-11 lead. They continued to hold their advantage to the 25-19 win.

The Avenging Angels opened the third on a 4-1 run, but two kills from Meredith opened a 10-3 run to flip the lead in the Saints' favor.

Kills from Johnson, Munsterman, and Meredith help the Saints hold their lead to 19-16, but the Angels were able to tie the score, 20-20.

However, a kill from Roy sparked a 5-2 closing spurt to regain a 2-1 edge in the match. Ulses capped the win with a kill.

The teams began the fourth set like the others, in a close battle, as the Saints held a slight, 8-7 lead, but kills from Johnson and Munsterman got the Saints going on a 17-4 run to close the match.

Johnson tallied three-more kills in the span, while Roy added an ace.

Munsterman put down her final kill to close the match.

Johnson, again, led the way with 12 kills, while Meredith and Munsterman, each, added 11.

Buscemi led the defense with 26 digs, while Viniard kept the offense rolling with 38 assists.

For their efforts on the weekend, Buscemi, Viniard, and Cordrey were named to the All-Tournament Team.

The Saints will return to action on Wednesday, September 25 at the University of Mary Washington; the match is set for 7 p.m.