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Volleyball Struck Down in First Round

Senior Allyssa Blackburn leaps to hit the ball. Blackburn had 76 digs across the season, the fifth most on the team. (Photo By Brendan O’Hara)
Senior Allyssa Blackburn leaps to hit the ball. Blackburn had 76 digs across the season, the fifth most on the team. (Photo By Brendan O’Hara)

Following a strong season in the Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) this semester, the SMCM women’s volleyball made it to the first round of the CAC Championship on November 3 before falling to York College in a 1-3 set spread.

The St. Mary’s Seahawks entered the tournament with a 4-win, 4-loss conference record to face off against York College of Pennsylvania, fourth in the conference with a 5-3 spread.

After showing a strong performance during the season with an 18-13 overall spread and 10 out of 14 games won at home, St. Mary’s needed a win against YCP to advance to the semifinals against Salisbury University.

The Seahawks began the tournament with a win in the first set, defeating the Spartans in a closely-scored match, 26-24.

Unfortunately, this win was not enough to carry the team through the match, as the next three sets were taken by York to win the game 3-1, with individual scores of 19-25, 18-25, and 21-25.

In the final set, the teams were matched 16-16 until York made their first point-leading score since the first smash, bringing the teams to a 17-16 standoff that ended with a loss for the Seahawks.

York College went on to face Salisbury University in the semifinals, losing to the Sea Gulls 2-3 in an impressive conference finish against the top seeded team.

While St. Mary’s volleyball season comes to a close, the team will be playing just as hard next season in August, ready to take on the CAC again next fall.

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