SMCM Volleyball Enters Final Stretch of Season

The St. Mary’s College of Maryland (SMCM) volleyball team is entering the final third of their twenty-seven game season. They also just began their Capital Athletic Conference (CAC) schedule. So far on the season the Seahawks have accumulated a record of 5-13, 0-3 in conference. They have been averaging 9.11 assists per set,1.56 blocks per set, and 13.86 digs per set. 

One of the biggest wins this year for the Seahawks came early on in the season against Neumann College. This matchup took place on Sept. 7 at the Haverford Tournament, located at Haverford College. The Seahawks played Neumann very evenly as the two sides split the first four sets, sending them tied 2-2 heading into the fifth set. SMCM fell behind 13-12 in the fifth set, putting them just two points away from losing the whole match. However the Seahawks were able to hold off Neumann and tie the game at 14-14. They would go on to claim a 17-15 victory to win the entire match 3-2. Sophomore Chanel Lucas led the team with eleven kills, while junior Ellyese Sutliff, sophomore Erin Krauss, and first year Kyra Feinauer all had ten kills of their own. Senior Emily Benedict paced the way for the Seahawks with twenty-five digs and Sutliff, Lucas, and sophomore Fatima Bouzid all added ten digs a piece, according to smcmathletics.com. 

After the Neumann victory, SMCM took down Hood College on Sept. 14. The Seahawks dropped the first set in this match, but came roaring back, winning the final three sets to claim victory. Unfortunately after this, the Seahawks hit a rough patch in their schedule. They dropped five straight matches to Stevenson University, Union College (N.Y.), Wilson College, Mary Washington University, and York College of Pennsylvania. This streak would come to an end when they squared off against Gallaudet University on Oct. 4. 

This match began very back and forth as the Seahawks and Gallaudet were tied at six in the first set. SMCM would then go on a five point run to bring the score to 11-6. They did not really look back after that, winning the set 25-19. In the second set, SMCM carried their momentum and very handedly won 25-16. Although they dropped the third set 27-25, this would not deter the Seahawks. They came out strong in the fourth set, running out to a 20-9 lead. They would soon finish off the scoring and win by a score of 25-13. Sutliff led the way with fourteen kills and Bouzid finished second on the team with ten. Bouzid also had a team high twenty-eight assists on the day and once again Benedict led the Seahawks with twenty-nine digs, according to smcmathletics.com. 

So far on the season, Sutliff is leading the Seahawks with 148 kills, Lucas is second on the team with 111, and Feinauer is third, collecting 105. For assists, Bouzid has tallied 292 and junior Katie Agate has 190. Benedict has set the tone for the Seahawk defense, amassing 260 digs this season. 

Up next for the Seahawks will be Christopher Newport University on Oct. 9 and then Southern Virginia University and Washington and Lee University on Oct. 12.

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