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Volleyball Splits at Tri-Match

Saturday, September 18, 2010
Washington, D.C. – Marymount University’s volleyball team split of pair of contests at a tri-match hosted by local rival Catholic on Saturday. The Saints beat the host Cardinals 3-1 (25-17, 23-25, 25-19, 25-21) in the opener before falling to Franklin & Marshall 3-1 (25-17, 25-14, 21-25, 25-16) the following match.

Three Saints (4-7) tallied double-figure kills against Catholic, led by freshman Maria Shockman’s 13. Fellow rookie Johanna Hummel and sophomore Michelle McCormick added 10 each.

Shockman had a breakout performance, leading MU in kills while swinging at a sharp .370 clip. She added a team-high three blocks as the Saints set a season-best with six total team rejections.

McCormick recorded a double-double with 16 digs to go with her 10 kills. Brianne Fitzpatrick joined her for the team lead with a season-high 16 digs as well while Chelsea Gates chimed in with 15.

Sharda Braxton and Melissa Warren both narrowly missed out on double-doubles too. Braxton logged nine kills and digs each while Warren had nine digs to go with 41 assists.

Marymount dominated the Cardinals from the service line, earning 15 aces as a team. Gates contributed eight on her own while Braxton was good for four. Gates set the tone in the opening set with 11-straight serves that culminated in four aces and bookended her performance by breaking open a 13-13 tie in the fourth set with three aces in five service attempts.

The Saints had little time to regroup for the second match against a fresh Franklin & Marshall squad.

Hummel paced MU with 13 kills while Braxton had seven and McCormick added six.

Defensively, McCormick collected 24 digs while Gates chipped in with 22 and Braxton had 10. Although they didn’t fill up the stat sheet, Amanda Dunn and Courtny Carroll both made solid contributions off the bench to help control the Diplomats’ tough serving and back court ball control.

Marymount returns to Capital Athletic Conference action on Wednesday, September 22, as it hosts St. Mary’s (Md.) at 7 p.m.