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Volleyball Takes Two at Swarthmore Garnet Classic

Monday, September 13, 2010
Swarthmore, Pa. – Marymount University’s volleyball team split its four matches at the Swarthmore Garnet Classic over the weekend. The Saints dropped a pair of tough first day matches to Cabrini and the host Garnet before sweeping the second day with shutouts over Albright and Wesley.

Sophomore outside hitter Sharda Braxton earned All-Tournament honors after averaging 3.15 kills and 1.54 digs per set over the weekend. She notched double-figure kills in three of the Saints’ four matches including 13 against Albright, 12 versus Cabrini and 11 against Wesley.

Also impressive for the Saints were fellow outside hitter Johanna Hummel and senior libero Chelsea Gates. Hummel averaged a team-best 3.38 kills per frame during the tournament, including 18 against Cabrini and 11 versus Albright, while Gates collected 65 digs on the weekend to average 5.0 a stanza.

Marymount opened the tournament with a hard-fought 3-1 (25-14, 24-26, 25-20, 25-21) loss to Cabrini. Evening the match after two, the Saints couldn’t complete the comeback despite putting together their best hitting performance in the third stanza and matching their match-high in kills with 12 in the fourth frame.

Facing host Swarthmore later in the night, the Saints fell 3-0 (25-7, 25-16, 25-23). Hummel led the way with eight kills in the match while Michelle McCormick added seven without committing a hitting error to go with 11 digs.

Regrouping the next day, Marymount put another notch in the win column with a 3-0 (25-18, 25-17, 25-23) sweep over Albright. Braxton and Hummel each notched double-digit kills with 13 and 11, respectively, while McCormick and Gates paced the defense with 14 digs apiece.

Wrapping up the tournament, the Saints took down Capital Athletic Conference foe Wesley 3-0 (25-14, 25-15, 25-18) in non-league action. Braxton notched 11 kills at a .333 attack percentage while Hummel added seven and Maria Shockman chipped in six at a hot .556 clip.

Marymount returns to action on Thursday, September 16, as it opens CAC play on the road at Stevenson at 7 p.m.