VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (Women's Volleyball) – The Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College women's volleyball blazed through the competition on the second day of play at the 2017 United State Collegiate Athletic Association National Volleyball Tournament. SMWC went 3-0 as the team closed out pool play and started the single elimination portion of the competition. The Pomeroys went head-to-head with Pennsylvania State University – Fayette, Florida College, and Carlow University.
Against the Penn State – Fayette Roaring Lions, SMWC won the match in two sets with scores of 25-14 and 25-6.
As a team, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College finished the match with 29 kills, 27 assists and eight digs.
For PSU-Fayette, the leaders were Siteri Tale with three kills and Machaela Hall with five assists.
Collectively, the team finished with six kills, five assists, and 25 digs.
In the match with Florida College, SMWC was taken to the brink by the Falcons but was able to win the match, 2-1, with set scores of (12-25), 25-19 and 15-9.
The leader for the Pomeroys was Monica Mack with six kills and three blocks. Cotter accounted for 15 assists and three service aces. The defense was led by Kumpf and Madeline Howes with four digs each.
SMWC finished the match with 19 kills, 15 assists, and 17 digs.
Victoria Truehart was the leader for FC with 11 kills. She was followed by Rachel Tharp with nine and Abigail Hodges with eight. Baylee Gunter was the assist leader with 25 while Elisa Lemerond led the defense with eight digs.
Together, the Falcons finished with 35 kills, 30 assists, and 25 kills.
In the last match of the day and the team's first bracket match, Saint Mary-of-the-Woods College made quick work of Carlow in three sets with scores of 25-12, 25-21, and 25-10.
Mack and Kumpf joined forces to lead the Pomeroys with nine kills each. Not to be outdone, Slagle contributed six kills. The assist leader was Cotter with 27 while Howes manned the defense with 16 digs. Kumpf added 10 digs.
Collectively, SMWC finished the match with 36 kills, 31 assists, and 41 digs.
The Celtics were led by Kristine Hudock with eight kills. Michaela Koran was the assist leader with 16. Mia Marmion led the defense with 10 digs.
As a team, Carlow finished the match with 21 kills, 20 assists, and 30 digs.
With their remarkable play, the Pomeroys advance to the semi-final round of the tournament and will play the University of Maine – Fort Kent tomorrow at 10 a.m.
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