Marlins Sweep Matches on Opening Day of Tourney

Marlins Sweep Matches on Opening Day of Tourney

Marlins Sweep Matches on Opening Day of Tourney

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- The Virginia Wesleyan College volleyball team got off to a hot start at its host tournament on Friday, defeating Rivier University 3-1 before downing Misericordia University 3-0.

The Marlins battled every game with Rivier, taking the first game 25-22 before dropping the second 24-26 and winning the third 26-24. The fourth game was not as close thanks to a .414 hitting percentage by the Marlins. Tiffany Barrett led Virginia Wesleyan with 18 kills and a .310 hitting mark while adding 13 digs, one off the team high.

Kirstin Sessoms posted 27 assists while Emilee Pierson added 23 of her own. Allison Mackley led the team with 14 digs to go with nine kills.

Lauren Silverman had 15 kills for Rivier (0-1) in the loss.

The Marlins turned around and immediately faced Misericordia, defeating the Cougars 25-17, 25-18, 25-23.

The first two games looked to be all Virginia Wesleyan as the Marlins committed just seven attack errors en route to a 2-0 set lead. The third set was tied at 17, but multiple Cougar errors and kills from five different Marlins finished off the victory.

Virginia Wesleyan (2-1) hosts Wartburg College (2-0) Saturday at 10 a.m. before playing FDU-Florham (1-1) at 2 p.m.