Marlins Endure a Marathon on Final Day of Invite

Doneisha Hall. Photo by: Sammy Espejo - IG: @shotsbysamms
Doneisha Hall. Photo by: Sammy Espejo - IG: @shotsbysamms

Marlins Endure a Marathon on Final Day of Invite

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. -- The Virginia Wesleyan University volleyball team played for just under five hours on the final day of the Virginia Wesleyan Invitational, splitting with Marymount (Va.) and Goucher.

3-2 Loss to Marymount (Va.) (17-25, 25-18, 26-28, 25-15, 15-7)

The first half went the way of the match as both teams battled to a 13-all tie. The Marlins outscored the Saints 12-4 to close out the set with a 25-17 set win. Meghan Wood started the rally with five-straight service points. Six different Marlins contributed kills in the balanced effort.

Marymount led the duration of the second set due in large part to a .243 hitting percentage on 15 kills. The Saint defense held the Marlins to a .028 mark.

Virginia Wesleyan gained all the momentum in the third set, rallying from a 23-19 deficit. Kristina Scott started the rally when she finished off an Emilee Pierson assist. Allison Mackley then set up Elizabeth Britton to cut the deficit to two. An attack error, followed by a Dare Wright kill tied the contest at 23. Marymount regained the lead, 25-24, looking to serve for the set, but Amber Matalus finished off a kill to knot it at 25. A service error got the Saints back to set point, but Virginia Wesleyan ran off three-straight points to win the set. Britton's service ace capped off the victory.

Marymount ran out to an early 10-4 lead in the fourth set before the Marlins cut the gap to two, 13-11. The Saints scored eight of the next 10 points to go up 21-13, using the spurt to capture the win. The Saints scored the first nine points, and 10 of the first 11, in the fifth set to steal the win.

3-1 Victory over Goucher (20-25, 25-16, 25-19, 25-19)

The Marlins dropped the first set before winning the next three to finish the Virginia Wesleyan Invitational with a win. The Marlin defense held Goucher to just 19 kills in sets two through four, while limiting the guests to a hitting percentage under .132. The Gophers hit .385 in the first set on 13 kills.

Virginia Wesleyan collected 36 kills in the three set victories.

Doneisha Hall paced the Marlin offense, posting 15 kills on an impressive .424 hitting percentage. Meghan Wood tallied 20 assists while Mackley added 21 digs. Five different Marlins had at least five kills in the match.

Virginia Wesleyan (3-1) travels to Averett University on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. non-conference start.