Knight wins 300th match as Sea Gulls take two at CNU Invitational


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NEWPORT NEWS, Va. -- The Salisbury University volleyball team collected a pair of wins Friday afternoon at one of the toughest tournaments in the country, taking down Randolph-Macon College in five sets and sweeping the University of Mary Washington in three, at the CNU Invitational hosted by Christopher Newport University. The wins allowed coach Margie Knight to reach 300 for her career.

"Being able to get to 300 wins anywhere is a real privilege," Knight said following the milestone-clinching victory. "I have had many great players over the years that have given me a chance to get 300 wins as a coach."

Salisbury (19-2, 4-0 Capital Athletic Conference) got Knight within one win of the milestone with a 28-26, 25-23, 21-25, 20-25, 15-13 win against Randolph-Macon. The Gulls were led by senior libero Gabby Long's (Bel Air, Md.) 38-dig performance. The mark was two digs shy of a career-high for the senior.

Junior outside hitter Lexy Fitzkee (Fallston, Md.) added a career-best 22 digs while senior outside hitter Rachel Downes (Salisbury, Md.) was good for 16 digs, and the pair added 15 kills apiece. Junior outside hitter Melissa Stansbury (Eldersburg, Md.) added 15 digs while senior middle hitter Nicole Massarelli (Clarksville, Md.) had 13 kills to go with six assist blocks and two solo blocks.

The Sea Gulls topped Mary Washington (15-6, 4-1 CAC) in a non-conference match, 25-6, 25-20, 25-20 to push Knight to win No. 300.

"We played very well against Mary Washington," said Knight, who is now 300-152 in her 13 seasons coaching the Sea Gulls.

Long again came up big, contributing 22 digs in the UMW match while Downes added eight kills and 12 digs. Freshman setter Carley Todd (Centerport, N.Y.) had 18 assists to go with three solo blocks and a pair of assist blocks. Fitzkee posted a team-high 10 kills in the nightcap while Stansbury had 13 digs.

The Sea Gulls will close out the CNU Invitational Saturday with matches at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Salisbury will take on No. 2 Juniata College first, before closing out play with the tournament host.


Article courtesy of Salisbury Athletics

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