Salem, Mass. – Brynn O'Neill (Danvers, Mass.) recorded a match-high 12 kills and added 10 digs as Salem State defeated Westfield State 3-1 (25-11, 14-25, 25-16, 25-17) on "Senior Night" in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) action on Wednesday evening at Twohig Gymnasium. The Vikings up their record to 13-8 and are now 5-1 in conference while the Owls slip to 7-13 and 4-2 in the MASCAC.
Salem State opened up set one on a 5-0 run off the serve of Morgan Adams (Scotia, N.Y.). The lead increased to 10-2 as the Owls hit poorly (-.200) to start the game. The Vikings pushed towards a double-digit lead after another error by the Owls made the score 14-4. The margin grew to 20-9 following a kill by Adams before Salem State closed out the set with a 25-11 win.
Westfield State rebounded as three quick kills by Ashley Crowley (Billerica, Mass.) gave Westfield State a 5-3 lead. A kill by Severino pulled Salem State to within one at 10-9, but a 4-1 burst pushed the lead to 14-10. Three consecutive errors by the Vikings and a kill by Ainsley MacLeod (Hampden, Mass.) put Westfield State on top 20-13 before another kill by MacLeod and multiple hitting errors by Salem State gave the set to the Owls 25-14. Crowley and MacLeod combined for 10 kills in the set as Westfield State hit at a .257 clip compared to .089 by the Vikings.
The Vikings broke open a close third set building a 16-9 lead after a kill by Danielle Joseph (Waltham, Mass.). Three straight kills by O'Neill made the score 26-16 as the Vikings cruised to a 25-16 win. O'Neill finished with five kills as Salem State ended the set hitting .250.
Four straight points off the serve of Haley Reed (Goffstown, N.H.) provided Salem State with a 10-6 lead in set four. A kill by Natasha Belardo (Springfield, Mass.) and a hitting error pulled Westfield State to within 14-13. Reed and McDowell added a pair of kills each as the Vikings extended their lead to 19-13. Salem State was able to maintain their lead as consecutive kills by McDowell and one by Severino helped the Vikings clinch the match with a 25-17 win.
Chaisson contributed 23 digs while Adams finished with 32 assist for Salem State. McDowell ended the match with eight kills and seven digs for the Vikings.
--courtesy Salem State sports info