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Saints Advance to Day Two of NCAA Tournament

Photo by: JD Cavrich
Photo by: JD Cavrich

(HUNTINGDON, Pa.) -  The Thomas More University women's volleyball team took game one of the NCAA Tournament, shutting out Pitt-Bradford, 3-0. The Saints won by scores of 25-17, 25-18, 25-9. With the win, the Saints move to 32-3 overall. 

  • The Saints advanced to the second round for the sixth time in program history.
  • The last time the Saints have advanced past the first round was in 2014 then dating back to 1999, 1997, 1993, and 1992. 
  • In the first set, the Saints took a 9-2 run, hitting .872. 
  • Julia Popova (Sofia, Bulgaria / Beechwood) hit 1.000 in the first set with five kills.
  • The Saints came back from being down 9-2 in the second set to take the 25-18 win.
  • Thomas More kept the momentum from set two into set three going up 21-5, eventually getting the 25-9 win. 
  • Popova led the game with 16 kills and zero errors, hitting .842.
  • Jenna Fessler (Fort Mitchell, Ky. / Beechwood) recorded 39 assists for the game-high, along with three service aces, two kills, one dig, and two blocks.
  • Emily Mohs (Cincinnati, Ohio / Seton) had the second highest on the team with 13 kills, along with one dig and one block. 
  • Jenna Mummert (Batavia, Ohio / Clermont Northeastern) put up eight kills, along with one dig and three blocks. 
  • Jessica Ginn (Cincinnati, Ohio / Seton) posted the game-high 19 digs, along with one service ace. 
  • The Saints had the advantage with 45-21 kills, 40-19 assists, 49-41 digs. 
  • Thomas More ended the game with a .324 hitting percentage to Pitt-Bradford's .010.

  • The Saints will advance to day two of the tournament, taking on Christopher Newport, who knocked the Saints out in round one of the tournament last year. 
  • The game is set to start at 2:30 p.m.