For The Dialog
MILL CREEK – Wilmington Friends spoiled St. Mark’s volleyball home opener with a 3-0 sweep Thursday afternoon. The scores were 28-26, 25-15 and 25-11.
The Quakers jumped out to a 17-11 in the first set, but St. Mark’s, behind the service aces of freshman Grace Sawyer, scored seven straight to take an 18-17 advantage. Friends rebounded to go up, 24-21, but the Spartans fought off several set points to stay in it, but Friends prevailed.
The second and third sets were not as close, as Friends got contributions from all six positions to pull away from the young Spartans.
In the final set, the Quakers trailed, 7-6, before they reeled off 13 straight points while sophomore Alyssa Nathan held the serve. She added three aces during that run and finished with 12 for the match to go along with a team-leading eight kills and 20 assists.
Sawyer had 10 digs for St. Mark’s (2-1), while senior Lauren Sorantino led the way with 16.
St. Mark’s travels to Catholic Conference rival Padua on Tuesday for a 7:30 p.m. start. Friends improved to 2-0; the Quakers host Tatnall on Tuesday at 5:15 p.m.