Lee Serves Up Career-Best Nine Aces In Win Over Wesley
DOVER, DE – Washington College took both matches against host Wesley and Delaware Valley at Wentworth Gym on Thursday in a non-conference volleyball tri-match. The Shorewomen beat host Wesley, 3-0 (26-24, 25-22, 25-15), in the opening match, before topping Delaware Valley, 3-1 (26-24, 25-23, 20-25, 25-22), in the second match. Washington is 6-1 now, its first six-match winning streak since winning seven in a row in 1988. It is also the squad's second-best start ever as the 1978 team started 8-0.
In the opening match against host Wesley (1-4), Washington took a 24-22 lead in the first set on a kill by junior middle hitter Jenny Lee (Wilmington, DE/Mount Pleasant) before Wesley scored the next two points to tie the first set 24-24 on an attack error by the Shorewomen. WC would grab a 25-24 lead on a kill by sophomore setter Lauren White (Huntingtown, MD/Huntingtown) on a pass from freshman defensive specialist Kate Liccione (Severna Park, MD/Severna Park). A ball handling error by the Wolverines ended the set and gave the set to the guests.
In the second set, the Shorewomen took a 20-11 lead on a kill by sophomore outside hitter Emily Hoyle (Santa Rita, Guam/Guam) on a pass from White before the Wolverines scored 10 of the next 12 points to cut the lead to 22-21 on a service ace by Kristen Roberts. However, Washington took three of the next four points to close out the set and ended it on a Lee kill from White.
Washington jumped out to a 14-4 lead in the third set en route to a 25-15 win. Wesley cut it to 19-14, but would draw no closer and the match ended an attack error by the hosts.
For the Shorewomen in the opener, Lee had 11 kills and a career-high nine service aces. She had four of the nine aces during an 8-0 run that gave Washington an 8-1 lead in the third set. White had 24 assists to lead all players, along with five aces, while Liccione totaled a match-best 11 digs. Washington had 17 service aces and hit .187 in the win.
For the Wolverines, Cristina Maruffo had 11 assists and Carle Ax dished out 10 helpers in the match. Jessica Taylor had a team-high eight digs, while Roberts pounded down seven kills to lead Wesley. The hosts hit .215 in the match.
Versus Delaware Valley (3-2) in the first set, neither side held a lead of more than two points the entire set. Washington won the final two points of the set to secure the 26-24 win on a kill by Hoyle courtesy of a White pass.
In the second set, the Shorewomen jumped out to a 10-5 lead before the Aggies scored 10 of the next 13 points to take a 15-13 lead on a kill by Destinee Horning with Crystal Ronan chalking up the assist. However, Washington would answer by scoring 12 of the last 20 points of the set to grab a 25-23 win. An attack error by the Aggies would win the second set for the Shorewomen.
The third set would be taken by Delaware Valley. Janel Gluch would snap a 13-13 tie with a kill and that would ignite a run of 6-0 to give the Aggies a 19-13 lead. Ronan set up Horning for a kill to conclude the third set and cut the WC lead to 2-1.
In the fourth set, WC jumped out to a 16-9 lead on a Delaware Valley service error, before a 10-1 run by the Aggies gave them a 19-17 lead on a service ace by Alex DeFrancesco. However, WC would counter with an 8-3 set and match closing run to take the set and match 25-22. Lee ended the match with a kill to give WC its second victory of the day.
Double-doubles from Lee and White propelled the Shorewomen to their second victory of the day. White had 37 assists and tied for tops in the match with 23 digs, while Lee had a personal-high 17 kills, which tied for match-best, and 12 digs. Liccione had 23 digs to tie White for tops in the match.
Delaware Valley had three double-doubles in the match. Ronan had 44 assists to lead all players and 19 digs to lead the Aggies. Alyssa Higgins had 12 kills and 15 digs, while Horning had 17 kills and 16 digs. DeFrancesco had 13 digs, while Gina Page had 12 digs.
Washington hit .196 in the win, while Delaware Valley hit .140.
Washington returns to action Saturday at 11:00 a.m. with a tri-match at Shenandoah. Following the 11:00 a.m. match with the hosts, WC plays Mount Aloysius at 1:00 p.m.