WC Volleyball Clinches Winning Season With Victory Over Catholic

White Records Team's First Triple-Double In Seven Years

CHESTERTOWN, MD – Sophomore setter Lauren White (Huntingtown, MD/Huntingtown) had a triple-double with 12 kills, 27 assists and 12 digs as host Washington College downed visiting Catholic, 3-0 (25-17, 25-18, 25-15) in a non-conference volleyball match at the Cain Athletic Center on Saturday afternoon in the third and final match of a tri-match.  The victory also clinched a winning season for the Shorewomen.  In the first match of the day, visiting Franklin & Marshall topped host Washington, 3-0 (25-23, 30-28, 25-14) in a Centennial Conference volleyball match.  F&M swept Catholic, 3-0 (25-10, 25-15, 25-21) in the middle match.  Washington is now 15-11 overall and 1-7 in the Centennial, while F&M is 15-10 and 7-1 respectively.  Catholic drops to 21-6 with the two losses.

With the victory over Catholic, the Shorewomen secure a winning season for the first time since 1993 when Washington College Hall of Famer Penny Fall coached the squad to a 25-16 record.

White's triple-double is the first triple-double for a WC volleyball player since October 5, 2004 when Laura Shand had 14 kills, 43 assists and 14 digs versus Haverford.  Shand had four triple-doubles that season, three of which were kills-assists-digs and the fourth was digs-assists-blocks.  The 12 kills for White is also a career-high and match-best.

In the first set against Catholic, the Cardinals jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but the Shorewomen scored 25 of the final 39 points of the set to capture the set.  A service ace by junior middle hitter Jenny Lee (Wilmington, DE/Mount Pleasant) gave WC the lead for good in the first at 9-8 and a service ace by senior outside hitter Alyssa Forget (River Vale, NJ/Pascack Valley) clinched the set for the hosts.

The Cardinals and the Shorewomen were knotted 13-13 in the second when WC outscored the visitors by a 12-7 count to take the middle set.  A ball handling error by Catholic ended the second set and gave the hosts a 2-0 lead.

The third set was also tied at 13-13 when WC asserted control of the set with a closing 12-2 run to grab the victory.  A kill by freshman middle hitter Sarah Beresik (Point Pleasant, NJ/Point Pleasant Beach) put the hosts up for good in the last set at 14-13.  A block by the duo of Lee and freshman outside hitter Lauren Bell (Center Valley, PA/Southern Lehigh) clinched the set and the match for Washington.

In addition to White, freshman defensive specialist Kate Liccione (Severna Park, MD/Severna Park) tied for match-high with 17 digs and was one of four Shorewomen to tally double figures in digs.  Joining White and Liccione in double figures in digs were Forget and senior defensive specialist Emily Hudson (Sparks, MD/Hereford) who recorded a personal-topping 13 digs and also handed out a career-high six assists.  Senior defensive specialist Megan Hudson (Sparks, MD/Hereford) also had career bests of eight digs and three assists, while senior defensive specialist Jen Potts (West Grove, PA/Avon Grove) tied her career-high with five digs.

For the Cardinals, Katie Chefalas had 17 digs to tie for match-best.  Maria Ines Zanotti registered a double-double with 22 assists and 12 digs.  Isabel Eberstadt added 15 digs for Catholic.

In the first match of the day against Franklin & Marshall, the Diplomats won the first two sets by two points each before pulling away in the third and last set.

In the first set, the Shorewomen led 23-15 before the visiting Diplomats scored the last 10 points to rally and take the set (25-23) behind the serving prowess of Jian Lipowcan, who served the final nine points of the set.  F&M clinched the set on a setting miscue by the hosts.

The Diplomats took a 9-5 lead in the second set, before the Shorewomen won 15 of the next 24 points to take a 20-18 on an attack blunder by F&M.  The Diplomats would rally though with a 6-3 run to take a 24-23 lead on a kill by Heather Letzkus.  The Shorewomen won the next two points to take a 25-24 lead on a Bell kill, but the Diplomats would even the second at 25-25 on a Sydney Seydel kill.  The two teams would trade the next six points and it was 28-28.  F&M would capture the middle set by scoring the last two points, the clinching point coming on an unassisted kill by Seydel.

Washington led 13-11 in the third and final set when F&M used a 14-1 run to close the set and the match.  A Julie Harvey kill secured the set and match for the Diplomats.

Harvey had 20 kills to lead the Diplomats and hit .459 in the contest.  Meghan Hubert had 20 assists to lead F&M and Caroline Hubbard handed out 17 assists.  Katy May had 10 digs to lead the visitors in the opening match.

For the Shorewomen, White had a double-double with 20 assists and 10 digs.  Her 20 helpers tied for tops in the first match.  Liccione had 15 digs to lead all players.

In the middle match, F&M swept Catholic in three sets by scores of 25-10, 25-15, 25-21.  F&M's Harvey had 16 kills to lead all players, while Hubbard had a double-double with 31 assists and 10 digs.  May netted 16 digs to tie for best in the match.

Eberstadt had 16 digs to lead the Cardinals and tied for tops in the second match, while Chefalas added 11 digs.

The Shorewomen return to action in their home finale on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. against Haverford in Centennial Conference volleyball action.

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