Utchen Tallies Match-Best 17 Digs
CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Host Washington College got a match-best 17 digs from freshman defensive specialist Audrey Utchen (San Ramon, Calif./Monte Vista) and a career-best and match-topping seven blocks from sophomore middle hitter Jess Daunoras (Shamong, N.J./Seneca) to record a 3-1 (25-17, 25-16, 20-25, 25-21) victory over visiting Marymount on Wednesday night in a non-conference volleyball match at the Cain Athletic Center in the home opener for the team. The Shorewomen improve to 5-2 on the year, while the Saints drop to 3-4.
The Shorewomen also snapped a four-match losing streak to the Saints, picking up their first victory over Marymount since a three-set sweep on October 5, 2008.
In the first set, the Shorewomen led 8-4 before going on a 12-5 run to take a 20-9 lead on a service ace by sophomore outside hitter Kristin Lee (Dayton, Md./River Hill). A kill by Lee clinched the first set for Washington.
In the second set, Marymount led 12-9 before Washington turned the set around to close it out with a 16-4 run to grab the second. A kill by Lee put Washington up for good in the second set at 14-13 and the hosts clinched the set on a kill by freshman outside hitter Alexis Jordan (Royal Palm Beach, Fla./Seminole Ridge).
The Saints staved off defeat in the third set by scoring six of the final seven points after the two teams were tied at 19-19. A service error by the Shorewomen gave the Saints a 20-19 lead and Morgan McAlpin recorded a service ace to clinch the third set for the guests.
In the fourth set, Washington scored the first 11 points of the set and led 23-12 before Marymount went on a 9-1 run to cut the lead to 24-21 on a kill by McAlpin. However, an attack error by the Saints ended the set and the match and the Shorewomen got the four-set win.
Lee and senior setter Lauren White (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) each had double-doubles on the night. Lee had a match-best 16 kills and added 13 digs, while White handed out a contest-high 37 assists and added 12 digs. In addition to Lee, Utchen and White, Jordan had 10 digs and freshmen hitter Rachel Baker (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) chipped in with 11 digs to give five WC players in double figures in digs. Washington served up 11 aces to tie for the season-high with Baker, Lee and Utchen each serving up three aces. The Shorewomen had 10 blocks in the win, a season-best.
Erin Allison and Brianne Fitzpatrick both had double-doubles for Marymount. Allison had a team-high 10 kills to go with 11 digs, while Fitzpatrick had a team-best 20 assists and recorded 12 digs. McAlpin had 10 kills to tie Allison for team-high. Emileigh Rettig and Cassidie Watson both had 15 digs to tie for squad-best. The Saints had five blocks in the match and recorded four aces.
Washington hit .175 in the win, while Marymount hit just .057.
Washington travels to Glassboro, N.J. on Saturday to play in a tri-match with Immaculata and host Rowan. The Shorewomen will play Immaculata at 1:00 p.m. and will play Rowan at 3:00 p.m.