Washington College Prevails Against Lebanon Valley, Kean
TOWSON, Md. -- Perseverance was the theme of the day for the Washington College volleyball team Friday as the Shorewomen posted a pair of five-set wins on day one of the Goucher College Invitational. In both matches, Washington won the first two sets before dropping the next two only to bounce back and win the fifth set. The Shorewomen (9-5) opened the tournament with a 25-23, 25-23, 25-27, 23-25, 15-7, five-set win over Lebanon Valley. They then defeated Kean, 27-25, 25-13, 23-25, 19-25, 15-10.
Against Lebanon Valley, which entered the match with a 13-2 record, the Shorewomen scored the final three points of set one and finished the second set on a 10-5 run, capped off by a kill by freshman outside hitter Caitlin Cooney (Gaithersburg, Md./Covenant Life School) to take a 2-0 lead in the match. The Shorewomen came out hot in the third set, scoring the first seven points. The Dutchmen trailed, 19-12, before rallying to take a 23-22 lead on a kill by Greta Weidemoyer. Washington evened the score on a kill by sophomore outside hitter Kristin Lee (Dayton, Md./River Hill) before a Lee service error put Lebanon Valley back in front, 24-23. A kill by Cooney tied the score at 24-24 and an attack error by Lebanon Valley's Megan Schoch put the Shorewomen in front, 25-24. An attack error by Cooney knotted the score at 25-25 and a setting error by senior setter Lauren White (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) gave Lebanon Valley a 26-25 lead. The Dutchmen then won the set on an attack error by Cooney.
Lebanon Valley held a 20-17 lead in the fourth set before the Shorewomen ran off five straight points to pull ahead, 22-20, following an attack error by the Dutchmen's Sarah Godfrey. The Dutchemen then scored the next four points to take a 24-22 lead on a kill by Kayla Confer. Cooney cut the lead to 24-23, but a kill by Schoch gave the Dutchmen the set win.
In the decisive fifth set, the Shorewomen scored the first four points of the set and six of the first seven to take a 6-1 lead on a block by sophomore middle hitter Jess Daunoras (Shamong, N.J./Seneca). The Dutchmen cut the lead to 6-3 on a block by Godfrey and Alli Quirk, but back-to-back kills by Daunoras and Lee gave the Shorewomen a five-point cushion at 8-3 as the teams switched sides of the court. After Quick pounded down a kill for Lebanon Valley, Washington scored the next four points to increase the lead to 12-4 on an ace by White. The Dutchmen scored the next two points to cut the lead to six, but freshman right-side hitter Alexis Jordan (Royal Palm Beach, Fla./Seminole Ridge) answered with a kill for Washington to pull the Shorewomen to within two points of winning the match. A block by Jordan and junior outside hitter Sarah Beresik (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Pleasant Beach) extended the lead to 14-6 before a Confer kill made it 14-7. Cooney then won the match with a kill off an assist from White.
Lee (19 kills, 16 digs), White (47 assists, 21 digs), and Jordan (10 kills, 15 digs) all finished with double-doubles in the win for the Shorewomen. Jordan's 10 kills matched a career high, while her 15 digs and four blocks established career highs. Cooney had career highs of 19 kills and four blocks, while Daunoras pounded down 12 kills and matched her career high of seven blocks. Beresik tallied a career-best five blocks, while freshman defensive specialist Audrey Utchen (San Ramon, Calif./Monte Vista) recorded a career-best 19 digs.
Kacey Musselman just missed a triple-double for the Dutchmen with 49 assists, nine kills, and 17 digs. Weidemoyer led the Dutchmen in kills with 17. Quirk added 12 kills and five blocks, while Confer had 12 kills of her own. Allie Garrett contributed a match-best 31 digs.
The two teams combined for 129 kills (66 for Lebanon Valley, 63 for Washington) in 397 attempts (208 for Lebanon Velly, 189 for Washington). They also combined for 191 digs (97 for Lebanon Velly, 94 for Washington). All told, there were 25 lead changes and nine ties over the first four sets. The Shorewomen never trailed in the fifth set.
In the match against Kean (12-4) the Shorewomen trailed, 20-16, in the first set before rallying to win, 27-25, by scoring the final two points on a Lee kill and an attack error by Kean's Aysia Peterson. Washington then rolled to a 25-13 win in the second set. Kean took the third set, 25-23, by scoring the final two points on an attack error by Cooney and a kill by Kaitlyn Hansen. Kean's Alix Denison finished off the Cougars' 25-19 fourth-set win with a kill to force the fifth set.
In the fifth set Washington used a 5-0 run, capped off by a Lee kill, to take an 8-2 lead when the teams switched sides of the court. The Cougars responded with four straight points, the final two on kills by Peterson, to twin the lead to 8-6. The Shorewomen pushed the lead back to four points at 12-8 on a kill by Daunoras before the Cougars trimmed the margin back to 12-10 on kills by Jen Espinal and Alana Aranjo. The Shorewomen then finished off the set with a kill by Conney, a block by Cooney and Daunoras, and an attack error by Kean's Emma Scott.
Lee (17 kills, 21 digs) and Jordan (38 assists, 11 digs) each turned in a double-double against Kean. Cooney added 10 kills, while Daunoras had seven kills and five blocks.
Aranjo totaled 31 assists, 10 digs, and six kills for the Cougars, while Hansen recorded 13 kills, four aces, and four blocks. Espinal chipped in 11 kills and 12 digs for the Cougars, while Elizabeth DeGroot paced the Cougars in digs with 15. Denison added seven kills and 14 digs.
The Shorewomen conclude play at the Goucher Invitational tomorrow with an 11:00 a.m. match against Frostburg State and a 3:00 p.m. match against Hollins.