Washington College Sweep Wesley, Fall to Lancaster Bible in Five Sets
DOVER, DE - The Washington College volleyball team split a pair of matches at a non-conference tri-match hosted by Wesley College today in Dover, DE. The Shorewomen (8-14) defeated Wesley in their first match, 25-19, 25-16, 25-21, but fell to Lancaster Bible, 14-25, 25-22, 22-25, 26-24, 15-3, in their second match.
Against Wesley, the Shorewomen closed out the first set by scoring seven of the final eight points. In the second set, Washington finished by scoring four of the final six points. The Shorewomen held a 16-10 lead in the third set before Wesley ran off four straight points to narrow the margin. The Wolverines were able to cut the lead to one point four times later in the set, but the Shorewomen finished the match off with the final three points.
Washington served 18 aces against Wesley as senior middle hitter Maria Whitman (Galesville, MD/Southern) led the way with four. Junior outside hitter Alyssa Forget (River Vale, NJ/Pascack Valley) had a match-high 10 kills, while sophomore outside hitter Jenny Lee (Wilmington, DE/Mount Pleasant) added seven. Freshman setter Lauren White (Huntingtown, MD/Huntingtown) tallied 23 assists and was one of four Shorewomen to serve three aces; the others were sophomore defensive specialist Kaitlin Rowan (Damascus, MD/Damascus), senior defensive specialist Traci Daelemans (Tracys Landing, MD/Southern), and sophomore libero Rita Rivera (Plymouth Meeting, PA/Plymouth-Whitemarsh).
Lindsay Dimozio and Kristen Roberts each had five kills for Wesley, while Carle Ax tallied four kills, 14 assists, and three aces.
Against Lancaster Bible, the Shorewomen scored 10 of the first 11 points to cruise to a 25-14 win in the opening set. Washington held a 16-13 lead in the second set before a 10-4 run gave the Chargers a 23-20 advantage. Lancaster Bible went on to win the second set, 25-22. In the third set, Washington overcame an early 10-5 deficit to post a 25-22 win. The Shorewomen held a 24-22 lead in the fourth set before Lancaster Bible scored the last four points to even the match. The Chargers then cruised to a 15-3 win in the fifth set to get the win.
Lauren Heliger led the Chargers with 17 kills and 19 digs, while two of her teammates recorded triple-doubles. Hailee Growden had 12 kills, 16 digs, and 22 assists, while Peggy Compton tallied 10 kills, 17 digs, and 20 assists.
Lee had 11 kills and 10 digs for the Shorewomen, while Whitman added 10 kills. White added 35 assists and 22 digs, while Rivera scooped out 20 digs and Daelemans notched 18 digs.
The Shorewomen return to action Saturday at Muhlenberg College. They will play the host school in a Centennial Conference match at 12:00 p.m. followed by a neutral-site non-conference match against Scranton at 2:00 p.m.