Lee Pounds Down A Career-Best 18 Kills Versus Shenandoah
WINCHESTER, VA – Washington split a pair of matches in a tri-match on Saturday afternoon at Shingleton Gym. The Shorewomen swept Mount Aloysius, 3-0 (25-18, 25-19, 25-16) in the second match of the day. In the first match of the day for Washington, the Shorewomen dropped a five-set decision to host Shenandoah, 3-2 (15-25, 25-22, 25-16, 23-25, 12-15). The Shorewomen are now 7-2 on the season.
Versus Mount Aloysius (2-2), the Shorewomen led 18-17 before scoring seven of the last nine points of the first set. The run was started on a kill by sophomore setter Lauren White (Huntingtown, MD/Huntingtown) on a pass from junior defensive specialist Kaitlin Rowan (Damascus, MD/Damascus). A kill by junior middle hitter Jenny Lee (Wilmington, DE/Mount Pleasant) with White netting the assist ended the first set.
In the second set, the two teams were tied 12-12 when the Shorewomen took control of the set by scoring the next three points, beginning on a kill by senior outside hitter Alyssa Forget (River Vale, NJ/Pascack Valley) to put WC up 13-12. A LeLand Espinoza kill cut the WC lead to 20-18, but a 5-1 run by WC sealed the set and a 25-19 win. A service error by the Mounties was the final point of the middle set.
The final set of the second match saw Washington use a 5-0 run to turn a 9-6 lead into a 14-6 lead on an attack error by the Mounties. A kill by Mount Aloysius' Ashley Pipon cut the Shorewomen lead to 17-13, but that's as close as they would get. Washington would win the next two points to take a 19-13 lead and would finish off the match when Forget pounded down a kill from White.
Freshman libero Kate Liccione (Severna Park, MD/Severna Park) had a match-high 11 digs, while Lee led all players with nine kills. Lee and freshman middle hitter Sarah Beresik (Point Pleasant, NJ/Point Pleasant Beach) each had two solo blocks for tops in the contest. White handed out a match-topping 21 assists in the victory.
For the Mounties, Chelsea Perchinec had eight kills to lead her team. Mariah McDowell and Lauren Oldham each had seven digs to lead the squad, while Oldham passed out 18 helpers to lead Mount Aloysius.
In the opening match against host Shenandoah (3-2), the Shorewomen raced out to an 11-6 lead following a kill by sophomore outside hitter Emily Hoyle (Santa Rita, Guam/Guam). The Hornets would score the next three points to cut the Shorewomen lead to 11-9 on an attack error. Freshman outside hitter Lauren Bell (Center Valley, PA/Southern Lehigh) would end Shenandoah's run with a kill and that would ignite an 8-0 run to give Washington a 19-9 lead following a setting error by the hosts. The Shorewomen closed out the first set on a kill by Lee with White netting the assist. WC closed out the first set on a 14-6 run.
The Hornets came out strong in the second set, taking a 6-1 lead following a bad set by the Shorewomen. WC would respond with a 8-4 run to trim the lead to 10-9 on a on a kill by Lee off of a feed from White. However Shenandoah scored the next four points to take a 14-9 lead on a Rachel Maki kill and that led to a Washington timeout. The Hornets would take an 18-12 lead on a service ace by Samantha Schambach. The Shorewomen would score 10 of the following 14 points to knot the set at 22-22 on a block by Lee and Forget. However the Hornets would score the final three points of the set to even the match at 1-1. A kill by Mary Harshman would clinch the set for the Hornets on a pass from Kelcy Brown.
In the third set, WC jumped out to a 4-1 lead on a service ace by Forget, but Shenandoah responded with five points of its own to take a 6-4 lead on a kill by Schambach. The Shorewomen evened the set at 8-8 on an attack miscue by the Hornets, but Shenandoah went on a 5-1 run to take a 13-9 lead on a Megan Gillespie kill. Shenandoah would score 12 of the final 19 points to grab the third set 25-16 and finished off the set on a kill by Haley Smith.
Shenandoah led 12-10 in the fourth set before Washington rolled off four consecutive points to take a 14-12 lead on Lee kill from White which led to a Hornet timeout. The Shorewomen pushed their lead to 18-14 following an attack error by the Hornets. Shenandoah countered with a 6-2 run to tie the fourth set at 20-20 on a Maki kill. Washington however would win five of the final eight points to win the set with a kill by Lee providing the winning point and tying the match at 2-2.
In the fifth set, Washington trailed 3-1 before scoring six of the next seven points to take a 7-4 lead on a kill by Bell. The Hornets would go on a 6-3 run to even the decisive set at 10-10 on a Schambach kill and led to a timeout by the Shorewomen. Shenandoah would score five of the final seven points of the match to take the fifth set 15-12, winning it on an attack error by WC.
Harshman had 13 kills to lead Shenandoah and added 10 digs to tally a double-double. Smith chipped in with 11 kills, added four service aces and was tops for the team in the match with two blocks. Brown had 26 assists and Brooke Strathy handed out 19 assists. Schambach had a team-best 13 digs, while Gillespie added 10 digs. Maki led all participants with five aces in the win.
Lee posted a career-high 18 kills for the Shorewomen in the setback and blocked a match-high three attack attempts. White totaled second consecutive double-double and third of the season with a match-best 39 assists and totaled 13 digs. Bell joined Lee in double figures in kills with 11. Liccione had a match-high 14 digs, while Forget also had 13 digs for WC in the contest.
Washington, who had its six-match win streak snapped against Shenandoah, returns to action a week from today in a tri-match. At 11:00 a.m. the Shorewomen have their home and Centennial Conference opener against Johns Hopkins and then host Scranton at 3:00 p.m. Hopkins and Scranton will play the middle match at 1:00 p.m.