Bell Totals 30 Kills In The Two Wins And Adds Career-High 15 Digs Versus Goucher
CHESTERTOWN, MD – Host Washington College won two matches on Wednesday afternoon in a volleyball tri-match against visiting Wesley and Goucher in a pair of non-conference contests. The Shorewomen downed Wesley, 3-1 (25-14, 22-25, 25-20, 25-14), in the first match and topped Goucher, 3-1 (25-23, 21-25, 25-18, 25-18), in the last match of the day. In the middle match, Goucher swept Wesley, 3-0 (25-13, 25-13, 25-21). The Shorewomen are now 11-9 on the season.
Against Wesley (1-18), the Shorewomen led by as many as 12 points in the opening set en route to a 25-14 win. An attack error by the Wolverines ended the opening set. In the second set, Wesley turned a 17-15 deficit into a 25-22 victory with a 10-5 run to close the set. A kill by Cristina Maruffo evened the contest at a set apiece. In the third set, the Wolverines led 19-15, before WC rallied with a set-closing 10-1 run to take a 2-1 lead. A service ace, by sophomore setter Lauren White (Huntingtown, MD/Huntingtown) was the final point of the third set. In the fourth and last set, the Shorewomen never trailed and coasted to a 25-14 win to capture the match. A service error by the guests concluded the set and the match.
White had her first double-double of the day with a 21 assist and 18 dig performance. She also added seven kills and hit .500 in the victory. Freshman outside hitter Lauren Bell (Center Valley, PA/Southern Lehigh) had a match-topping 12 kills, while freshman defensive specialist Kate Liccione (Severna Park, MD/Severna Park) had 20 digs for tops in the match. The Shorewomen had 14 service aces in the win, with Bell, White and freshman defensive specialist Cara Koontz (Howard County, MD/Marriotts Ridge) all recording three aces.
For the Wolverines, Carle Ax had 22 assists to lead all players and had a team-best 17 digs for a double-double. Kristen Roberts had 11 kills to lead Wesley, while Stephanie Blakely had 12 digs.
Versus Goucher (8-16), the Shorewomen scored the final two points of the opening set to secure the two point victory, 25-23. A kill by White on a feed from senior outside hitter Alyssa Forget (River Vale, NJ/Pascack Valley) ended the first set. The Gophers and Shorewomen were tied 14-14 in the second set, but the Gophers won 11 of the final 18 points of the set to take it, 25-21. An attack error by WC ended the set and tied the match at 1-1. In the third set, Washington never trailed as they won the first six points of the third set to go ahead 2-1. An attack error by Goucher ended the third. In the fourth and final set, the Shorewomen broke a 6-6 tie on a kill by White with Bell tallying the assist to give WC a lead they would never relinquish. A kill by junior middle hitter Jenny Lee (Wilmington, DE/Mount Pleasant) ended the set and match.
Bell and White each secured double-doubles in the win over the Gophers. White had a match-leading 36 assists and added 13 digs for her second double-double of the day, while Bell had a match-high 18 kills and a career-high 15 digs. Liccione tied her career-high with 24 digs and junior defensive specialist Rita Rivera (Plymouth Meeting, PA/Plymouth-Whitemarsh) had 11 digs. Junior defensive specialist Kaitlin Rowan (Damascus, MD/Damascus) had three service aces to tie for tops in the match.
For the Gophers, Megan Chalk had a team-best 16 kills, while Trish Kallis had 11 kills and hit .458 in the match. In addition to her 16 kills, Chalk registered 10 digs to net a double-double. Tori Rain also had a double-double with 35 assists, tops for Goucher, and 13 digs. Sabina Smajlovic had 26 digs to lead all players. Also in double figures in digs for the Gophers was Kristen Courage with 13. Courage also added three service aces.
In the middle match, Goucher swept Wesley, 3-0 (25-13, 25-13, 25-21). Goucher's Rain handed out 19 assists to lead all players, while Courage served up a match-high five aces for the Gophers. For the Wolverines, Ax had four aces to lead Wesley.
The Shorewomen return to Centennial Conference volleyball action on Friday evening with a 7:00 p.m. match at Dickinson in Carlisle, PA.