Liccione With A Career-Best 37 Digs; Bell and White Tally Double-Doubles
COLLEGEVILLE, PA – Host Ursinus lost the first two sets of a Centennial Conference volleyball match against visiting Washington College, but the hosts rallied to take the next three sets to record a 3-2 (22-25, 17-25, 25-17, 25-15, 16-14) victory on Wednesday night at Helfferich Hall. The Bears improve to 11-11 overall and 2-6 in conference action, while the Shorewomen drop to 14-10 and 1-6 respectively. WC had its five-match win streak snapped in the setback.
In the decisive fifth set, Washington won the first three points to take a 3-0 lead on a kill by freshman outside hitter Lauren Bell (Center Valley, PA/Southern Lehigh). After a kill by junior middle hitter Jenny Lee (Wilmington, DE/Mount Pleasant) put the Shorewomen up 5-1, the Bears countered with three straight points on a kill by Elizabeth Roth to trim the visitors' lead to 5-4. WC would extend its lead to 8-5 on a block by freshman middle hitter Sarah Beresik (Point Pleasant, NJ/Point Pleasant Beach) and sophomore setter Lauren White (Huntingtown, MD/Huntingtown), but Ursinus would score the next three points to tie it 8-8 on a Kristin Hanratty kill. The Bears took their first lead of the fifth set on a Kaitlyn Ott service ace at 10-9. WC scored three of the next four points to take a 12-11 lead on an ace by freshman defensive specialist Kate Liccione (Severna Park, MD/Severna Park) and Ursinus called a timeout. The guests took a 13-11 lead on an attack error by the hosts, but Ursinus cut it to 13-12 on a Hanratty kill. An attack miscue by the Shorewomen would level the fifth at 13-13. After a bad set by Ursinus gave WC a 14-13 lead and WC was just one point away from victory. However, Ursinus would stave off set and match point and tie the set once again on a kill by Roth. Tied 14-14, a Kim Goldberg kill would put the Bears up 15-14. Ursinus would complete the comeback from 2-0 down on a Roth kill to win the set 16-14 and the match, 3-2.
In the opening set, the Shorewomen jumped out to a 14-11 lead on a kill by senior outside hitter Alyssa Forget (River Vale, NJ/Pascack Valley) which led to a timeout by the hosts. WC took a 19-15 lead when White tallied a kill on a pass from sophomore outside hitter Emily Hoyle (Santa Rita, Guam/Guam). The guests captured the first set on a kill by Bell. Washington had 16 kills in the first set.
In the second set, Washington College took control of the set by using a 10-2 run to turn a 6-4 deficit into a 14-8 lead on an unassisted kill by Beresik. The visitors would extend their lead to as many as nine points (24-15) and a kill by Lee closed out the set.
In the third set, the Bears won seven of the first 10 points to take a 7-3 lead and led to a WC timeout. Ursinus would push its lead to 13-7 on a Hanratty kill. The Shorewomen cut the lead to 16-12 on a service ace by White, but the hosts scored five of the next six points to grab a 21-13 lead on an attack miscue by Washington. The Bears captured the third set on a kill by Goldberg.
Ursinus raced out to a 17-3 lead in the fourth set on a kill by the Bears' Roth. The Shorewomen would close it to 22-15 on a Bell kill, but the Bears won the final three points to take the set and even the match. The set concluded on an attack error by WC.
For the Bears, Goldberg, Roth and McIntyre each had a team-best 13 kills, with Goldberg and Roth also tallying double-doubles as Goldberg had 14 digs and Roth had 21 assists. Gina Powers gave Ursinus three double-double players as she had a team-high 31 assists and chipped in with 10 digs. Leah Masiello tied for tops in the match in digs with 37, while Hanratty added 18. Goldberg and Hanratty both tallied two blocks each. Roth tied for match-high and led Ursinus with three service aces.
Washington's White had her eighth double-double of the season with a match-high 39 assists to go along with 22 digs, while Bell recorded her seventh double-double of the campaign with a match-topping 19 kills and established a career-high in digs with 19. For Bell, it was her fifth consecutive double-double. Liccione set a career-best in digs with 37 and Masiello for tops in the contest. Lee and White each served up three aces to tie for tops in the contest.
The Shorewomen return to action on Saturday at noon when they host visiting Franklin & Marshall in Centennial Conference action. It is the first match of a tri-match, which will also involve visiting Catholic. Catholic and F&M will play the middle match at 2:00 p.m. and Catholic and Washington will play the final match at 4:00 p.m. It will also be Senior Day for the Shorewomen.