Washington College Swept by Muhlenberg, Defeats Cedar Crest in Four Sets
ALLENTOWN, PA -- The Washington College volleyball team split a pair of matches at Muhlenberg College today, falling to the host Mules, 25-15, 25-21, 25-14, in a Centennial Conference match before bouncing back with a 25-14, 14-25, 25-15, 25-14, win over Cedar Crest in non-conference play. The Shorewomen are now 8-11 overall and 2-3 in Centennial matches.
In the Shorewomen's first match of the day, Muhlenberg (11-6, 3-3 Centennial) used a 9-2 run in the first set to turn a slim 9-8 lead into a n 18-10 cushion and never looked back in a 25-15 first-set win. In the second set, the Mules survived a late push by the Shorewomen to take the set, 25-21, and take a 2-0 lead in the match. Muhlenberg controlled the third set to take the match with a 25-14 set win.
Three Mules reached double figures in kills in the match, led by Holly Hynson, who had 12 kills and eight digs. Sarah Weyhmuller added 10 kills and four blocks, while Katherine Boll had 10 kills of her own. Chelsea Kaser had a match-best 14 digs, while Vanessa Pulice tallied 30 assists. Washington sophomore libero Kate Liccione (Severna Park, MD/Severna Park) had a team-best 13 digs, while freshman outside hitter Kristin Lee (Dayton, MD/River Hill) paced the Washington offense with six kills.
Against Cedar Crest, the Shorewomen rolled to a 25-14 first-set win behind four aces in the set from senior middle hitter Jenny Lee (Wilmington, DE/Mount Pleasant) and five kills in the set from freshman middle hitter Jess Daunoras (Shamong, NJ/Seneca). The Falcons (8-10) reversed that score in the second set, hitting .241 while limiting Washington to six kills against six errors in the set. The Shorewomen countered in the third set by rolling to a 25-15 win as Cedar Crest had only five kills against seven errors in the set. Washington wrapped up the win by hitting .615 (18 kills, two errors, 26 attempts) in a 25-14 fourth-set win.
Daunoras finished with 13 kills against two errors in 31 attempts against Cedar Crest. She also matched her career high with six blocks. Kristin Lee added 13 kills of her own to go along with 16 digs. Jenny Lee had nine kills, six digs, and three blocks to go along with her four aces. Senior defensive specialist Rita Rivera (Plymouth Meeting, PA/Plymouth-Whitemarsh) contributed 11 digs, while Liccione had 10. Freshman setter Jesse Sengstacke (Caldwell, NJ/James Caldwell) tallied a career-best 32 assists for the Shorewomen. Rebecca Grady led the Falcons with 10 kills, while Debra Lobien finished with 28 assists and 19 digs.
The Shorewomen return to action Thursday with a 7:00 p.m. non-conference match at Goucher.