Washington Sweeps Gettysburg For The First-Time Ever; Bests Bullets In Consecutive Contests For First-Time
CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Host Washington College got a double-double from sophomore outside hitter Kristin Lee (Dayton, Md./River Hill) of a match-best 13 kills along with 10 digs in a 3-0 (25-13, 25-16, 25-14) victory over visiting Gettysburg on Saturday afternoon at the Cain Athletic Center in Centennial Conference volleyball action. The Shorewomen, who swept the Bullets for the first-time ever, improve 7-4 overall and 1-1 in the conference, while the Bullets slide to 7-7 and 1-1 respectively.
In the first set, Washington broke a 6-6 tie with 13 straight points to take a 19-6 lead on a service ace by freshman outside hitter Alexis Jordan (Royal Palm Beach, Fla./Seminole Ridge). Jordan began the run of 13 unanswered points with a kill. Lee sealed the opening set with a kill in a set where Washington led by as many as 15 points.
Washington took the lead for good in the second set when they snapped a 7-7 tie with three consecutive points to take a 10-7 lead. The Shorewomen took the lead for good at 8-7 when freshman outside hitter Caitlin Cooney (Gaithersburg, Md./Covenant Life School) tallied a kill. Lee ended the second set just like the first set on a kill to give Washington a 2-0 lead.
In the third set, Washington scored the first four points and never trailed in the set en route to the 11-point set victory. A block by Cooney and sophomore middle hitter Jess Daunoras (Shamong, N.J./Seneca) gave the hosts their biggest lead of the set at 12-3. Daunoras, who hit the match-winning kill in the fifth set a year ago, clinched the match for the second straight year when she recorded a kill in the far left corner to give Washington its second straight win over Gettysburg.
Washington hit .383 in the win, recording 43 kills in 94 attempts and had just seven attack errors. The .383 is an all-time best hitting percentage for WC versus Gettysburg. Daunoras had 11 kills with no errors in 18 attempts for a .611 attack percentage and added a match-best four blocks, while Lee had 13 kills and no errors in 24 tries for a .542 hitting percentage. Cooney added 11 kills for Washington and hit .429 in the win. Freshman defensive specialist Audrey Utchen (San Ramon, Calif./Monte Vista) had 15 digs to lead all players and added four assists. Senior setter Lauren White (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) handed out 29 assists to lead all players. Freshman hitter Rachel Baker (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) had three aces to lead all participants.
For Gettysburg, Kelly Milione had 13 digs to lead the guests. Laura Bergin and Lizzy Kuhn each had seven kills to lead the team. Kuhn handed out 14 helpers to lead the squad, while Courtney Morrow had three blocks for tops on the team. Gettysburg hit .065 in the match.
The Shorewomen have now downed the Bullets two straight times for the first-time after losing 33 consecutive matches. Last year, Washington downed Gettysburg in an epic five-set triumph. Prior to 2012, Washington's only other win over Gettysburg was in 1977, 2-1.
The Shorewomen will travel down the Eastern Shore on Wednesday night to play at #23 Salisbury. First serve is slated for 7:00 p.m.