Shorewomen Sweep Garnet For First Win In Series Since 2004

Shorewomen Sweep Garnet For First Win In Series Since 2004

Lee Pounds Down 20 Kills and Adds 14 Digs For Double-Double

SWARTHMORE, Pa. – Visiting Washington College scored the last three points of the third set to turn a 24-23 deficit into a 26-24 set win and lifted the Shorewomen to a 3-0 (25-17, 25-17, 26-24) sweep of host Swarthmore at Tarble Pavilion in Centennial Conference volleyball action on Tuesday night.  Washington is now 12-5 on the year and 2-1 in the Centennial Conference, while the Garnet drop to 11-5 and 1-2 respectively. 

With the win, Washington snapped an eight-match losing streak to Swarthmore and picked up its first win the series since a five-set victory on September 21, 2004.  The 12-5 start is the team's best record after 17 matches in nine years when the 2004 team opened up the year 12-5.

In the third set, Swarthmore led 24-23 and were one point away from a fourth set when Washington won the final three points of the set to take the set and the match.  But the Shorewomen tied the set at 24-24 on a kill by sophomore outside hitter Kristin Lee (Dayton, Md./River Hill) and Lee gave WC the lead on her 20th kill of the night at 25-24.  The Shorewomen won the set and match on a kill down the left side by freshman outside hitter Caitlin Cooney (Gaithersburg, Md./Covenant Life School) to snap the eight-match losing streak to the Garnet.  It was Cooney's second set-clinching kill of the match as she also ended the second set with a kill with the assist from senior setter Lauren White (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown).

Washington raced out to a 7-1 lead in the first set on a kill by White with sophomore middle hitter Jess Daunoras (Shamong, N.J./Seneca) netting the assist and led to a Swarthmore timeout.  The Shorewomen led 16-13 when they closed out the set on a 9-4 run to take the opening set 25-17.  Freshman right-side hitter Alexis Jordan (Royal Palm Beach, Fla./Seminole Ridge) clinched the opening set with a kill courtesy of a White helper.  The guests hit .370 in the opening set on 22 kills and just five errors in 46 attempts.

The Shorewomen took a 6-1 lead in the second set on an attack error by the Garnet.  Swarthmore would cut it to 9-8 on a service ace by Danielle Sullivan.  Washington countered with a 6-1 run to take a 15-9 lead on a Daunoras kill.   After a pair of kills by Swarthmore's Brone Lobichusky to cut the WC lead to 15-11, White countered with consecutive kills of her own to take a 17-11 lead and led to a Swarthmore timeout.  Up 18-15, the Shorewomen scored seven of the final nine points of the set to grab the second set by eight points.  A kill by Cooney on a feed from White secured the second set for the visitors as WC hit .345 as a team in the middle set.

The teams were tied 12-12 in the third set when Washington won three straight points to take a 15-12 lead on a Daunoras kill to lead to a Garnet timeout.  Out of the timeout, Swarthmore responded with five unanswered points to grab a 17-15 lead following an attack miscue by the Shorewomen.  Swarthmore led 21-18 following an attack error by Washington before the Shorewomen scored three straight points to knot the set at 21-21 on a kill by Lee.  Washington took a 23-22 lead on a kill by Jordan and that led to a timeout by the Garnet.  Chasity Hopkins tied the set with a kill and Sullivan gave Swarthmore a 24-23 lead on a kill. 

Washington got a 20-kill and 14-dig performance from Lee for her eighth double-double of the season and her 20th career double-double.  Jordan had 10 kills for the Shorewomen in the win as the team hit .275 in the win.  Freshman defensive specialist Audrey Utchen (San Ramon, Calif./Monte Vista) had 17 digs to lead all players, while freshman hitter Rachel Baker (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) added 12 digs.  White passed out 43 assists to lead all players, while Daunoras tied for match-high in blocks with three.

For the hosts, Lobichusky had 11 kills to lead the way for Swarthmore.  Sam DuBois tallied a double-double with a team-high 23 assists to go along with 11 digs.  Sullivan and Madison Heppe had 13 digs apiece to lead the Garnet, while Anastasia White-Torruellas had 10 digs.  Hopkins tied Daunoras for match-best in blocks with three.

The Shorewomen are on the road again this Saturday for a tri-match at Muhlenberg.  The Shorewomen will play host Muhlenberg in a Centennial Conference contest at noon and Hood in a non-conference match at 2:00 p.m.