Shorewomen Fall to Mules, Beat Blazers

Shorewomen Fall to Mules, Beat Blazers

Lee Reaches 500 Career Digs in Loss to Muhlenberg, 500 Career Kills in Win Over Hood

ALLENTOWN, Pa. -- The Washington College volleyball team went 1-1 at a tri-match hosted by Muhlenberg College today in Allentown, Pa. The Shorewomen (13-6, 2-2 Centennial Conference) opened the day by falling to the host Mules in a Centennial Conference match, 26-24, 25-20, 19-25, 25-23. Washington bounced back with a 25-18, 25-23, 25-20, non-conference win over Hood. 

Against Muhlenberg, Washington held a 16-13 lead in the first set before the Mules went on an 8-1 run to build a 21-17 advantage on an Allison Glass service aces. Washington answered with a 6-1 spurt to take a 23-22 lead on a Muhlenberg ball-handling error. The Mules ended the set by scoring four of the final five points, however, taking the set on a Washington attack error. In the second set, the Shorewomen held a 19-17 lead before the Mules ended the set by scoring eight of the final nine points, finishing things off with a service ace by Elizabeth Garrison. In the third set, an 8-1 run by the Shorewomen turned a 9-5 deficit into a 13-10 advantage as Washington took the lead for good. After hitting just .086 over the first two sets, the Shorewomen hit .684 in the third (14 kills, one error, 19 attempts). 

In the fourth set, the Shorewomen scored the first six points of the match before the Mules evened the score with a half-dozen unanswered points of their own.  With the score tied at 11-11, the Shorewomen scored the next seven points to take an 18-11 lead on a service ace by freshman outside hitter Rachel Baker (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West). Muhlenberg trimmed the lead to 18-16 with five straight points, but the Shorewomen responded with four straight points to build a 22-16 advantage on a service ace by sophomore middle hitter Jess Daunoras (Shamong, N.J./Seneca). The Mules then scored nine of the next 10 points to win the match on a kill by Holly Hynson.  

Glass had a team-best 11 kills for Muhlenberg, while Chelsea Kaser had a match-best 20 digs. Garrison and Nikki Dickson added 13 digs each, while Katherine Boll had four blocks and six kills. 

Sophomore outside hitter Kristin Lee (Dayton, Md./River Hill) finished with 11 kills and nine digs for the Shorewomen, while freshman defensive specialist Audrey Utchen (San Ramon, Calif./Monte Vista) tallied 15 digs and Daunoras tallied six blocks and five kills. Freshman outside hitter Caitlin Cooney (Gaithersburg, Md./Covenant Life School) added nine kills, while senior setter Lauren White (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) tallied 24 assists. White reached 2,500 career assists with her 17th of the match, becoming just the second Shorewoman to ever do so. Caitlin Ward holds the school record of 3,302. Lee's ninth and final dig of the match was the 500th of her career. 

Against Hood, the Shorewomen held the Blazers to just one kill in the opening set as the Blazers hit -.143 (five errors, 28 attempts) in the set. Hood held a 17-13 lead in the second set before Washington scored six unanswered points to take a 19-17 lead on a kill by Lee. Hood scored the next five points to pull back in front, 22-19, on a Keesha Fields service ace. The Shorewomen responded by scoring six of the final seven points of the set to post a 25-23 win on a kill by Baker.  In the third set, the Shorewomen held a 17-16 lead before scoring six of the next eight points to build a 23-18 advantage on a kill by junior outside hitter Sarah Beresik (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Pleasant Beach). Washington won the set and the match on a kill by Cooney. 

Lee led the Shorewomen with 15 kills, 15 digs, and four aces against the Blazers, reaching 500 career kills with her final kill of the match. Daunoras and Utchen each recorded their first career double-doubles in the win. Daunoras had 12 kills (against two errors in 22 attempts), 11 digs, and four blocks, while Utchen had a career-best 34 assists and 12 digs. Cooney added 11 kills and seven digs, while Baker had six kills and 13 digs. Beresik recorded her 100th career block in the win.

Amy Hagerdon led Hood with six kills, 11 digs, and five aces. Brenna Elizondo added 14 digs and 13 assists.

The Shorewomen return to action Wednesday with a 7:00 p.m. Centennial Conference home match against Bryn Mawr.