Team Improves To Nine Matches Over .500 For The First Time Since 1993
CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Host Washington College, down to six players, won the final two sets after being down 2-1 to record a 3-2 (22-25, 25-15, 22-25, 25-20, 15-10) victory over visiting Dickinson on Saturday afternoon at the Cain Athletic Center in Centennial Conference volleyball action. The Shorewomen improve to 15-6 overall and 4-2 in the conference, while the Red Devils drop to 5-14 overall and 0-6 respectively.
With the win Washington is now nine-matches over .500 for the first time since the final match of the 1993 season when the Shorewomen finished that campaign at 25-16. The team has now won its last five five-set matches dating back to last season. It was also Washington's first win at home against Dickinson since 1998 when the Shorewomen topped the Red Devils in five sets (15-11, 16-14, 13-15, 6-15, 15-10).
Trailing two sets to one in the fourth set, jumped out to a 12-6 lead on a service ace by junior middle hitter Sarah Beresik (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Pleasant Beach). Dickinson would rally however by scoring 11 of the next 16 points to take an 18-17 lead on a kill by Emily Kisak. The Shorewomen however answered the run with an 8-2 run of their own to close out the fourth set. A kill by freshman hitter Rachel Baker (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) gave WC the lead for good at 19-18 and a kill by freshman outside hitter Caitlin Cooney (Gaithersburg, Md./Covenant Life School) clinched the fourth set.
In the fifth set, the two teams were tied at 8-8 when the Shorewomen scored the next four points to take a 12-8 lead on an attack error by the Red Devils. WC took the lead for good at 9-8 on a Cooney kill. The Shorewomen clinched the set and the match on an attack miscue by Dickinson.
In the first set, Washington raced out to a 4-1 lead on a service ace by freshman defensive specialist Audrey Utchen (San Ramon, Calif./Monte Vista). Dickinson however went on a 13-5 run to take a 14-9 lead on a kill by Emily Smith off of an assist by Avery Dravis Stark and would not trail the rest of the set. Washington got it to within one point on a pair of occasions, but could not even the set. Dickinson took the opening set on an assisted block by Dravis Stark and Maureen Marsh.
The Shorewomen regrouped to take the second set by 10 points as they took control of the set with five straight points to take a 9-4 lead on a service ace by senior setter Lauren White (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) after the set was tied 4-4. The Shorewomen would lead by as many as 11 points on two occasions and captured the second set on a White kill with sophomore outside hitter Kristin Lee (Dayton, Md./River Hill) chalking up the assist. WC hit .314 in the second set.
In the third set, the Red Devils jumped out to a 10-3 lead on a Kisek kill and would never trail in the set. The Shorewomen would rally to tie it at 20-20 on a service ace by senior right-side hitter Emily Hoyle (Santa Rita, Guam/Guam). A kill by Dickinson's Laura Silverman would give the Red Devils the lead at 21-20 and would ignite a 5-2 set-closing run by the visitors to grab the set. A ball handling error by the Shorewomen clinched the third set and gave Dickinson a 2-1 lead.
For Washington, Baker, Lee and Utchen all recorded double-doubles in the victory. Baker had career-highs of 11 kills and 15 digs, Utchen had 23 assists and a career-best 22 digs and Lee tied Utchen for team-best in digs with 22 and added 12 kills. White, before having to leave the match in the third set, had 18 assists, nine digs and a team-high three aces. Cooney had 17 kills to lead the hosts and just missed a double-double with nine digs. Hoyle had four blocks to lead all players, while Beresik had three rejections.
Smith had 23 kills to lead all players, while Laura Silverman added 17 kills for Dickinson. Dravis Stark had 26 assists to lead all players, while Jenn Morrissey had a double-double with 22 assists and 13 digs. Joanna DeCastro had 23 digs to lead all players, while Grace Morgan had 22 digs and match-high four aces. Arielle Misrok had 16 digs for the Red Devils. Dravis Stark and Marsh teamed up for three assisted blocks in the contest.
There were 12 lead changes and 20 ties in the match.
Washington returns to action on Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. when they host Catholic in a non-conference match at the Cain Athletic Center.