Top Gophers In Four Sets
CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Sophomore outside hitter Kristin Lee (Dayton, Md./River Hill) tallied her fifth straight double-double, and 14th of the season, with a match-high 18 kills to go along with 16 digs to propel host Washington College to a 3-1 (25-9, 22-25, 25-19, 25-21) victory over visiting Goucher in a non-conference volleyball match on Thursday night at the Cain Athletic Center. The Shorewomen improve to 18-7 overall, while the Gophers fall to 9-18.
Washington is now 11 matches over .500 for the first time since the second to last match of the 1989 season when the Shorewomen swept Catholic in three sets. The 18 wins are the most for a Washington College volleyball squad since winning 25 in 1993.
In the first set, the Shorewomen used 10 service aces to cruise to a 25-9 victory. The Shorewomen won the first point of the set and match on an ace by freshman hitter Rachel Baker (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) and clinched the set on an ace by sophomore middle hitter Jess Daunoras (Shamong, N.J./Seneca). Lee had three of her match-best four aces in the first set and they came in succession. The Shorewomen led by as many as 17 points in the first set at 21-4.
Washington raced out to a 7-2 lead in the second set on Lee's fourth service ace of the night, but the Gophers would outscore the Shorewomen 23-15 the rest of the set to tie the match at 1-1. Goucher would take its first lead of the set and match at 20-19 on an attack error by the Shorewomen. Up 22-21, Goucher's Megan Chalk got a kill to make it 23-21 and the Gophers won the set on an attack error by WC.
The Shorewomen never trailed in the third set en route to a six-point victory. Washington took its biggest lead of the set at 13-6 on a service ace by senior right-side hitter Emily Hoyle (Santa Rita, Guam/Guam). The Gophers got it to within three points on three occasions, but Washington won four of the last five points to clinch the third set and won the set on a kill by freshman outside hitter Caitlin Cooney (Gaithersburg, Md./Covenant Life School).
The hosts snapped a 6-6 tie in the fourth set with a 9-3 run to take a 15-9 lead on a service error by Goucher and would lead by as many as seven points at 22-15 on an attack error by the visitors. A setting miscue by the Gophers clinched the set and the match for the Shorewomen.
Cooney joined Lee in double figures in kills with 17 and hit a match-best .367 for the Shorewomen as the squad hit .201. Freshman defensive specialist Audrey Utchen (San Ramon, Calif./Monte Vista) had 21 digs and added five assists. Senior setter Lauren White (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) had 37 assists to lead all players and just missed a double-double with nine digs, while adding five kills and three aces to her performance. Baker had 10 digs in the win, while Daunoras and Cooney had three blocks each to tie for match-high for the Shorewomen. WC had 15 service aces in the win to match its season-high, matching the amount of aces they had on October 9 versus Bryn Mawr.
Chalk had 14 kills to lead Goucher and also added 10 digs for a double-double. Sarah Johnson also had a double-double for the visitors with 29 assists and 10 digs. Meredith Johnson had 23 digs to lead all players, while Corinne Kahler added 12 digs. Hannah Kuehl and Michelle Tweedie each had three blocks to tie for match-best.
The Shorewomen are back in action on Saturday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. against visiting Centennial Conference rival McDaniel in a pivotal conference matchup as both teams seek a spot in the 2013 Centennial Conference Tournament. McDaniel currently sits in third place at 6-2 in the conference, while the Shorewomen are in sixth place 4-3. The top five make the tournament.