Team Achieves Best Record In 36 Years
CHESTERTOWN, Md. – The Washington College volleyball team concluded its most successful season since 1977 with a 3-0 victory (25-10, 25-12, 25-14) over visiting Ursinus on Saturday afternoon in a Centennial Conference volleyball match at the Cain Athletic Center. The Shorewomen conclude the season 19-9 overall and 5-5 in the conference, while the Bears finish their campaign at 9-19 and 0-10 respectively.
This was Washington's best record since the 1977 team went 33-10 for a .767 winning percentage. The 2013 Shorewomen squad had a .679 winning percentage in 28 matches. The 5-5 conference mark was the team's best record in the conference since going 6-4 in 1993.
In the opening set, Washington won the first six points to take control of the set en route to a 15-point victory. During the opening 6-0 run, freshman hitter Rachel Baker (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) served up three aces. The Shorewomen blew open the first set with an 8-0 run to turn a 12-7 lead into a 20-7 lead on a kill by sophomore middle hitter Jess Daunoras (Shamong, N.J./Seneca). An attack error by Ursinus clinched the set for Washington.
In the second set, Washington led 14-9 before going on an 11-3 run to close out the set. A kill by senior right-side hitter Emily Hoyle (Santa Rita, Guam/Guam) ended the middle set.
The hosts jumped out to a 14-4 lead in the third and final set on a service ace by freshman defensive specialist Audrey Utchen (San Ramon, Calif./Monte Vista). Ursinus would go an 8-4 run of its own to cut the lead to 18-12 on a Mara Berzins kill, but Washington finished the set strong with a 7-3 run to clinch the set and the match. An attack miscue by the Bears ended the match.
Washington, which hit .387 in the match, got a match-best 12 kills from sophomore outside hitter Kristin Lee (Dayton, Md./River Hill) and had 13.5 points in the contest to lead all players. Senior setter Lauren White (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) had a contest-best 21 assists and had three aces to tie Baker for tops in the contest. She finishes her career with 2,708 helpers, which is second all-time at WC. Baker had 10 digs to tie for match-high and Daunoras had four blocks to lead all players. Hoyle, playing in her last collegiate contest had seven digs and five kills.
Gina Powers had 13 assists to lead Ursinus and just missed a double-double with nine digs, while Leah Masiello had 10 digs to for match-best with Baker.
Today marked the final match in a Washington College uniform for Hoyle and White.