Lee and Horan Each Chalk Up Pair of Double-Doubles; Baker (Digs) and Jordan (Kills) Notch Career-Highs
GETTYSBURG, Pa. – The Washington College volleyball team won a pair of matches to open its 2014 campaign in the first day of the Gettysburg Battlefield Classic at Hauser Field House. The Shorewomen downed Messiah, 3-1, (25-21, 25-16, 7-25, 25-23) and broomed Penn State Altoona, 3-0, (25-19, 25-20, 29-27) on Friday evening. The win over Messiah was the program's first victory over the Falcons in eight tries.
Versus Messiah (0-1), Washington raced out to a 20-7 lead in the first set on a kill by senior middle hitter Sarah Beresik (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Pleasant Beach). The Falcons would rally though to win 14 of the next 18 points to cut the lead to 24-21 on a kill by Alyssa Vorbeck. However, the Messiah rally would end on a service error to give the Shorewomen a four-point win in the first set.
In the second set, Washington (2-0) led 13-10 before going on a 9-2 run to take a 22-12 lead on a service ace by junior outside hitter Kristin Lee (Dayton, Md./River Hill). The Falcons would get it to 22-16 on a Suzanne Harris ace, but the Shorewomen took the last three points to win the set and clinched it on a Lee kill.
Messiah snapped a 2-2 tie in the third set with nine straight points to take an 11-2 lead en route to a 25-7 win.
In the fourth set, the teams were tied at 18-18 following a service ace by Messiah's Jane Underman. The Shorewomen took the next three points to take a 21-18 lead and it was a lead they would never cough up. A kill by sophomore outside hitter Caitlin Cooney (Gaithersburg, Md./Covenant Life School) gave WC the three-point lead. The Falcons won the next two points to cut it to 21-20, but the Shorewomen countered with the next two to take a 23-20 lead. Messiah won three of the next four points to cut the lead to 24-23 on an attack miscue by WC, but a service mistake by Messiah ended the set and the match.
Lee, sophomore right-side Alexis Jordan (Royal Palm Beach, Fla./Seminole Ridge) and freshman setter Taylor Horan (San Diego, Calif./Point Loma) all tallied double-doubles. Lee had 10 kills and tied for team-high with 15 digs, Jordan had a team-high and career-best 11 kills to go with 12 digs and Horan tied for contest-best with 33 assists to go along with 10 digs in her collegiate debut. Sophomore defensive specialist Audrey Utchen (San Ramon, Calif./Monte Vista) had 15 digs to tie Lee. WC had eight service aces, with Lee and Utchen totaling three apiece.
Taylor Hook had 17 kills to lead Messiah and all players in the match, while Brooke Gallagher had 33 assists and 14 digs to notch a double-double and tie Horan for match-best in helpers. Emily Zellers led all participants with 18 digs. The Falcons hit .177 as a team and had 10 service aces, led by Jane Underman's three.
Against Penn State Altoona (0-2), the Shorewomen used a 13-5 run to turn a 5-4 lead into an 18-9 cushion following an attack error by the Lions. WC took the set on a kill by Jordan.
In the second set, Moira Corrigan tallied a kill for the Lions to cut the WC lead to 21-20 before Washington rolled off four straight points to take the set 25-20. Lee began the run with a kill and closed the second set with a kill.
In the third set, Penn State Altoona raced out to a 15-7 lead following an attack error by the Shorewomen. WC would begin its rally with a 6-1 run to trim the lead to 16-13 on an attack miscue by the Lions. After WC cut the lead to 20-19 on a service ace by junior middle hitter Jess Daunoras (Shamong, N.J./Seneca), the Lions would win four of the next six points to take a 24-21 lead on an attack error by the Shorewomen. The Shorewomen would answer by winning the next four points to take a 25-24 lead on block by Daunoras and Jordan. Penn State Altoona won three of the next four points to take a 27-26 lead on an Amanda Hammer finisher. However WC took the last three points of the set to win the match. Lee tied the set at 27-27 on a kill and recorded an ace to take a 28-27 lead. Washington clinched it on a setting miscue by the Lions.
Lee and Horan led the way for the Shorewomen with their second double-doubles of the day. Lee had a match-high 14 kills to go with 13 digs, while Horan handed out a contest-best 32 assists and racked up 16 digs. Sophomore defensive specialist/outside hitter Rachel Baker (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) notched a career-best and team-high 19 digs as five players had double figures in digs. Jordan and Utchen both notched 12 digs. Daunoras joined Lee in double digits in kills with 13, to go along with a team-best three blocks, while Utchen had three service aces to lead all players. The Shorewomen racked up eight aces in the match.
Emily Baker had 21 digs to lead the Lions and all participants in the match and was one of three Lions in double digits in digs. Becky Britton had 19 digs and Kristi Batzel had a double-double with 27 assists and 14 digs. Britton also had seven kills to lead the Lions, while Tori Shingler had five blocks to lead all players.
Tomorrow, the Shorewomen will play Eastern at 10:00 am and Salve Regina at 2:00 pm. Eastern finished last season ranked #10 in the nation and reached the NCAA Quarterfinals.