Daunoras: 25 Kills and Nine Blocks In Two Matches
CHESTERTOWN, Md. – The Washington College volleyball team split a pair of matches in a tri-match at the Cain Athletic Center on Saturday afternoon. The Shorewomen fell in a five-set thriller to visiting Muhlenberg in a Centennial Conference match, 3-2, (18-25, 25-15, 25-23, 20-25, 18-16) and in a non-conference contest dropped visiting Lancaster Bible, 3-0, (25-23, 25-9, 25-19). The Shorewomen are now 15-6 overall and 0-4 in the Centennial.
The Mules are now 20-2 overall and 6-0 in the Centennial, while the Chargers are now 13-10 on the year.
In the Muhlenberg match, the Shorewomen took their biggest lead of the first set at 24-12 on a kill by junior middle hitter Jess Daunoras (Shamong, N.J./Seneca). The Mules would score six straight points to trim the WC lead to 24-18 on an attack error by the Shorewomen, but a Daunoras kill concluded the first set and gave Washington a seven-point win. In the first set, WC served up six aces, including four straight from freshman setter Emma Craig (Westminster, Md./Notre Dame Prep).
In the second set, Muhlenberg never trailed en route to a 10-point victory. Leading 17-14, the Mules scored eight of the final nine points of the second, ending the set on a Sarah Weyhmuller kill. Muhlenberg hit .448 in the second on 14 kills and only one error in 29 attack attempts.
The Shorewomen took a 14-11 lead in the third set on a Daunoras kill, before the Mules went on a 13-7 run to take a 24-21 lead on a finisher by Katherine Boll. The Shorewomen would win the next two points on kills by Daunoras to cut the lead to 24-23, but a kill by Allison Glass gave Muhlenberg the third set victory. Both teams hit well in the third set, with Muhlenberg hitting .410, while Washington hit .341.
Muhlenberg led 18-13 in the fourth set following a service error by Washington before the hosts went on a 12-2 set-closing run to force a fifth and decisive set. Washington would tie the set at 18-18 on a kill by sophomore outside hitter Caitlin Cooney (Gaithersburg, Md./Covenant Life School) and an assisted block by Daunoras and freshman setter Taylor Horan (San Diego, Calif./Point Loma) gave the Shorewomen a 19-18 lead. The Mules would win the next two points to take a 20-19 lead on an Erin Murphy kill. However, the Shorewomen won the final six points of the set to win the fourth by five points. An attack error by Muhlenberg gave WC a 21-20 lead and an assisted block by Horan and freshman middle hitter Alaina Geissberger (Lake Villa, Ill./Grayslake North) clinched the set and finished off the 6-0 run.
The Mules opened the fifth and deciding set strong to take an 8-2 lead on a finisher by Glass. The Shorewomen however countered with an 11-4 run to take a 13-12 lead on a kill by sophomore right-side hitter Alexis Jordan (Royal Palm Beach, Fla./Seminole Ridge). The set was tied at 16-16 following a Daunoras kill before Muhlenberg took the final two points to win the set. Nikki Dickson broke the tie with a kill and set up Joanne Josephson for the set and match clinching kill to give Muhlenberg the five-set triumph.
Boll led all players with 22 kills and did not have an attack error in 35 tries for a .629 hitting percentage as the Mules hit .244 in the match. She also added a match-high nine blocks to just miss a double-double. Glass tallied a double-double with 14 kills and 15 digs, while Josephson added 12 kills. Chelsea Kesar had 25 digs to lead all participants and Elizabeth Garrison tallied 16 digs. Dickson handed out 52 assists to lead all players and fell just short of a double-double with nine digs. Dickson and Garrison led the squad with three service aces each. The Mules had 10 blocks in the contest.
Daunoras had a team-high 16 kills for the Shorewomen, matching her career-high, and had a squad-best four blocks. Junior outside hitter Kristin Lee (Dayton, Md./River Hill) had 11 kills and 14 digs and Horan notched a team-high 49 assists and chipped in with 11 digs to both record double-doubles. Jordan had a career-topping 13 kills, while Cooney registered 12 kills. Sophomore defensive specialist Audrey Utchen (San Ramon, Calif./Monte Vista) had a team-best 18 digs, while fellow classmate, outside hitter/defensive specialist Rachel Baker (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) had 12 digs. Washington hit .215 as a team and had 11 aces, with a match-high four coming from Craig.
There were 34 ties and 17 lead changes in the match between the Mules and Shorewomen.
In the first set against Lancaster Bible, the Shorewomen trailed 17-11 following a Myranda Kemrer service ace before the Shorewomen went on a 14-6 run to rally for a two-point victory in the first set. A Craig service ace tied the set at 18-18 and took the lead for the rest of the set at 19-18 on a bad set by the Chargers. It gave WC its first lead since 6-5. An attack miscue by Lancaster Bible clinched the opening set for the hosts.
Washington won nine of the opening 10 points of the second set to win going away by 16 points. A Daunoras block gave WC a 9-1 lead and she would finish off the second set with a kill.
The two teams were tied 13-13 in the third set before Washington ended the set and match with a 12-6 run. A kill by senior middle hitter Sarah Beresik (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Pleasant Beach) snapped the 13-13 tie and a finisher by freshman outside hitter Hannah Spohn (Port Orchard, Wash./South Kitsap) concluded the contest.
Lee led all players with 15 kills in the match as she hit .467 in the match and Washington hit .284 as a squad in the three-set win. Horan handed out 18 assists, while freshman setter Sarah Bentley (Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown) recorded 14 assists. Craig had 12 digs to lead the team, while Baker recorded her second double figure dig effort of the day with 11. Daunoras had a match-best five rejections and added nine kills. Utchen had four aces to lead all players.
Katie Coomber had 10 kills to lead the Chargers, while Joanna Butala had a match-topping 13 digs. Hannah Derr had a double-double with a contest-best 26 assists to go along with 10 digs. Kemrer had 12 digs and Grace Scheuerman notched 11 digs.
In the middle match of the tri-match, the Mules swept the Chargers, 3-0, (25-19, 25-21, 25-23). Muhlenberg got match-bests of 16 kills and four blocks from Boll and 31 assists from Dickson. Garrison had 15 digs to lead the Mules, while Glass added 14 digs. Lancaster Bible got a match-high 19 digs from Coomber. Derr had 27 assists to lead the Chargers, while Scheuerman had 14 digs and Kemrer notched 11 digs.
The Shorewomen are back in action on Wednesday when they travel to Bryn Mawr for 7:00 p.m. Centennial Conference match.