Daunoras Career-Best Six Solo Blocks; Lee Tallies 12 Kills and 12 Digs
COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. – Junior middle hitter Jess Daunoras (Shamong, N.J./Seneca) registered a career-best six solo blocks and tied her personal-best in total blocks with seven as visiting Washington College recorded a 3-0 (25-9, 25-18, 28-26) victory over host Ursinus in a Centennial Conference volleyball match on Wednesday night at Helfferich Hall. The Shorewomen improve to 17-7 overall and 2-5 in the Centennial, while the Bears fall to 13-11 and 1-7 respectively.
The Shorewomen took advantage of 12 attack errors by the Bears in the first set to go on to a 16-point victory, finishing the set on a kill by junior outside hitter Kristin Lee (Dayton, Md./River Hill). The Shorewomen scored 20 of the set's final 24 points after both teams were tied at 5-5.
In the second set, Washington won the first five points and never trailed in the set en route to winning by seven. The Shorewomen, who led by as many as eight points on a pair of occasions, clinched the set on a kill by sophomore right-side hitter Alexis Jordan (Royal Palm Beach, Fla./Seminole Ridge).
Ursinus led 24-21 in the third set following a Taylor McCartney block and were one point away from forcing a fourth set before Washington rallied for the set and match victory with a 7-2 run. The Shorewomen scored the next four points to take a 25-24 lead on a service ace by freshman setter/defensive specialist Emma Craig (Westminster, Md./Notre Dame Prep). The Bears would stave off elimination twice to tie it at 26-26 on an Allison Raff finisher. The Shorewomen would win the final two points of the set and match on two attack errors by Ursinus. In the third and final set, Ursinus had 13 attack miscues.
Daunoras for the third time in her career had seven total rejections in a match as the team had 10 blocks in the win. Lee tallied her ninth double-double of the year with a match-high 12 kills to go along with 12 digs. On her final dig of the night, she tallied her 900th career dig. Freshman setter Sarah Bentley (Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown) had 27 assists to lead all players, while sophomore defensive specialist Audrey Utchen (San Ramon, Calif./Monte Vista) had 21 digs to top all participants.
Gina Powers handed out 19 assists to lead the Bears, while Leah Masiello had 13 digs and Karla Thiele notched 10 digs.
The Shorewomen will host Franklin & Marshall and Goucher in a tri-match on Saturday. Washington will host F&M in a Centennial Conference match at noon and Goucher in a non-conference contest at 4:00 p.m. Goucher and F&M will play a non-conference match at 2:00 p.m.