Shorewomen Split Tri-Match - Best Gophers and Fall To Diplomats

Shorewomen Split Tri-Match - Best Gophers and Fall To Diplomats

Cooney Tallies 15 Kills Versus F&M

CHESTERTOWN, Md. – The Washington College volleyball team split a pair of matches against visiting Franklin & Marshall and Goucher at the Cain Athletic Center on Saturday afternoon.  The Shorewomen fell in four sets to F&M, 3-1 (25-19, 15-25, 25-18, 25-15), in a Centennial Conference volleyball match and swept Goucher, 3-0, (25-11, 25-10, 25-15), in a non-conference contest.  The Shorewomen are now 18-8 overall and 2-6 in the Centennial, while the Diplomats improve to 15-11 and 4-4 respectively.  The Gophers drop to 9-20 on the year.

Against Franklin & Marshall, the Diplomats snapped a 9-9 in the first set with a 9-4 run to take an 18-13 lead on a Julie Harvey kill.  The Shorewomen would score five of the next seven points to trim the lead to 20-18 on an unassisted kill by sophomore outside hitter Caitlin Cooney (Gaithersburg, Md./Covenant Life School).  However, F&M would finish the set on a 5-1 run to end the set on a Harvey finisher for the six-point win.

The Shorewomen would even the match with a 10-point victory in the second set and ended a 69-set losing streak to the Diplomats.  It was WC's first set victory over F&M since a 15-11 win in the opening set on October 27, 1992 in Chestertown in a match the Diplomats would go on to win in four sets.  The Shorewomen took control of the set with an 8-1 run to turn a 6-6 tie into a 14-7 lead on a Cooney kill.  After the Diplomats cut the lead to 14-11 on a finisher by Sarah Landry, the Shorewomen went on another big run, this time an 8-1 spurt to take a 22-12 lead on a service ace by sophomore defensive specialist Audrey Utchen (Monte Vista, Calif./San Ramon).  The Shorewomen would officially end the set-losing streak on a service error by the guests.

F&M jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the third set on a Harvey kill before Washington won on a 14-4 spurt to take a 14-9 lead on a Cooney kill.  However, the Diplomats would win 16 of the set's final 20 points to come away with a seven-point set triumph.  A kill by Ellie Ezekiel put F&M ahead for good in the set at 18-17 and Caroline Hubbard posted a kill to end the set.

In the fourth set, F&M used an 18-6 run to turn a 6-4 deficit into a 22-12 lead on an Ezekiel kill.  After three straight points by the Shorewomen reduced the lead to 22-15 on a Cooney kill, the Diplomats won the last three points of the set and match, clinching the victory on a Hubbard kill. 

Ezekiel had a match-best 20 kills and added 15 digs to tie for team high in registering a double-double.   She also tied with teammate Cassie Garison for tops in the match in blocks with four.  Alyssa Sanchez also had 15 digs, to tie with Ezekiel for team-best, and had three aces to tie for tops in the contest.  Hubbard also notched a double-double with 14 digs and a match-best 42 assists.  Harvey had 13 kills as the Diplomats hit .236 in the win.

Cooney hit .361 and had 15 kills to lead the Shorewomen in the match.  Joining Cooney in double figures in kills was junior middle hitter Jess Daunoras (Shamong, N.J./Seneca) with 10 and the junior led the team in blocks with three.  Utchen had 18 digs to lead all players and her and Daunoras had three aces to tie for match-high with F&M's Sanchez.  Freshman setter Taylor Horan (San Diego, Calif./Point Loma) had 30 assists to lead the hosts.

The Shorewomen would rebound to down their in-state rival Goucher in three sets.  The Shorewomen won nine straight points to take a 10-1 lead and control of the first set on a kill by junior outside hitter Kristin Lee (Dayton, Md./River Hill).  The 14-point win was capped by a Cooney kill as she had final three points of the set, all on kills.

WC never trailed in the second set en route to the 15-point win.  WC led by as many as 16 points at 22-6 on a Lee kill.  Daunoras ended the set with a kill.

In the third and final set, the Gophers used a 5-0 run to turn a 9-6 deficit into an 11-9 lead on a service ace by Michelle Tweedie.  The Shorewomen would finish strong however, winning 19 of the set's final 23 points to win by 10.  A Daunoras service ace broke a 12-12 tie and give WC the lead for the rest of the match.  A block by Daunoras and freshman setter Sarah Bentley (Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown) end the set and match.

Washington, which hit .310 in the win over Goucher, got 14 kills from Lee and 10 kills and a match high four blocks from Daunoras.  Horan handed out 23 assists in the opening two sets and Bentley passed out 13 helpers in the third set.  Freshman setter/defensive specialist Emma Craig (Westminster, Md./Notre Dame Prep) had 12 digs to lead all players.  Utchen had three service aces to lead all players.

Goucher got a team-best three blocks from Hannah Kuehl and a pair of service aces from Tweedie.

F&M beat Goucher in three sets (25-15, 25-19, 25-13) in the middle match.  Ezekiel and Harvey had 11 kills to lead F&M, while Landry added 10 digs.  Ezekiel had a match-high 14 digs to record her second double-double of the day.  Hubbard handed out 29 assists in the win.  For the Gophers, Val Kirsch had 11 digs and Sarah Johnson had 14 assists to lead the way for Goucher.

The Shorewomen have their home finale on Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. against Haverford in Centennial Conference action.