Fords Prevail In Five-Setter Over Shorewomen

Fords Prevail In Five-Setter Over Shorewomen

Lee Totals 14 Kills and 19 Digs

CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Visiting Haverford won four of the last five points in the fifth set to turn a 12-11 deficit into a 15-13 set win as the Fords downed host Washington College, 3-2 (24-26, 25-23, 25-14, 23-25, 15-13) on Wednesday evening at the Cain Athletic Center in a Centennial Conference volleyball match.  The Fords improve to 20-8 overall and 8-1 in the Centennial, while the Shorewomen fall to 18-9 and 2-7 respectively.

With the fifth and deciding set tied a 3-3, Haverford went on a 5-1 run to take an 8-4 lead on a Meg O'Day kill.  Washington however would score the next five points to take a 9-8 lead on a ball handling error by the Fords.  The hosts took a 12-11 lead on a kill by junior outside hitter Kristin Lee (Dayton, Md./River Hill) before the guests scored four of the final five points to capture the set and match.  A Valentine Courouble kill knotted the set at 12-12 and an O'Day finisher gave the Fords a 13-12 lead and led to a Washington timeout.  The Shorewomen would even the set at 13-13 on an unassisted kill by freshman middle hitter Alaina Geissberger (Lake Villa, Ill./Grayslake North).  Haverford would take the lead for good at 14-13 on an Elena Garcia kill and clinched the two-point victory on a kill by O'Day.  O'Day had six of her match-high 20 kills in the fifth set.

In the first set, WC led 23-20 following a kill by junior middle hitter Jess Daunoras (Shamong, N.J./Seneca) before Haverford won four of the next five points to tie the set at 24-24 on a Zoe Wong kill.  However back-to-back attack errors by the Fords gave the Shorewomen a two-point win in the opening set. 

The first set win for Washington ended a 28-set losing streak to Haverford that dated back to the October 5, 2004 when the Shorewomen won the fourth set 30-28 in a match that the Fords would win in five sets.  Haverford had won the last nine matches in three sets.

The Fords led 22-18 in the second set on a kill Courouble before the hosts went on a 5-1 run to even the set at 23-23 on a Lee kill.  Haverford would take a 24-23 lead on an O'Day finisher and clinched the second set at 25-23 on a service ace by Madison Fuelling.

Haverford took control of the third set with a 6-1 run to turn an 8-6 lead into a 14-7 cushion on a Courourble kill.  The Fords took a 2-1 lead in sets with an Olivia Walsh kill in an 11-point set win.

In the fourth set, the Fords led 16-9 on a Wong kill before the Shorewomen went on a 13-2 run to take a 22-18 lead on a Daunoras service ace.  The Fords would trim the lead to 24-23 on an attack error by Washington, but the hosts would force a fifth set on an assisted block by Geissberger and sophomore right-side hitter Alexis Jordan (Royal Palm Beach, Fla./Seminole Ridge) to give Washington its second two-point set triumph of the night and force a fifth and deciding set.

In addition to O'Day's 20 kills, two other Fords had double figures in kills.  Keri Godbe had 14 kills and 15 digs to record a double-double and Courouble had 11 finishers.  Wong notched a double-double with a team-best 28 assists to go along with 10 digs.  Fuelling had 14 digs and a match-best four service aces for the Fords.  Also tallying double digit digs were Jeanna Kenney with a squad-high 18, Sarah Brody (16) and Garcia (10).  Walsh handed out 25 assists for Haverford and Kaylynn Mayo had five blocks to lead all players.

Sophomore outside hitter Caitlin Cooney (Gaithersburg, Md./Covenant Life School) had 16 kills to lead the Shorewomen, while Daunoras hammered down 13 kills, hit .385 and served up a team-best three aces.  Lee tallied her 10th double-double of the year with 14 kills and 19 digs.  Sophomore defensive specialist Audrey Utchen (San Ramon, Calif./Monte Vista) had 24 digs to lead all players.  Freshman setter Taylor Horan (San Diego, Calif./Point Loma) had 48 assists to top all participants.  Daunoras and Geissberger had three blocks each to lead the Shorewomen.

Four of the five sets in the contest were determined by two points.  There were 30 ties and 14 lead changes in the match. 

Washington will conclude its 2014 season on Saturday afternoon when they travel to McDaniel for a 1:00 p.m. Centennial Conference match.