Horan 46 Assists and 12 Digs; Cooney Ties For Match-Best With 18 Kills and Lee 12 Kills and 17 Digs
WESTMINSTER, Md. – Visiting Washington College closed out the 2014 season on a positive note with a five-set victory, 3-2 (25-21, 22-25, 25-17, 19-25, 15-12), over host McDaniel at the Gill Center in a Centennial Conference volleyball match on Saturday afternoon. The Shorewomen conclude their 2014 season at 19-9 overall and 3-7 in the Centennial, while the Green Terror end their campaign at 18-11 and 3-7 respectively.
Washington finishes 19-9 for the second straight season and tallied a winning record for the third time in the past four years. It is the first time the team has had three winning campaigns in a four-year span since 1988-91. The Shorewomen have also won three of the past four meetings with McDaniel.
In the first set, Washington led 11-9 before going on a 12-6 run to take a 23-15 lead on a service ace by junior middle hitter Jess Daunoras (Shamong, N.J./Seneca). The Shorewomen withstood a late Green Terror charge, clinching the four-point set win on a kill by junior outside hitter Kristin Lee (Dayton, Md./River Hill).
McDaniel evened the match at a set apiece with a three-point win in the second set using a 10-4 run to turn a 12-11 lead into a 22-15 lead on a Kloe Martin finisher. A service error by Washington ended the second set.
The Shorewomen came out strong in the third set, winning the first three points and never trailed in winning by eight. Washington led 20-12, before McDaniel cut it to 22-17 on Reagan Folaron kill, but the Shorewomen ended any comeback hopes with three straight points to clinch the set on a Daunoras kill. WC hit .389 in the set.
The Green Terror forced a fifth set with an 8-2 run after the teams were tied at 17-17. Martin put the hosts ahead for the rest of the set at 18-17 on a kill and Madeline Rose ended the fourth on a kill of her own to send the match to a decisive fifth set.
McDaniel took a 7-5 lead on a Folaron kills and led 9-8 on an attack error by Washington before the Shorewomen ended the set on a 7-3 run to turn a one-point deficit into a four-point win. An attack error by the hosts gave WC the lead for good at 10-9. Martin appeared to have tied the fifth set at 10-10 on a kill, but the officials ruled that her attack attempt hit the antenna for an error and gave the visitors an 11-9 lead. McDaniel was able to defend one set and match point at 14-11, but at 14-12 sophomore right-side hitter Alexis Jordan (Royal Palm Beach, Fla./Seminole Ridge) ended the set and match with a kill to give Washington the five-set win, its second of the year.
Freshman setter Taylor Horan (San Diego, Calif./Point Loma) had a match-best 46 assists and added 12 digs to tally a double-double for the ninth time this year and Lee had 12 kills and 17 digs for her 11th double-double of 2014. Sophomore outside hitter Caitlin Cooney (Gaithersburg, Md./Covenant Life School) had 18 kills to tie for match-high and hit .267, while Jordan notched 12 kills and hit .310 in the win. Daunoras had 11 kills and tied for team high in blocks with four with freshman middle hitter Alaina Geissberger (Lake Villa, Ill./Grayslake North). Sophomore defensive specialist Audrey Utchen (San Ramon, Calif./Monte Vista) had 19 digs to lead the team, while freshman setter/defensive specialist Emma Craig (Westminster, Md./Notre Dame Prep) had 12 digs.
For McDaniel, Rose tied for match-high with 18 kills and hit .533 to lead all players along with four rejections. Lexi Corral had 10 kills and a contest-best six blocks for the Green Terror. Maddie Moyer handed out 31 assists to lead the hosts, while Colette Kellen chipped in with 21 helpers. Genna Weger had 22 digs to lead all players, while Folaron had 10 digs.
The Shorewomen have won 38 matches in the past two seasons, the most in a two-year span since winning 42 total matches in 1993 and 1994.