Shorewomen Volleyball Tops Misericordia Before Being Downed by Host Susquehanna

Shorewomen Volleyball Tops Misericordia Before Being Downed by Host Susquehanna

SELINSGROVE, Pa. – The Washington College volleyball team went 1-1 in the second and final day of the 10th Annual Hampton Inn Crusader Classic at Houts Gym on the campus of Susquehanna on Saturday afternoon. The Shorewomen swept Misericordia (25-18, 25-18, 25-12) in their first match of the day before losing in four sets to host Susquehanna (25-19, 26-24, 17-25, 25-20).  Washington is now 8-5 on the season, going 2-2 in the tournament this weekend.

Washington College 3 Misericordia 0 (25-18, 25-18, 25-12)

How It Happened
-In the opening set, the teams were tied at 9-9 when Washington scored three straight points to take the lead for good in the set at 12-9.  Senior Kristin Lee had the go ahead kill and freshman Kaitlyn Marino had the next two in the three-point run.  The first set ended on a kill by sophomore Alaina Geissberger
-Misericordia led 12-8 in the second set following an attack miscue by WC when the Shorewomen countered with a set closing 17-6 run to win by seven.  The Shorewomen took the lead the lead for good on a service error by the Cougars and ended the set on a service ace by sophomore Taylor Horan.
-Washington led by as many as 16 points in the third and final set and ended the set and match on senior Jess Daunoras kill.

For The Shorewomen (8-4)
-Horan had 27 assists to lead all players and junior Audrey Utchen had 15 digs to lead all participants.
-Daunoras had nine kills and a match-high five aces.
-Team hit .315 and served up 11 aces.

For Misericordia (4-9)
-Got 10 digs and nine kills from Meghan Stack.
-Nicole Tagerty handed out 23 assists for the Cougars.
-Team hit .090.

Susquehanna 3 Washington College 1 (25-19, 26-24, 17-25, 25-20)

How It Happened
-Trailing 13-12, the Crusaders went on a 13-6 set-closing run to take the first set.  Susquehanna took the lead for good at 14-13 on a Washington attack error.  A service ace by Sarah Paluck ended the opening set.
-Down 24-21 in the second set, the Shorewomen won three straight points to even the set at 24-24 on an attack miscue by the Crusaders.  However, a Maggie O'Hearn kill and a WC attack error gave Susquehanna the final two points of the second set and the set victory.
-The Shorewomen never trailed in the third set en route to the eight point win.  A 5-0 run broke open the set and Washington a 16-8 lead on an assisted block by Geissberger and junior Alexis Jordan.  The closest the Crusaders got the rest of the set was five points at 17-12.  An attack error by the hosts ended the third set.
-Susquehanna raced out to a 10-4 lead in the fourth set on a Leana Carvin service ace.  Washington got the set within 23-20 on an assisted block by Daunoras and Marino, but the Crusaders won the last two points of the set and match.  The hosts secured the win on an attack miscue by WC.

For the Shorewomen (8-5)
-Double-doubles by Lee and Horan.  Lee tallied 18 kills, to tie for match-high, and a squad-best 15 digs, while Horan handed out a team-topping 38 assists to go along with 13 digs.
-Daunoras tallied 12 kills and had a match-best four blocks. 
-Junior Rachel Baker had 12 digs, while Utchen added 11 digs.
-Washington hit .234 and had eight service aces in the match, but also served up 10 errors.

For Susquehanna (10-5)
-Got a match-best 49 assists to go along with 13 digs from O'Hearn.
-Erin Byrne had 18 kills to tie for match-best and hit .441 in the victory.
-Marykate Sherkness totaled 17 kills, while Carvin had 11 finishers.
-Paluck had 23 digs to lead all players, while Corinne Eidle had 16 digs.
-Crusaders hit .255 in the win.

Notes
-Daunoras with her four blocks versus Susquehanna and one against Misericordia became the second Shorewoman to tally 300 career blocks.  She joined Marcie McConville '06 in the 300 club on an assisted block to give Washington an 8-5 lead in the third set.  She now has 301 for her career.
-The Shorewomen and Cougars met for the first time this afternoon.
-Washington and Susquehanna played for the fourth time.  The Crusaders swept all three previous meetings in 1987, 1995 and 2002, with the first two being sweeps in a best-of-three format.  With today's four set win, Susquehanna has won 10 of the 11 all-time sets.
-Chestertown native Emma Kruhm is a freshman on the Susquehanna volleyball team.

Up Next
9/24 @ Goucher – 7:00 p.m. (Non-Conference match)
-40th all-time meeting with its Free State rival as the Shorewomen lead the all-time series 22-17.
-Washington won both meetings last year in three sets.
-The Shorewomen have won the prior five meetings dating back to 2011.