Shorewomen Rally To Deflect Bullets In Five-Set Thriller

Shorewomen Rally To Deflect Bullets In Five-Set Thriller

Horan Notches 44 Assists and 12 Digs; Lee Tallies 23 Kills and 12 Digs

CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Senior middle hitter Jess Daunoras (Shamong, N.J./Seneca) tallied match-clinching kill in the fifth set as host Washington College rallied from a 2-1 deficit to win the last two sets in a 3-2 (25-20, 15-25, 20-25, 25-23, 15-13) victory over visiting Gettysburg on Saturday afternoon at the Cain Athletic Center in Centennial Conference volleyball action.  The Shorewomen are now 10-5 overall and 1-1 in the conference, while the Bullets drop to 8-7 and 1-1 respectively.

Washington College 3 Gettysburg 2 (25-20, 15-25, 20-25, 25-23, 15-13)

How It Happened
-Washington raced out to a 17-4 lead in the opening set, using runs of six and eight consecutive points to take the 13-point lead.  Gettysburg would claw back within four at 24-20 after scoring five unanswered points before a service error by the Bullets gave the Shorewomen the opening set win.
-In the second set, the Shorewomen led 14-9 on an assisted block by sophomore Alaina Geissberger and freshman Kaitlyn Marino before the Bullets ended the second set on a 16-1 run.  The Bullets took the lead for good in the set on a Stephanie Blair kill at 15-14 and won the set on a Lauren Godshalk finisher.  Gettysburg won eight points of the second set.
-The hosts jumped out to an 8-3 lead in the third set on a Marino kill.  However, the guests rallied to take the third set by five points.  An attack error by WC gave Gettysburg its first lead of the set at 17-16.  A Laura Bergin kill ended the third set.
-Washington came out strong with a 16-8 run to start the fourth set on a kill by senior Kristin Lee.  Gettysburg would go on a 15-6 run of its own to take a 23-22 lead on an attack error by the Shorewomen and were just two points away from a victory.  However the Shorewomen would win the final three points of the set to send it to the decisive fifth set.  An attack miscue by the Bullets leveled the set at 23-23 and Lee delivered a pair of kills to win the 24th and 25th points of the set for the Shorewomen.
-A Lee kill gave WC a 12-7 lead in the fifth set before Gettysburg won the next five points to tie the fifth at 12-12.  The Shorewomen would win the next two points on kills by Lee and Marino respectively to lead 14-12.  The Bullets cut the lead to 14-13 on a Bergin finisher, but Daunoras ended the match on a kill to give Washington the set and match.

For The Shorewomen (10-5, 1-1 CC)
-Lee (23 kills, tied for match-best, and 12 digs), sophomore Taylor Horan (match-high 44 assists, and 12 digs), Daunoras (11 kills and contest-best four blocks), Marino (13 kills), junior Audrey Utchen (team-highs of 23 digs and three aces), sophomore Sarah Bentley (career-high 15 digs), junior Rachel Baker (11 digs).
-Washington had eight service aces and seven blocks in the win.
-Team hit .151 in the match, but hit .370 in the decisive fifth set.

For Gettysburg (8-7, 1-1 CC)
-Blair (team-high 43 assists and 16 digs), Bergin (23 kills to tie for tops in the contest), Alesha Miller (18 digs), Katherine Gilbert (match-toppers of 27 digs and five aces), Courtney Morrow (three blocks).
-The Bullets had 10 aces and six blocks.
-Team hit .162 in the contest.

Notes
-Washington has now downed Gettysburg three straight times in Chestertown (3-2 in 2012 and 3-0 in 2013).  Daunoras had the match-clinching kill in all three wins.
-Lee jumped to second all-time in program history in career kills (1,131) as she passed Katherine O'Brien '08.  O'Brien totaled 1,127 kills in her time at WC.  She is currently fifth all-time in career digs at 1,116, trailing Katie Bierzonski '01 by one dig for fourth place.

Up Next
9/30 v. Catholic – 7:00 p.m.
-Washington topped Catholic in four sets a season ago in Washington, D.C.  Horan passed out a career-high 56 assists that night.
-The Shorewomen have won the last two over the Cardinals, winning a five-set match in 2013 in Chestertown after dropping the first two sets.