Shorewomen Split Pair of Five-Set Matches

Shorewomen Split Pair of Five-Set Matches

Fall To Franklin & Marshall In First Match Before Downing Salisbury In Second Match

CHESTERTOWN, Md. – The Washington College volleyball split a pair of five-set matches in a home tri-match on Saturday afternoon at the Cain Athletic Center.  In the opening contest against Franklin & Marshall, F&M outlasted WC, 3-2 (25-14, 23-25, 29-27, 19-25, 18-16) and in the last match of the tri-match, the Shorewomen edged Salisbury, 3-2 (26-24, 13-25, 11-25, 25-20, 18-16).  In the middle of the three matches, Salisbury swept F&M, 3-0 (26-24, 25-14, 25-21). 

Franklin & Marshall 3 Washington College 2 (25-14, 23-25, 29-27, 19-25, 18-16)

How It Happened
- In the first set, F&M snapped a 3-3 tie with a 7-1 run to take a 10-4 lead on an attack error by the Shorewomen.  The Diplomats, who hit .560 in the opening set, clinched the set on an attack miscue by Washington.
- Tied 23-23 in the second, the Shorewomen won the final two points to take the set.  Alexis Jordan made it 24-23 on a solo block and a Lizzie Baden kill won the set for Washington.
- Washington led 24-23 in the third set before Franklin & Marshall tied it a kill by Ellie Ezekiel to stave off set point.  The Diplomats broke a 27-27 tie on a service error by the Shorewomen and won the set on a service ace by Christine Yoo.
- The two squads were tied 10-10 in the fourth set before Washington won four straight points to take a 14-10 lead on a ball handling error by F&M.  The Shorewomen would not trail the rest of the set and a service miscue by the Diplomats sent the contest to a fifth and decisive set.
- F&M took a 12-6 lead in the fifth set on a kill by Ezekiel before Washington went on a 9-2 run to take a 15-14 lead on an attack error by the Diplomats.  Tied at 16-16, an attack error by WC and a Yoo kill respectively won the set and match for F&M.

For The Shorewomen (10-12, 2-6 CC)
- Audrey Utchen (team-best 23 digs), Taylor Horan (39 assists to lead team and 12 digs), Kaitlyn Marino (team-high 15 kills and 12 digs), Cassie Kowalski (10 kills and three aces to tie for match-high), Rachel Baker (12 digs), Sarah Bentley (14 digs), Alaina Geissberger (contest-best six blocks), Jordan (four blocks), Lizzie Baden (12 kills)
- WC had four aces and 10 blocks in match.

For Franklin & Marshall (16-7, 5-3 CC)
- Lydia Budd (53 assists to lead all participants to go along with 12 digs and two blocks), Ezekiel (21 kills, 18 digs and three aces), Parys Zambas (12 digs), Yoo (11 kills, .304 hitting percentage and two blocks), Shae Murphy (10 digs), Mary Leneweaver (28 digs for match-high and three aces to tie for match-best), Grace Polisano (19 kills and 10 digs)
- The Diplomats had 11 aces and four blocks.
- F&M won the match despite committing nine ball handling errors.

Washington College 3 Salisbury 2 (26-24, 13-25, 11-25, 25-20, 18-16)

How It Happened
- In the first set with the team tied at 24-24, kills by Marino and Jordan respectively gave Washington a 26-24 win.  In the first, Salisbury hit .372 and Washington hit .342 and the teams combined for just five attack errors.
- Tied 5-5 in the second set, Salisbury rolled off five straight points to take a 10-5 lead on a Rachel Dubbs service ace.  The 5-0 run ignited a set-closing 20-8 run as an attack error by the Shorewomen ended the second.
- Leading 7-6 in the third set, the Sea Gulls won five straight points to take a 12-6 lead on a Shannon Russell ace.  The spurt started an 18-5 run to end the set as Katie Stouffer clinched the set with a kill as the Sea Gulls won by 14.  Salisbury hit .611 in the third set.
- After being outscored 50-24 in the second and third set, Washington answered with a five-point win the fourth set.  The Shorewomen, who hit .333 in the fourth, led by as many as seven at 19-12 on a Horan kill from Bentley.  A service error by Salisbury sent the match to a fifth set.
- Hailey Dougherty gave the Sea Gulls an 8-5 lead in the fifth set on a kill to give the guests their biggest lead of the fifth.  The Shorewomen answered with a 7-2 run to take a 12-10 lead on a Baden kill.  After Salisbury won three straight points to take a 13-12 lead on a Stouffer finisher, Washington answered with taking three of the next four points to take a 15-14 lead on an attack blunder by Salisbury.  The Sea Gulls would respond with the next two points to take a 16-15 lead on an attack miscue by the Shorewomen.  Kowalski would even the set at 16-16 and started a 3-0 set and match ending run for WC.  Bentley gave the hosts a 17-16 lead on an ace and an attack error by the Sea Gulls gave the Shorewomen the set and match.

For The Shorewomen (11-12)
- Marino (team-high 17 kills and 11), Horan (48 assists to tie for match-high), Kowalski (13 kills), Geissberger (five rejections to lead all players), Baker (13 digs), Utchen (match-best 17 digs), Bentley (14 digs), Baden (three blocks)
- Washington had seven aces in the win and six blocks.

For Salisbury (17-7)
- Stouffer (28 kills, four blocks and hit .383), Nicole Venturelli (14 kills), Dubbs (48 assists to tie for match-best, 13 digs and contest-high five aces), Gina Fischetti (14 digs), Russell (squad-best 15 digs), Krista Pecenka (three aces)
- The Sea Gulls lost despite hitting .253 as a team.
- Salisbury had 12 aces and eight blocks in the contest.

Salisbury 3 Franklin & Marshall 0 (26-24, 25-14, 25-21)

For Franklin & Marshall (16-8)
- Ezekiel (13 kills to tie for match-best and 10 digs), Leneweaver (12 digs), Budd (28 assists)

For Salisbury (17-6)
- Stouffer (13 kills to tie for contest-high), Dubbs (26 assists), Venturelli (10 kills)

Notes
- WC downed Salisbury for the second straight year.
- It was Washington's first home win over Salisbury since a 2-1 victory on October 12, 1994.
- Prior to today, the last time the Shorewomen won two in a row over the Sea Gulls was on October 1 and October 12 in 1994, winning both 2-1.
- The Shorewomen took the Diplomats to five sets for the first time in Centennial matches since the conference was formed for all sports in 1993.
- With 87 assists today, Horan sits just 54 helpers away from 2,500 career assists as she has 2,446.

Up Next
10/26 v. Haverford – 7:00 p.m. (Centennial Conference Match)
- Home finale for Washington.