Ending On A Good Note: Shorewomen Rally From 2-0 Down To Best Green Terror In Five Sets In Season Finale

Ending On A Good Note: Shorewomen Rally From 2-0 Down To Best Green Terror In Five Sets In Season Finale

Horan Tallies 36 Assists and 15 Digs for Double-Double and Notches 2,500th Career Assist; Geissberger Nets Seven Blocks

CHESTERTOWN, Md. – The Washington College volleyball team won the final three sets after losing the first two sets to down host McDaniel, 3-2 (20-25, 21-25, 25-18, 25-22, 15-12) on Saturday afternoon in Centennial Conference volleyball action at the Gill Center.  It was the season finale for both the Shorewomen and the Green Terror.

Washington College 3 McDaniel 2 (20-25, 21-25, 25-18, 25-22, 15-12)

How It Happened
- In the first set, the teams were tied 19-19 when McDaniel won six of the last seven points to win the set by five.  An attack error by the Shorewomen gave the Green Terror the lead for good in the set and a Lexi Corral kill clinched it for the hosts.
- The Green Terror scored six of the last eight points of the second set to win 25-21 after being tied at 19-19.  Caroline Savin and Patricia Davie had an assisted block to give McDaniel the lead for good in the set and a Corral and Allie Lugar assisted rejection gave McDaniel a four-point win and a two-set lead.
- Trailing 15-14 in the third set, the Shorewomen finished off the set with an 11-3 run to win by seven points.  A block by the tandem of Alaina Geissberger and Cassie Kowalski gave WC the lead for good in the third at 16-15 and an attack miscue by the Green Terror sent the match to a fourth set.  In the set, Taylor Horan reached 2,500 career assists on a kill by Alexis Jordan that tied the set at 14-14.
- Washington raced out to a 19-11 lead in the fourth set on a Jordan kill before holding off a McDaniel charge.  With the guests leading 24-22, Kaitlyn Marino sent it to a fifth set with a kill.
-  In the fifth set, the Shorewomen rolled off six unanswered points to take a 6-1 lead on an attack miscue by McDaniel.  The Green Terror however would answer with an 8-3 run to level the fifth set at 9-9 on a combined block by Corral and Lugar.  With the set tied at 12-12, Washington won the final three points to win the set and match.  A ball handling error by the Green Terror put the Shorewomen ahead 13-12 and back-to-back kills by Geissberger won the set and match for WC.  Prior to Geissberger's kill to end the contest, Audrey Utchen tallied her 1,600th and final career dig.
 
For The Shorewomen (12-13, 3-7 CC)
- Horan (36 assists, 15 digs and three blocks), Marino (team-high 15 kills, three blocks and two aces), Rachel Baker (15 digs and two aces), Geissberger (10 kills, hit .318 and tied for match-high in blocks with seven), Utchen (team-high 18 digs), Jordan and Kowalski (three blocks),
- Shorewomen had eight service aces and 11 blocks in the victory.
- Washington hit .136 as a team.

For McDaniel (12-15, 3-7 CC)
- Lugar (match-high 20 kills, 10 digs and four blocks), Corral (seven blocks to tie for tops in match, contest-high three aces and 10 kills), Lauren Wells (17 assists), Maddie Moyer (28 assists to lead team and 15 digs), 11 kills, three aces and hit .533), Taylor Bauman (contest-best 29 digs), Genna Weger (17 digs), Davie and Savin (three blocks), Abigail Hernandez (12 digs).
- The Green Terror had eight aces and 10 blocks in the contest.
- McDaniel hit .123 in the five-set contest.

Notes
- Horan now has 2,519 assists in her career, joining Caitlin Ward '10 (3,303) and Lauren White '14 (2,708) as the only three WC players to tally 2,500 career helpers in a WC uniform.
- Utchen, the program's all-time leader in digs, finishes with exactly 1,600 career digs.
- Washington has now won five of the last six over McDaniel and three straight in Westminster, winning in 2011, 2014 and 2016.  The Shorewomen downed the Green Terror in Chestertown in 2012 and 2015.
- It was the team's first five-set win after losing the first two sets since September 18, 2015 when Washington rallied to top Penn State-Behrend at Susquehanna.
- Baker and Marino tied for the team-high in aces with a pair.
- Today marked the final contest in a Washington uniform for Baker, Jordan and Utchen.
- There were 26 ties and 11 lead changes in the match.