Marino Named MVP and Geissberger Earns Spot on All-Tournament Team
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – The Washington College volleyball team won its second DeSales Invitational championship in three years as the Shorewomen completed a perfect 4-0 weekend with two wins In the second day of the DeSales Invitational on Saturday afternoon at Billera Gym. In the first match of the day, Washington held off a rally from host DeSales in the fifth set to win, 3-2 (22-25, 28-26, 25-22, 19-25, 15-13), and completed its 4-for-4 weekend sweeping Rutgers-Camden, 3-0 (25-19, 25-22, 25-15). Junior outside hitter Kaitlyn Marino (Redding, Conn./Joel Barlow) was named the invitational's MVP, while senior middle hitter Alaina Geissberger (Lake Villa, Ill./Grayslake North) was named to the all-tournament team.
Washington College 3 DeSales 2 (22-25, 28-26, 25-22, 19-25, 15-13)
How It Happened
-Trailing 18-12 in the first set, the Shorewomen went on a 9-1 run to take a 21-19 lead on an attack error by the Bulldogs. DeSales however would respond by closing the set on a 6-1 run to win by three. Morgan Shoemaker closed out the set on a kill.
-The Bulldogs took a 25-24 lead on a serving miscue by the Shorewomen and had a chance to take a 2-0 lead, but the Shorewomen won four of the final five points to even the match. Marino put Washington ahead 27-26 and Marino teamed up with Geissberger to block a Bulldogs' attack attempt to clinch the second set.
-Madison Felty gave the hosts a 22-18 lead in the third set before the guests scored seven straight points to capture the third. Lizzie Baden and Kylie Peets blocked an attack attempt by DeSales to put WC ahead for good at 23-22 and an attack miscue by the Bulldogs sealed the third for Washington.
-Leading 22-19 in the fourth set, DeSales scored the final three points to send the match to a fifth and decisive set. Julie DePuyt served up an ace to finish the fourth.
-In the fifth set, Peets capped a 7-1 run by Washington to give the visitors a 14-8 lead on a kill from Taylor Horan before DeSales won five consecutive points to trim the lead to 14-13 on a Felty finisher. The Shorewomen ended the set and match on a Baden kill from Horan as WC hit .269 in the final set.
For The Shorewomen (3-0)
-Marino (13 kills and team-high 15 digs), Horan (team-best 39 assists and 11 digs), Cassie Kowalski (team-best 15 kills and match-high five service aces), Geissberger (10 kills and match-topping seven blocks), Amy Rohn (career-high 14 digs), Abby Smith (squad-high 16 digs).
-Team hit .173 in the contest, notched 11 rejections and served nine aces.
For DeSales (2-1)
-Gabby Savite' (match-best 20 kills and 17 digs), Natalie Gray (contest-high 23 digs), Julia Bradford (53 assists), Grace Merritt (13 kills), Shoemaker (12 kills), Felty (10 kills and team-high five blocks), Taylor Aron (13 digs and three aces), DePuyt (three aces).
-Bulldogs had a .161 attack percentage, seven blocks and eight aces.
Washington College 3 Rutgers-Camden 0 (25-19, 25-22, 25-15)
How It Happened
-Leading 13-10 in the opening set, Washington went on a 9-4 run to take a 22-14 lead on a Baden kill. Kowalski ended the opening set with a kill to give Washington a six-point win.
-The Shorewomen and Scarlet Raptors were tied 22-22 in the second set when WC won the last three points to take a 2-0 lead. Kowalski gave the Shorewomen a 23-22 lead on a kill and Marino ended the middle set on a finisher from Horan.
-In the third set, the Shorewomen closed out the set and match on a 9-1 run to turn a 16-14 lead into a 25-15 win. Marino ended the contest with a kill on a feed from Horan.
For The Shorewomen (4-0)
-Marino (11 kills and 10 digs), Horan (32 assists and 11 digs to lead all players in both categories), Geissberger (match-bests of five blocks and three aces).
-Washington had six aces in the win and seven blocks.
-Team hit .217 in the win.
For Rutgers-Camden (2-2)
-Jordan Erskine and Cortnee Wilkerson (seven kills), Meghan Gallagher (team-best 10 digs), Caitlynn Marcano (nine assists).
-Scarlet Raptors hit .037 as a team and tallied five aces.
-Since Washington started attending the invitational in 2015, the Shorewomen are 11-1 with the lone setback to DeSales in 2016. The Shorewomen have won 33 of 39 sets.
-Bulldogs and Shorewomen have split eight meetings in the all-time series that dates back to 1991.
-Marino joins Jess Daunoras '16 as the two Washington players who have won the MVP of the invitational. Daunoras captured the honor in 2015.
-Geissberger was named to the all-tournament team for the second straight year.
-Washington leads Rutgers-Camden 4-0 in the all-time series in a series that started in 2013.
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-Shorewomen downed the Gophers in four sets in 2015 and lead the all-time series 23-17.