Shorewomen Split Pair of Matches in Day One of Knights Invitational

Shorewomen Split Pair of Matches in Day One of Knights Invitational

WC Rallies From Two Sets Down to Outlast SUNY Canton in Five; Swept by Arcadia

GLENSIDE, Pa. – The Washington College volleyball team split a pair of matches on Friday in the first day of the Knights Invitational at Alumni Gym in a pair of non-conference volleyball matches.  In the team's second match, the Shorewomen rallied from two sets down to top SUNY Canton, 3-2 (24-26, 17-25, 25-23, 25-18, 15-11) after falling to host Arcadia, 3-0 (25-13, 25-20, 25-15) in the first match of the invitational.    

Arcadia 3 Washington College 0 (25-13, 25-20, 25-15)

How It Happened
- The Knights used a 6-1 run to take control of the first set that turned a 2-2 tie into an 8-3 lead on a service ace by Mackenzie Hale.  The Shorewomen would get within 13-11 on a service ace by Olivia Portera before Arcadia closed out the set on a 12-2 run, clinching it on a WC ball handling error.
- Arcadia raced out to an 8-1 lead in the second set on an assisted block by Katie Wilson and Shannon Ryan.  Washington would get it within 12-10 on a service error by Arcadia before the Knights went on a 9-4 run to take a 21-14 lead on a Lauren Enfield kill.  Ryan ended the set with a kill to give the hosts a five-point win.
- Trailing 7-6 in the third set, Arcadia won five straight points to take an 11-7 lead on a Becca Campf kill and the four points ignited a 11-2 run to give the Knights a 17-9 lead on a Kayla Resh service ace.  The Knights clinched the match on an ace by Miranda Baronett

For The Shorewomen (10-2)
- Taylor Horan (16 assists), Abby Smith (six kills and eight digs), Portera (career-highs of three aces and eight digs)
- The Shorewomen hit .000 in the match while picking up four aces. 

For Arcadia (9-3)
- Colleen Stengel (match-high 23 assists), Enfield (match-best 11 digs), Emily Eng (10 digs), Ryan (11 kills and three blocks to lead all players).
- The Knights hit .227 in the contest and notched 10 aces.

Washington College 3 SUNY Canton 2 (24-26, 17-25, 25-23, 25-18, 15-11)

How It Happened
- Washington led 22-15 in the first set before SUNY Canton scored five straight points to cut the lead to 22-20 on an attack error by the Shorewomen.  The Shorewomen took the next two points to lead 24-20 on a Horan kill.   However, the Kangaroos bounced back to capture the set by winning the last six points.  Tatum LaFrance put Canton ahead 25-24 on a kill and Peyton Robinson clinched the set with a kill to give the Kangaroos the comeback first set win.
- Tied 7-7 in the second set, Canton went on an 8-2 run to take a 15-9 lead on an attack miscue by the Shorewomen.  Shea Norton clinched the set on a finisher to give the Kangaroos a 2-0 lead.
- Trailing 22-19 in the third set, the Kangaroos scored three straight points to tie the set at 22-22 on an ace by Robinson.  Cassie Kowalski would put WC back ahead for good in the third on a kill at 23-22 and an attack error by Canton made it 24-22 Washington.  After an attack error by the Shorewomen to cut the lead to 24-23, Horan finished the set off with a kill to give WC a two-point win.
- The Shorewomen came out flying in the fourth set scoring 12 of the set's first 16 points to lead 12-4 following a finisher by Alaina Geissberger.  With WC ahead 20-11, they withstood a 7-1 run that cut its lead to 21-18 on an attack miscue to win the set and force a fifth and decisive set.  Washington scored the final four points to win by seven with Horan notching her second straight set clinching kill.
- Leading 11-10 in the fifth set, the Shorewomen won four of the last five points to win the set and match.  Isabella Sansanelli made it 12-10 on a kill and a solo block by Geissberger clinched the win for Washington.    

For The Shorewomen (11-2)
- Horan (31 assists and 16 digs), Abby Hilty (career-best 20 digs), Smith (10 kills and 17 digs, career-highs in both and first career double-double), Kowalski (11 kills, 11 digs and three aces), Geissberger (13 kills and two blocks).
- Washington hit .062 as a team and had eight service aces.

For SUNY Canton (3-8)
- Robinson (32 assists,11 digs and three aces), Norton (12 digs and three aces), Jenna Roat (17 digs), Jordan Dormady (nine kills).
- The Kangaroos were held to a .067 hitting percentage by the WC defense, while notching 10 aces.

Notes
- The team has its best mark after 13 matches in 40 years as the 1977 team also opened 11-2.  The 1977 edition opened up 13-2.
- Washington leads the all-time series against Arcadia 6-2.  The Shorewomen won the first six meetings against the Knights (2007-11 and 2015), while the Knights have won the last two meetings (2016-17).
- This was the first-ever meeting between the Shorewomen and the Kangaroos.

Up Next
9/23 v. Elizabethtown – 11:00 a.m. (Knights Invitational)
9/23 v. New Rochelle – 3:00 p.m. (Knights Invitational)
- Washington is playing Elizabethtown for the first time since 2012 and New Rochelle for the first time.