Shorewomen One Up and One Down In Second Day of Knights Invitational

Shorewomen One Up and One Down In Second Day of Knights Invitational

Smith Garners Spot on All-Tournament Team

GLENSIDE, Pa. – The Washington College volleyball team went 1-1 in the second day and final day of the Knights Invitational at Arcadia University on Saturday at Alumni Gym.  In the first match of the day, Washington fell to Elizabethtown, 3-0 (26-24, 25-18, 25-16), before sweeping New Rochelle, 3-0 (25-20, 26-24, 25-19).  Freshman outside hitter Abby Smith (Mechanicsburg, Pa./Cumberland Valley) was named to the all-tournament team.

Elizabethtown 3 Washington College 0 (26-24, 25-18, 25-16)

How It Happened
-Washington led 20-17 in the first set before Elizabethtown staged a 9-4 set closing run to win by two.  An attack error by the Shorewomen gave the Blue Jays a 25-24 lead and a Sarah Schneider service ace ended the set. 
-The Blue Jays jumped out to a 10-4 lead in the second set on a Gabby Anders ace on their way to an eight-point win.  An attack error by the Shorewomen clinched the set for Elizabethtown, who never trailed in the second set.
-Elizabethtown, who never trailed in the third set either, opened the set on a 6-1 run as they capped it on a Schneider ace.  Mackenzie Garner clinched the set and match on a finisher.

For The Shorewomen (11-3)
-Cassie Kowalski (team-best nine kills and match-high five service aces), Taylor Horan (team-best 19 assists), Alaina Geissberger (match-topping six blocks), Amy Rohn (team-best 12 digs). 
-Team hit .107 in the contest, notched seven rejections and served three aces.
-Geissberger factored into six of the team's seven blocks

For Elizabethtown (8-3)
-Elle Shatto (match-best 11 kills), Aiyana Tietze-Di Toro (contest-high 18 digs), Anders (33 assists), Garner (10 kills and four blocks), Schneider (four aces).
-Blue Jays had a .224 attack percentage, seven blocks and 10 aces.

Washington College 3 New Rochelle 0 (25-20, 26-24, 25-19)

How It Happened
-Trailing 13-12 in the opening set, Washington went on an 11-3 run to take a 23-16 lead on a Lizzie Baden kill.  Horan ended the opening set with a kill to give Washington a five-point win.
-The Blue Angels led 24-23 following Melanie Lopez Soto kill, but the Shorewomen would counter by winning the final three points and the set.  Kowalski put Washington ahead 25-24 and an assisted block by Kowalski and Isabella Sansanelli gave the Shorewomen the set victory.
-In the third set, the Shorewomen snapped a 10-10 tie with New Rochelle by scoring six straight points to take a 16-10 lead on a Kowalski kill as the Blue Angels got no closer than three points the rest of the way.  An attack miscue by New Rochelle ended the set and match. 

For The Shorewomen (12-3)
-Kowalski (13 kills, 10 digs and five blocks), Horan (29 assists to lead all players and 13 digs), Geissberger (seven rejections to lead all players and 11 kills), Rohn (15 digs and three aces), Sansanelli (five blocks).
-Washington had six aces in the win and 12 blocks.
-Team hit .208 in the win.

For New Rochelle (7-7)
-Victoria Alomar (seven kills), Lopez Soto (20 assists), Stephanie Garcia (match-best five service aces), Fabiola Padilla (18 digs).
-Blue Angels hit .027 as a team, had three blocks and tallied 12 aces.

Notes
-Horan has 2,937 career assists and is 63 away from becoming the second Washington player to notch 3,000 or more career helpers.  Caitlin Ward '10 is the program's all-time leader in assists with 3,303.

Up Next
9/27 v. Johns Hopkins – 7:00 p.m. (Centennial Conference match)