Shorewomen Clinch Winning Season With Win Over Golden Wolves
CHESTERTOWN, Md. – The Washington College volleyball team went 1-1 in a home tri-match on Saturday afternoon with visiting Franklin & Marshall and Alvernia. The Shorewomen were bested by Franklin & Marshall, 3-0 (25-23, 25-22, 25-23), in in the opening match of the day in a Centennial Conference volleyball. Washington bounced back from the loss to the Diplomats to broom Alvernia, 3-0 (25-21, 25-11, 25-13), in the last match of the day. The Diplomats edged the Golden Wolves in five sets (25-19, 19-25, 25-22, 23-25, 15-13) in the middle match. The Shorewomen are now 15-8 overall and 2-5 in the CC. With the win over Alvernia, the Shorewomen clinch their fifth winning season in the past seven years.
Franklin & Marshall 3 Washington College 0 (25-23, 25-22, 25-23)
How It Happened
- Trailing 23-22 In the first set following a kill by Washington's Alaina Geissberger, F&M captured the set by winning the last three points to win by two. Cassie Garison tied the set with a kill at 23-23, a service ace by Gabby Mavroidis put F&M ahead 24-23 and a Mavroidis ace clinched the set for the Diplomats. The guests won the set despite the Shorewomen hitting .379.
- In the second set, the Diplomats used a 7-2 run to turn a 17-17 tie into a 24-19 lead on a kill by Christine Yoo. Washington would respond with the next three points to trim the lead to 24-22 on an attack miscue by F&M, but the Diplomats clinched the set on a finisher by Barbara Kapustin.
- F&M lead 24-18 in the third and final set following a service error by Washington. The hosts would claw back to cut the lead to 24-23 on an assisted block by Geissberger and Lizzie Baden before a service miscue by the Shorewomen ended the contest.
For The Shorewomen (15-8, 2-5 CC)
- Kaitlyn Marino (match-best four aces), Abby Smith (career-best and match-high 14 kills and 19 digs), Taylor Horan (contest-best 33 assists), Cassie Kowalski (12 digs to lead squad)
- WC had nine aces and three blocks in match.
- The team hit .161 match as the team and hit .379 in the first set.
For Franklin & Marshall (14-6, 6-1 CC)
- Grace Maggione (team-high 29 assists), Grace Polisano (team-highs of 11 digs and eight kills), Garison (10 digs), Mavroidis (three aces to lead guests)
- The Diplomats had six aces and three blocks.
- F&M hit .241 in the match.
Washington College 3 Alvernia 0 (25-21, 25-11, 25-13)
How It Happened
- Leading 22-20, WC won three of the final four points to win the set by four points. A Geissberger kill clinched the opening set for Washington.
- In the second set, the Shorewomen used a 15-4 run to turn a 4-4 tie into a 19-8 lead on a Sarah Bentley ace. An assisted block by Marino and Kylie Peets ended the set as the Shorewomen won by 14.
- The Shorewomen closed out the third and final set winning nine of the last 11 points to turn an 16-11 lead into a 25-13 win. Bentley clinched the win with an ace.
For The Shorewomen (15-8)
- Peets (nine kills to lead team, four blocks to lead all players and hit .750), Amy Rohn (match-high four aces), Bentley (three aces), Kowalski (12 digs), Horan (28 assists and 10 digs)
- Washington had a season-high 12 aces in the win and five blocks.
- The Shorewomen hit a season-high .364 as a team in the win. Their previous high was .353 in the season opener on September 1 versus Gwynedd Mercy.
For Alvernia (13-10)
- Kristen Sipling (14 kills to lead all players and tied for team-high with nine digs), Abby O'Donnell (25 assists), Erika McKee (nine digs to tie for team-best)
- The Golden Wolves hit .071 in the match, which includes hitting .235 in the first set.
- Alvernia had two aces and three blocks in the contest.
Franklin & Marshall 3 Alvernia 2 (25-19, 19-25, 25-22, 23-25, 15-13)
For Franklin & Marshall (12-0)
- Polisano (18 kills and match-high six aces), Maggione (45 assists), Yoo (five blocks), Shae Murphy (19 digs)
For Alvernia (13-9)
- Sipling (match-best 24 kills and 15 digs), Emily Smith (10 kills and five aces), Laura Wachowicz and Jillian Baker (10 kills each), McKee (15 digs)
- Smith was named the Goose Nation TV Shorewomen Player of the Match for F&M and Horan earned the honors against Alvernia.
- Washington has now recorded five winning seasons (2011, 2013-15 and 2017) in the past seven years.
- The Shorewomen have downed Alvernia four straight times and for the third consecutive year. WC leads the all-time series now 4-3.
- Horan now has 14 double-doubles on the season and 53 for her career as she has had a double-double in eight of her past 11 matches. She is just 17 digs away from 1,000 at 983 and is now at 3,153 assists.
10/17 v. Swarthmore – 7:00 p.m. (Centennial Conference Match)