Washington Splits Tri-Match on Senior Day

Washington Splits Tri-Match on Senior Day

Horan Notches 1,000th Career Dig and Becomes Ninth Shorewomen To Reach Milestone

CHESTERTOWN, Md. – The Washington College volleyball team split its Senior Day tri-match against Elizabethtown and Hood on Saturday afternoon at the Cain Athletic Center.  The Shorewomen fell to Elizabethtown in five sets, 3-2 (23-25, 25-14, 25-23, 18-25, 15-13), in the first match of the day before coming back to top Hood, 3-1 (25-21, 25-11, 21-25, 25-15), in the final match of the day.  Senior setter Taylor Horan (San Diego, Calif./Point Loma) became the ninth player in team history to achieve 1,000 career digs and with her 25 total digs in the two matches she has 1,011 for her career, just three behind Nanna Kozemchak '07 for eighth on the all-time list.  In the middle match of the three contests, Elizabethtown bested Hood in, 3-1 (23-25, 25-19, 25-20, 25-11). 

Elizabethtown 3 Shorewomen 2 (23-25, 25-14, 25-23, 18-25, 15-13)

How It Happened
- In the first set, the Shorewomen broke open a 12-11 lead with a 9-4 run to take a 21-15 lead on an assisted block by Kaitlyn Marino and Kylie Peets.  Trailing 24-20, the Blue Jays scored three straight points to trim the lead to 24-23 on an attack error by WC.  Abby Smith clinched the set with a kill to give Washington a two-point win.
- Elizabethtown answered with an 11-point win in the second set as the visitors outscored the Shorewomen 23-9 after falling down 5-2 after a service ace by Sarah Bentley.  A service ace by Aiyana Tietze-Di Toro ended the second set.
- Washington led 23-22 in the third set before Elizabethtown on the final three points to win by two.  Tietze-Di Toro served up an ace to make it 24-23 and the Blue Jays won the set on an attack miscue by the Shorewomen. 
- The Shorewomen answered in the fourth set using a 7-0 run to turn a 9-7 lead into a 16-7 cushion following a Lizzie Baden finisher.  A kill by Alaina Geissberger sent the match to a fifth set.
- Elizabethtown took a 10-4 lead in the fifth set on a kill by Gabby Anders before Washington answered with a 5-0 run to take trim the lead to 10-9 on a Peets kill.  Washington had four chances to tie the set, but could not tie it on any of those occasions.  Marisa Krinock ended the match with a kill to give the guests a two-point win in the fifth and decisive set.  During the fifth set with Washington trailing 11-10, Horan gained her 1,000th dig on an attack attempt by the Blue Jays' Elle Shatto.    

For The Shorewomen (15-10)
- Horan (56 assists and 14 digs), Smith (team-high 15 kills and 13 digs), Cassie Kowalski (career-high 21 digs and team-best four aces), Baden (14 kills), Geissberger (13 kills to match personal-best and match-best four blocks), Peets (11 kills to set career-high), Marino (13 digs), Bentley (15 digs to tie career-best)
- WC had 10 aces, but had 16 service errors.
- The team hit .214 match as the team and had six blocks in the match.

For Elizabethtown (15-9)
- Krinock (match-high 20 kills), Shatto (11 kills and 11 digs), Gabby Anders (39 assists and 10 digs), Sarah Schneider (19 digs), Chelsea Gallagher (14 digs), Tiezte-Di Toro (match-best 25 digs)
- The Blue Jays had nine aces, with just two service errors.
- Shenandoah hit .162 in the match and had four blocks.

Washington College 3 Hood 1 (25-21, 25-11, 21-25, 25-15)

How It Happened
- Washington jumped out to a quick 10-2 lead on a Smith service ace before Hood answered with an 13-5 run to tie the match at 15-15 on a Renee Reus ace.  Tied at 20-20, the Shorewomen won five of the final six points to win by four with Horan winning the last two points on aces.   During the set, Hood's Elena Zinaich tallied her 1,000th career kill that trimmed WC's lead to 12-6.
- Tied 2-2, the Shorewomen used a 5-0 to take control of the second set as they took a 7-2 lead on an attack error by Hood on their way to a 14-point win.  Bentley clinched the set with a kill.
- In the third set, the Blazers trailed 18-17 before ending the set on an 8-3 run to force a fourth set.  Courtney Hutchinson put Hood ahead for good in the set at 19-18 on a kill and Tailyn Kite racked up a kill to end the set. 
- The Shorewomen and Blazers were tied 6-6 in the fourth set when the hosts scored five unanswered points to take an 11-6 lead on a Bentley ace and it was a lead they would never relinquish.  An attack error by Hood ended the set and match. 

For The Shorewomen (16-10)
- Horan (27 assists and 11 digs), Bentley (team-high four aces), Amy Rohn (career-high 21 digs), Geissberger (11 kills), Smith (three blocks and 10 digs)  
- Washington had 11 aces in the win and five blocks.
- The Shorewomen hit .214 as a team in the win

For Hood (10-17)
- Kari Betson (16 kills to lead all players and 12 digs), Zinaich (10 kills, match-high five aces and three blocks), Payton Belella (30 assists and 11 digs), Reus (14 digs)
- The Blazers hit .057 in the match.
- Hood had eight aces and five blocks in the contest.

Elizabethtown 3 Hood 1 (23-25, 25-19, 25-20, 25-11)

For Hood (10-16)
- Zinaich (14 kills), Betson (13 kills, 12 digs and four blocks), Belella (38 assists)

For Elizabethtown (16-9)
- Anders (43 assists, 10 digs and five aces), Shatto (23 kills), Schneider (17 kills and 14 digs), Krinock (six blocks), Tiezte-Di Toro (21 digs)

Notes
- Horan (Elizabethtown) and Geissberger (Hood) were named the Goose Nation TV Shorewomen Player of the Match today.
- Washington has now beaten Hood 24 times in 28 tries.  The Shorewomen have downed Hood, Notre Dame (Md.) and Goucher 24 times, the most wins for the volleyball team over a single opponent all-time.
- Horan notched her fourth career 50 or more assist performance with her 56-helper performance against Elizabethtown.
- Horan finishes the day with 3,244 career assists and is 59 assists behind Caitlin Ward '10 for the program's all-time lead in helpers.  Ward tallied 3,303 in her four years.
- Prior to the Hood match, the team honored Bentley, Geissberger, Horan, Rohn and Emily Houck the team's five seniors.

Up Next
10/25 v. Ursinus – 7:00 p.m. (Centennial Conference Match)
- Home finale.
- The Shorewomen won in three sets at Ursinus last year and have taken the past five meetings.