Shorewomen Rally to Down Red Devils in Five-Set Thriller, 3-2

Shorewomen Rally to Down Red Devils in Five-Set Thriller, 3-2

Five Washington Players Tally Double-Doubles

CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Trailing 2-1 after three sets, host Washington rallied to capture the fourth and fifth sets to edge visiting Dickinson, 3-2 (15-25, 27-25, 23-25, 25-18, 17-15), on Saturday afternoon at the Cain Athletic Center in a Centennial Conference volleyball match.  The Shorewomen improve to 7-12 overall and 2-4 in the Centennial, while the Red Devils slip to 8-12 and 1-5 respectively.

Washington College 3 Dickinson 2 (15-25, 27-25, 23-25, 25-18, 17-15)

How It Happened
- Tied at 8-8 in the first set, Dickinson won seven of the next eight points to take a 15-9 lead on an assisted block by Elise Butler and Morgan Biggs.  An attack error by Washington ended the opening set as the Red Devils won by 10. 
- Down to set point in the second at 24-19 following a kill by Butler, Washington used an 8-1 set closing run to win 27-25.  The Shorewomen tied it at 24-24 on a finisher by Cassie Kowalski.  Tied at 25-25, Abby Smith served up an ace to make it 26-25 and Kowalski ended the set with a kill to tie the match.
- Washington trailed 24-19 in the third set and scored four straight points to trim the lead to 24-23 on a kill by Smith.  However this time Dickinson was able to win the set as Biggs tallied a kill to end the third.
- After losing the first point in the fourth set, the Shorewomen rolled off eight straight points to take an 8-1 lead on a kill by Isabella Sansanelli.  Washington, who led by as many as 13 points on two occasions at 16-3 and 17-4, sent the match to a decisive fifth set on a kill by Sansanelli as the hosts hit .433 in the fourth.
- In the fifth and final set, Washington led 9-5 following an ace by Kowalski before the Red Devils won five straight points to take a 10-9 lead on a Biggs kill.  With the Shorewomen leading 14-13, Dickinson's Emma Lange and Hannah Riley teamed up for a block to tie the set at 14-14.  Dickinson would take a 15-14 lead on an attack miscue by Washington before the hosts scored the final three points to win the set and match.  Kowalski and Sansanelli tied the match at 15-15 on a block assist, Kaitlyn Marino tallied a kill to give WC a 16-15 lead and Jenna Daunoras won the contest with a kill.

For The Shorewomen (7-12, 2-4 CC)
- Kowalski (career-bests of 23 digs, to lead team, and six assists to go with squad-high 15 kills), Marino (career-best five blocks to tie for match-high in addition to 12 kills and 19 digs), Smith (14 kills, career-topping 19 digs, match-best four aces), Jenny Kabrick (15 digs and four assists to set career-bests in both), Lauren Zedlar (personal-highs of 31 assists and 16 digs), Jensyn Hartzell (19 assists and 13 digs to set personal-highs in both)
- Washington had seven aces and nine blocks on the afternoon as they hit .189 as a squad.

For Dickinson (8-12, 1-5 CC)
- Alex Berezan (32 assists to lead all players and 11 digs), Biggs (match-high 21 kills and five blocks to tie for contest-best), Jamie Singer (10 kills and 29 digs), Kristin Allgaier (10 assists), Butler (10 kills), Lange (10 kills), Christina Chu (16 digs), Tatiana Lopez (match-high 39 digs and team-high three aces)
- The Red Devils hit .181 in the match and had seven blocks.
- Dickinson served a total of nine aces.

Notes
- Kowalski was named the Goose Nation TV Shorewoman of the Match during the broadcast.
- Kowalski and Zedlar tallied their team-best fourth double-doubles of the season, Smith chalked up her third double-double of 2018, Hartzell notched her second double-double of the campaign and Marino registered her first double-double of the year.
- Washington has won six of the prior eight meetings with Dickinson dating back to 2011.
- Between the second and third sets as part of Alumni Appreciation Day, 13 Washington College volleyball alumnae were recognized.  They were Melinda Rath '77, Leigh Ann Schaefer '91, Heather Phillips '91, Trish (McCarthy) Tomczewski '09, Jen Potts '12, Emily (Hudson) Parks '12, Megan (Hudson) Tilley '12, Jenny Lee '13, Jess Daunoras '16, Kristin Lee '16, Sarah Bentley '18, Alaina Geissberger '18 and Taylor Horan '18.

Up Next
10/10 v. Haverford – 7:00 p.m. (Centennial Conference Match)