Top Salve Regina After Falling To Eastern
GETTYSBURG, Pa. – The Washington College volleyball team split a pair of matches in the second and final day at the Gettysburg Battlefield Classic at Hauser Field House. The Shorewomen lost their opening match of the day to Eastern, 3-0, (25-16, 25-8, 25-22) and topped Salve Regina, 3-0, (25-19, 25-7, 27-25) in the second match of the day. The Shorewomen are 3-1 on the season.
Against Salve Regina (1-3) in the second match, the two squads were tied 13-13 in the first set before Washington won four straight points to take a 17-13 lead on an attack error by the Seahawks. The Shorewomen clinched the set on a kill by sophomore outside hitter Caitlin Cooney (Gaithersburg, Md./Covenant Life School).
Washington trailed 2-1 in the second set before rolling off 14 straight points to take a 15-2 lead on a kill by junior outside hitter Kristin Lee (Dayton, Md./River Hill). After Salve Regina won a point, the Shorewomen won the next seven points to take a 22-3 lead after a bad set attempt by the Seahawks and that completed a 21-1 run. A kill by sophomore right-side hitter Alexis Jordan (Royal Palm Beach, Fla./Seminole Ridge) ended the middle set and put the Shorewomen up by two sets. The Shorewomen hit .526 in the second set.
In the third set, WC led 22-20 before Salve Regina won four of the next five points to take a 24-23 lead on an attack miscue by Washington. However, the Shorewomen countered by winning four of the final five points to win the set and the match. A Cooney kill broke the 25-25 deadlock and Jordan finished the contest with a kill to clinch the win for Washington.
Cooney had 12 kills to lead all players, while Lee hammered out 11 kills. Sophomore defensive specialist Audrey Utchen (San Ramon, Calif./Monte Vista) had 14 digs to lead all the team, while freshman setter/defensive specialist Emma Craig (Westminster, Md./Notre Dame Prep) had four service aces to lead all players. Craig also had 10 digs along with sophomore defensive specialist/outsider hitter Rachel Baker (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West). Junior middle hitter Jess Daunoras (Shamong, N.J./Seneca) had five blocks to lead all players. Freshman setter Taylor Horan (San Diego, Calif./Point Loma) passed out 32 assists. The Shorewomen hit .250 for the match and had eight service aces.
Taylor Violet handed out 24 assists to lead the Seahawks, while Dianna Tauro had a match-high 16 digs.
In the opening match of the day, the Eagles turned a 4-2 deficit into a 6-4 lead on a bad set by Washington and never trailed the rest of the set, taking the lead for good at 7-6 on a Lauren Sproles kill. A kill by Alicia Weigel clinched the first set for Eastern.
Eastern scored the opening eight points of the second set en route to the 17-point win. A block by Weigel and Stephanie Elechko capped the eight-point run. Elechko capped the set with a kill.
The Eagles led 23-22 in the third set following a setting blunder by Eastern before taking the final two points of the set and match. Erin Hillman tallied a kill to make it 24-22 and Elechko's finisher made it 25-22.
Eastern, who finished 10th in the final Division III rankings a season ago, got a match-high 30 assists from Miranda Kauffman. Elechko had 12 kills to lead all players and had a match-best six rejections. Rylie Haas had 15 digs to lead all players, while Sproles added 10.
For the Shorewomen, Horan had 18 helpers, while Utchen had 11 digs.
The Shorewomen travel to Rosemont on Thursday evening for a 7:00 p.m. non-conference match.