Shorewomen Serve Up Program Record 23 Service Aces In Three-Set Win Over Ravens

Shorewomen Serve Up Program Record 23 Service Aces In Three-Set Win Over Ravens

Lee Records Career-High In Aces With Six; Craig Sets Personal-Best With Five Aces

ROSEMONT, Pa. – Visiting Washington College set a program record with 23 service aces in a, 3-0, (25-10, 25-12, 25-14) win over host Rosemont in a non-conference volleyball match on Thursday night at Alumnae Hall.   The Shorewomen improve to 4-1 overall, while the Ravens fall to 0-2.

The 23 aces breaks the record of 22 service aces by a Shorewomen squad, which was set on September 1, 2008, in a four-set win over Cedar Crest.  The prior high in a three-set match was 21 against Bryn Athyn on October 15, 2011.

In the first set, Washington led 3-2 before rolling off nine consecutive points to take a 12-2 lead on a bad set by Rosemont.  The Shorewomen finished off the first set by winning seven of the final eight points to win the opening set 25-10, capping it on a service ace by freshman setter/defensive specialist Emma Craig (Westminster, Md./Notre Dame Prep).

The Shorewomen and Ravens were tied 4-4 in the second set when WC went on a 5-0 run to take a 9-4 lead on a kill by sophomore outside hitter Caitlin Cooney (Gaithersburg, Md./Covenant Life School).  During the run, junior outside hitter Kristin Lee (Dayton, Md./River Hill) served up three straight aces.  After Rosemont cut the lead to 10-7 on a Washington service error, the guests went on an 8-1 spurt to take an 18-8 lead on an attack miscue by the hosts.  The Shorewomen won the last six points of the second set to capture a 25-12 victory and it was capped on a Craig ace.  It was Craig's second set closing ace of the night. 

Washington held a 11-8 lead in the third set following an ace by Rosemont's Nadirah Anderson before scoring the next five points to take a 16-8 lead on a Cooney finisher.  The Shorewomen led 19-14 before rolling off the final six points to win the set and match, finishing the contest off on a service ace by senior middle hitter Sarah Beresik (Point Pleasant, N.J./Point Pleasant Beach).  The ace by Beresik set the mark.  All three sets were finished off by Washington aces.

Lee led the way in the aces with a career-best six, while Craig set a personal-high with five.  Beresik tallied a career-topping four aces.  Seven different Washington players had service aces in the victory.  The Shorewomen had just 19 kills as a team, but hit .170 as a squad.

The Ravens had seven aces in the match as 30 of the match's 111 points were won via the service ace.  Anderson and Morgan Rollins each had a pair of solo blocks for the hosts.

Washington returns to the court on Friday, September 12, when they travel to the western end of Maryland to play in the Frostburg State Tournament.  The Shorewomen will play Waynesburg at 4:00 p.m. and Rochester (N.Y.) at 8:00 p.m.