Shorewomen Shoo Away Gophers, 3-0

Shorewomen Shoo Away Gophers, 3-0

Daunoras Tallies 11 Kills and Four Blocks

TOWSON, Md. – Visiting Washington College got match-highs of 11 kills and four blocks from junior middle hitter Jess Daunoras (Shamong, N.J./Seneca) as the Shorewomen swept host Goucher, 3-0, (25-10, 25-11, 25-19) at the Decker Sports & Recreation Center Arena in a non-conference volleyball match on Thursday night.  The Shorewomen improve to 12-5 on the year, while the Gophers fall to 7-12.

In the first set, the Shorewomen led 11-9 following a kill by Goucher's Hannah Kuehl before going on a set closing 14-1 run to nab the 15-point win.  A kill by sophomore outside hitter Caitlin Cooney (Gaithersburg, Md./Covenant Life School) ended the set.  Cooney had three of the last five points of the set on finishers.

Washington led 12-9 in the second set before going on a 13-2 run to close out the set en route to the 14-point victory.  A service ace by junior outside hitter Kristin Lee (Dayton, Md./River Hill) was the set-winning point.

The Shorewomen raced out to an 11-3 lead in the third set on an attack error by the Gophers.  Goucher however responded with an 8-3 run of its own to trim the lead to 14-11 following a Washington attack miscue.  However, WC withstood the rally to win by six points with a kill by freshman setter Sarah Bentley (Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown) clinching the set and match.

The Shorewomen, who hit .352 in the win, got 10 kills from Cooney to join Daunoras in double figures in kills for the guests.  Freshman setter/defensive specialist Emma Craig (Westminster, Md./Notre Dame Prep) had 14 dig to set a career-high, while Lee had 11 digs and just missed a double-double with nine kills and added a pair of blocks.  Sophomore defensive specialist Audrey Utchen (San Ramon, Calif./Monte Vista) had 12 digs, while freshman setter Taylor Horan (San Diego, Calif./Point Loma) led all players with 32 assists.

Sarah Johnson had 15 assists to lead Goucher, while Meredith Johnson had a team-high 10 digs.  Kuehl had a team-best three blocks.

Washington is off until Tuesday night when they travel to Catholic for a 7:00 p.m. non-conference contest.