Shorewomen Split In Tri-Match - Top Shenandoah In Four Sets and Fall to Messiah In Five

Shorewomen Split In Tri-Match - Top Shenandoah In Four Sets and Fall to Messiah In Five

GRANTHAM, Pa. – The Washington College volleyball team split a pair of non-conference volleyball matches on Saturday afternoon at Messiah.  The Shorewomen won their first match in four sets (20-25, 25-18, 25-19, 25-15) over Shenandoah and then fell in a five-set match to host Messiah (19-25, 25-14, 25-17, 25-27, 15-10) at Brubaker Auditorium.

Washington College 3 Shenandoah 1 (20-25, 25-18, 25-19, 25-15)

How It Happened
- Leading 11-8 in the first set, Shenandoah went on a 9-2 run to take a 20-10 lead on a Blake Parkes kill.  The Hornets held off a late Shorewomen charge to win by five.
- In the second set the two teams were tied at 14-14 before WC went on an 11-4 spurt to even the match at a set apiece.  An attack error by the Hornets ended the second set.
- At 13-13 in the third set, Washington won four straight points to take the lead for good in the set.   A kill by sophomore Alaina Geissberger capped off the set.
- The Hornets won the first three points of the third set before the Shorewomen took the next seven points to take a 7-3 lead on a bad set by Shenandoah.  Washington would lead the rest of the way and junior Alexis Jordan ended the set and match with a finisher.

For The Shorewomen (6-1)
- Kristin Lee with her third straight double-double with 14 kills and 10 digs.  Her 14 kills led all players.
- Sophomore Taylor Horan had her third double-double of the year with 38 assists and 11 digs as her 38 helpers was tops in the match.
- Freshman Kaitlyn Marino had 13 kills and hit .312 in the match.
- Junior Audrey Utchen had a match-high 18 digs and served up a match-high three aces.
- Team hit .279.

For Shenandoah (5-3)
- Elizabeth Lamont had a double-double with a squad-best 10 kills and a team-high 17 digs. 
- Brandi Griffith tallied 15 digs, Jasmine Callahan had 14 and Parkes had 10.
- Hit .193 in the match and .238 in the first set win.

Messiah 3 Washington College 2 (19-25, 25-14, 25-17, 25-27, 15-10)

How It Happened
- The Shorewomen won eight of the final 11 points of the opening set to win 25-19 after leading 17-16.  A service miscue by the Falcons ended the first set.
- Messiah never trailed in the second set en route to the 11 point win.  A service ace by Emily Zellers ended the set and tied the match at a set apiece.
- The Falcons jumped out to a 14-2 lead in the third set on a bad set by WC.  The Shorewomen got it within six points on three occasions, the last one at 21-15.  Kristen Douglas ended the third set with a kill for the hosts.
- In the fourth set, Messiah once again had a fast start jumping out to a 10-2 lead.  The Shorewomen would rally to take a 22-21 lead on a solo block by Lee.  Messiah led 25-24, but Washington staved off elimination by winning the last three points with Jess Daunoras tallying a solo block to win the set by two points.
- With the fifth and deciding set tied at 4-4, Messiah went on a 4-1 run to take an 8-5 lead on a Douglas kill.  A Kaitlyn Marino kill got them within two points at 9-7, but Messiah won six of the final nine points to take the set and match.  Jane Underman clinched the victory of the hosts with a kill.

For The Shorewomen (6-2)
- Lee just missed her second double-double of the day and fourth straight with a team-best 14 kills and nine digs.
- Daunoras had a season-best 13 kills and added a team-high three blocks, two of them solo to lead WC.  She also had three aces to pace Washington.
- Horan handed out 33 assists for Washington and had 71 in the two contests.
- Utchen had 21 digs to lead Washington, while junior Rachel Baker added 12.
- Shorewomen hit .178 as a team.

For Messiah (8-0)
- Got a match-best 25 kills from Underman, including the clincher.  She also notched 12 digs for a double-double.
- Also go a double-double from Douglas who had a team-best 19 digs and added 16 kills and Brooke Gallagher who had a match-topping 53 assists to go with 14 digs.
- Danielle Weaver had 14 digs, while Suzanne Harris had 10 digs.
- The Falcons won in spite of committing 13 service errors. 
- Messiah hit .247 as a team, the best a team has hit against the Shorewomen this season.

- Washington snaps a three-match losing streak to the Hornets and the first win in the series in 27 years.  It is the first time WC has beaten Shenandoah in a best-of-five set match.  The Shorewomen lead the all-time series now 5-4.
- This was the first time Washington and Messiah went to a fifth set in the nine meetings.  The Falcons have won eight of the nine all-time meetings.
- The Shorewomen are 5-1 in six matches in Pennsylvania this season.  The team will play 10 more matches in the Keystone State in 2015.

Up Next
9/16 @ Johns Hopkins – 7:00 p.m.
- Centennial Conference opener for both teams.
- The Blue Jays lead the all-time series 29-8 and have won the prior 25 meetings.
- Washington's last win in the series was a 3-1 victory in 1993, the first year both teams competed in the CC.