Shorewomen Split Two Matches At Knights Fall Classic

Shorewomen Split Two Matches At Knights Fall Classic

WC Downs Penn State-Behrend Before Falling to Neumann

ASTON, Pa. – The Washington College volleyball team split a pair of matches with two Keystone State opponents on Friday evening in the first day of the Knights Fall Classic hosted by Neumann at Mirenda Court in a pair of non-conference volleyball matches.  The Shorewomen edged Penn State-Behrend, 3-2 (11-25, 25-21, 25-21, 24-26, 15-5) in the first match of the night before falling to host Neumann, 3-1 (25-22, 25-11, 16-25, 25-19) in the second match of the classic. 

Washington College 3 Penn State-Behrend 2 (11-25, 25-21, 25-21, 24-26, 15-5)

How It Happened
- The Lions broke open a 6-5 lead in the first set before going on an 8-1 run to take a 14-6 lead on a service ace by Amanda Henry.  PSU-Behrend closed out the set winning the last seven points, clinching it on a Henry kill.  The Lions hit .441 in the opening set win.
- Trailing 17-16 in the second set, the Shorewomen took control by winning five straight points to take a 21-17 lead on a kill by Kaitlyn Marino.  WC hit .326 in the second set.
- In third set, WC took three of the final four points to grab a 25-21 win.  Marino scored the final point on a kill. 
- Trailing 24-23 in the fourth set, Henry tied the set on a kill the rolled on the top of the net before falling on the Washington side.  PSU-Behrend would win the final two points to send the match to a fifth set, clinching the set on an attack error by WC.
- In the fifth and decisive set, the Shorewomen won the first six points and never looked back taking a six-point lead on a kill by Alaina Geissberger.  Marino ended the match with her third set-clinching kill of the night as the Shorewomen hit .571 in the fifth set.

For The Shorewomen (7-8)
-Marino (20 kills to tie her career-high and to lead all players, and 14 digs), Taylor Horan (42 assists for tops in the win and 20 digs), Audrey Utchen (tied for match-best with 26 digs), Rachel Baker (13 digs), Cassie Kowalski (12 kills), Sarah Bentley (career-high and team-best three aces)
- The Shorewomen hit .201 in the match while serving up eight aces.  Washington had four blocks in the contest.

For Penn State-Behrend (9-9)
- Henry (18 kills to lead Lions), Hannah Saunders (41 assists, 23 digs and contest-best four service aces),  Paige Scurpa (26 digs to tie for match-high), Meredith Snyder (17 digs), Lexi Irwin (10 digs), Kylie McSwaney (10 kills and .563 hitting percetange)
-The Lions hit .246 in the contest while notching 10 aces.  PSU-Behrend had three rejections.

Neumann 3 Washington College 1 (25-22, 25-11, 16-25, 25-19)

How It Happened
- Tied 19-19 in the first set, the host Knights won six of the last nine points to win the set by three points.  An attack error gave Neumann a 20-19 lead and an attack miscue by Washington allowed Neumann to win the set.
- The Knights never trailed in the second set on their way to a 14-point win.  An assisted block by Molly Murtha and Mallory Malseed ended the second for Neumann.
- Washington and Neumann were tied at 15-15 in the third set before going on a 10-2 run to end the set.  Kowalski put WC ahead for good on a kill at 16-15 and Marino pounded down a finisher to clinch the set for the Shorewomen.
- With the Knights leading 15-14 in the fourth and final set following a kill by WC's Marino, the hosts went on a 10-5 run to seal the set and match.  Shayne Sullivan provided the final point of the match on a kill.

For The Shorewomen (7-9)
- Horan (28 assists), Utchen (21 digs to lead all players), Geissberger (10 kills and three blocks)
- Washington hit .054 in the match and had four blocks.
- The Shorewomen had six aces.

For Neumann (10-11)
- Rachael Hoffman (13 kills to lead all players, hit .379 and had nine blocks to lead all participants), Rachel Clay (36 assists for tops in match and 17 digs), Carlee Herrin (17 digs), Murtha (three blocks), Malseed (10 kills and four blocks)
- The Knights hit.213 hitting and had six aces.
- Neumann had 11 blocks in the win.

- Horan registered up her ninth double-double of the year in the win over PSU-Behrend, while Marino chalked up her sixth double-double in the win.
- The Shorewomen have downed the Lions in five sets in back-to-back seasons.  Last year, Washington downed PSU-Behrend at Susquehanna.
- Both of the Shorewomen's opponents tonight are from Pennsylvania, but are separated by almost 400 miles.  Neumann is in the southeastern corner of the state just southwest of Philadelphia, while Penn State-Behrend is located in Erie, in the northwestern corner of the Keystone State.

Up Next
10/8 v. Rowan – 10:00 a.m. (Knights Fall Classic)
10/8 v. King's (Pa.) – 12:00 p.m. (Knights Fall Classic)
- Washington is playing King's for the first time since 2003 and playing Rowan for the third time in four years.
- Second and final day of the Knights Fall Classic hosted by Neumann.