Shorewomen Reach 5-0 Mark For Second Time In Three Years With Three Set Win Over Gophers

Shorewomen Reach 5-0 Mark For Second Time In Three Years With Three Set Win Over Gophers

Marino Totals Match-Best 10 Kills and Squad-High Three Aces

TOWSON, Md. – Visiting Washington College starts it season 5-0 for the second time in three years with a three-set sweep of host Goucher, 3-0 (25-13, 25-18, 25-13), in a non-conference volleyball match on Thursday evening at Decker SRC.  The Shorewomen are now 5-0 on the year, while the Gophers fall to 0-4.  Washington also won its first five matches to start the 2015 season.

Washington College 3 Goucher 0 (25-13, 25-18, 25-13)

How It Happened
- Washington took 15 of the first 17 points of the first set to take a 15-2 lead on an assisted block by Taylor Horan and Alaina Geissberger.  The Shorewomen clinched the opening set on a Horan kill on a feed from Abby Smith.  WC hit .348 in the 12-point set win.
- The Shorewomen and Gophers were tied at 15-15 in the second when the Shorewomen closed the set on a 10-3 run to win by seven.  Geissberger ended the set on a kill from Horan as WC hit .250 as a team in the second set.
- In the third set, the Shorewomen raced out to a 12-5 lead on a Goucher attack error.  Goucher would trim the lead to 15-11 on an assisted block by Bianca Brown and Simone Brown.  Washington would answer with a 6-0 run to grab a 21-11 lead on a service ace by Abby Hilty.  A service miscue by the Gophers ended the match as the Shorewomen won 10 of the final 12 of the set and match and hit .316 in the third.

For The Shorewomen (5-0)
- Kaitlyn Marino (match-best 10 kills and team-high three aces), Horan (contest-high 23 assists), Smith (match-topping eight digs)
- The Shorewomen hit .300 as a team and had eight aces in the victory.

For Goucher (0-4)
- Greta Coss (six kills), Olivia Rhodes (14 assists), Sarah Weeden (match-best four aces).
- The Gophers hit -.068 in the match and had five aces.

- It was Washington's seventh straight victory over Goucher dating back to 2011.  The Gophers have not topped the Shorewomen since a four-set win in 2009.  The teams did not play in 2010 and 2016.
- The Shorewomen lead the all-time series 24-17.
- With her 23 assists, Horan is now at 2,665 career assists which is good for third all-time in team history.  She sits just 43 behind Lauren White '14 for second on the all-time assists list at WC as White tallied 2,708 from 2010-13.

Up Next
9/9 v. Shenandoah – 11:00 a.m. (Non-conference match)
9/9 v. Notre Dame (Md.) – 3:00 p.m. (Non-conference match)
- Home opening matches for the Shorewomen.
- 2016 Washington College graduate Jess Daunoras is now an assistant coach for Shenandoah.  She is WC's all-time leader in career blocks with 362.
- Shorewomen last played Shenandoah in a tri-match at Messiah in 2015, taking the match in four sets.
- Washington last played Notre Dame (Md.) in a tri-match at Cedar Crest in 2011, winning in three sets.