September 22, 2012

Shorewomen End 35 Years of Frustration Against Bullets; Fall to Mustangs

WC's First Win Over Gettysburg Since 1977; Snaps 33 Match Losing Streak

CHESTERTOWN, MD – Host Washington College rallied from a 13-9 deficit in the fifth set to visiting Gettysburg to score the final six points to give the Shorewomen a 15-13 win in the deciding set to give Washington its first victory over Gettysburg in 35 years in, 3-2 (21-25, 25-22, 16-25, 27-25, 15-13), on Saturday afternoon at the Cain Athletic Center in Centennial Conference volleyball action.  In the final match of the afternoon, the Shorewomen dropped a 3-0 (25-21, 25-10, 25-23) to Stevenson in non-conference action.  The Mustangs topped the Bullets in the middle contest of the tri-match, 3-0 (27-25, 25-20, 25-18), in non-conference action. 

The Shorewomen are now 7-8 overall and 2-0 in the conference.  It is the first time since 1994 that WC is 2-0 in conference play.  The Bullets are now 9-6 overall and 2-1 in Centennial play, while the Mustangs are now 15-1.

In the first match of the day, the Bullets took a 13-9 lead in the fifth set on an attack error by the Shorewomen.  The Shorewomen began their six-point run on a service miscue by Gettysburg.  An attack error by the Bullets tied the match 13-13 and a kill by freshman outside hitter Kristin Lee (Dayton, MD/River Hill) gave WC a 14-13 lead and led to a Bullets' timeout.  Freshman middle hitter Jess Daunoras (Shamong, NJ/Seneca) clinched the historic victory on a kill to give Washington its first win over Gettysburg since a 2-1 win in 1977 in the first match between the two sides.  The win also snapped a 33-match losing streak to the Bullets.

The five-set win gives WC its first five-set victory since September 13, 2008 against Arcadia.  The team had lost nine straight five-set contests.

In the first set, the Bullets never trailed en route to a 25-21 win.  A kill by Cydney Bracken clinched the first set for the visitors.  In the second set, WC turned a 12-7 deficit into a 21-16 lead with a 14-4 run that was capped by a service ace by sophomore libero Kate Liccione (Severna Park, MD/Severna Park).  The Bullets rallied to tie the match at 21-21 on a service ace by Courtney Morrow.  However the Shorewomen won four of the final five points to take the set on a Kristin Lee kill.

Gettysburg took the third set 25-16 and clinched the set on a Sarah Gorski kill.  In the fourth set, the teams were tied 25-25 when WC won the final two points to take the set.  The hosts clinched the fourth set on an attack blunder by Gettysburg and to the fifth set the match went.

For the Shorewomen, Kristin Lee had her sixth double-double of the fall with career-highs of 24 kills and 19 digs.  Her 24 kills led all players, while her 19 digs tied for tops on the team with Liccione.  Junior setter Lauren White (Huntingtown, MD/Huntingtown) matched her career-high with 48 assists, while netting 11 digs for her sixth double-double of the year.  Daunoras had 12 kills, four blocks and hit .409 in the match, while senior defensive specialist Kaitlin Rowan (Damascus, MD/Damascus) chipped in with 10 digs.  T

For Gettysburg, Gorski had 14 kills and four blocks to tie Daunroas for match-high in blocks.  Lizzy Kuhn had a double-double with 26 assists and 10 digs, while Katie Wilson had 29 digs to lead all players.  Kate DeLess had 18 assists, while Kelly Milione had 17 digs. 

There were 17 ties and six lead changes in the match.

In the third and final match of the day, the Mustangs won all three sets en route to the three-set triumph.  In the first set, the Mustangs turned a 19-12 deficit into a 25-21 win with a 13-2 run to close out the match.  A Jessica Gieselman kill clinched the first set for Stevenson.  In the second set, the Mustangs turned a 2-1 deficit into a 6-2 lead with a 5-0 run on an Avery Gabbard kill and never trailed the rest of the middle set.  A Christine Isenberg kill closed out the second set for the guests.  In the final the final set, WC led 23-21 following a block of an Isenberg attack by Daunoras and junior outside hitter Julia Erbe (Baltimore, MD/Pikesville).  However the Mustangs rallied to win the final points of the set and match to clinch it.  A service ace by Luci Diaz clinched the win for Stevenson.

Isenberg and Kristen Lubeski had 11 kills apiece to lead Stevenson.  Jessica Gieselman had 38 assists to lead all players, while Samantha Perillo had nine digs to lead the visitors.  Lubeski had five blocks to top all participants.

Kristin Lee had 13 kills to lead all players for WC.  White handed out 24 assists, while Liccione had 10 digs to lead all competitors. 

In the middle match, the Mustangs topped the Bullets in three sets.  Gabbard had 14 kills to lead all players, while Imani Hudson added 13 kills.  Gieselman handed out 40 assists to lead everybody, while Perillo led the Mustangs with 12 digs.  Kelly McKenzie had four blocks for Stevenson to lead the team.

Bracken led Gettysburg with 13 kills, while Wilson had 11 digs to top the Bullets.  Kuhn dished out 22 assists, while Gorski led all players with six blocks.

The Shorewomen travel to Baltimore on Thursday to take on host Johns Hopkins in Centennial Conference action.  First serve in the match is slated for 7:00 p.m.

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