Washington Sweeps Home Opening Matches Against Shenandoah and Notre Dame (Md.)

Washington Sweeps Home Opening Matches Against Shenandoah and Notre Dame (Md.)

Horan Moves Into Second Place All-Time at WC in Assists

CHESTERTOWN, Md. – The Washington College volleyball team opened its home slate on a good note with a pair of victories on Saturday at the Cain Athletic Center.  The Shorewomen rallied from down 14-11 in the fifth set to edge Shenandoah 17-15 to win, 3-2 (22-25, 28-26, 25-19, 22-25, 17-15), and swept Notre Dame (Md.) in the team's second match, 3-0 (25-13, 25-21, 25-21).  Senior setter Taylor Horan (San Diego, Calif./Point Loma) tallied 88 assists in the two matches and is now second all-time in program history in assists with 2,753 as she surpassed Lauren White '14 in the Shenandoah match.  White had 2,708 helpers in her four years with WC.  The Shorewomen improve to 7-0 on the season, which is their best start since 1978 when the team opened 8-0.

Washington College 3 Shenandoah 2 (22-25, 28-26, 25-19, 22-25, 17-15)

How It Happened
- In the first set, Shenandoah used a 14-5 run to break a 5-5 tie and lead 19-10 on a ball handling error by the Shorewomen.  The Shorewomen would close the deficit to 24-21 on a Kaitlyn Marino kill, but the Hornets clinched the set on a Torie Gettier kill.
- Tied 26-26 in the second, the Shorewomen won the last two points to take the set.  Lizzie Baden notched a kill to give WC a 27-26 lead and Cassie Kowalski racked up a kill to clinch the set.
- Washington overcame a slow start in the third set to win by six.  After allowing the Hornets to score four of the first five points, Washington went on a 16-7 run to take a 17-11 lead on a Kylie Peets finisher.  Baden ended the set with a kill to give WC a 2-1 lead after three sets.
- The Hornets bounced back from a 19-14 deficit in the fourth set to send the match to a fifth and deciding set with an 11-3 run to close out the fourth.  Gettier put Shenandoah up for good at 21-20 and an attack error by the Shorewomen leveled the match a two sets apiece.  In the fourth set, Horan moved into second place all-time in program history in helpers on a kill by Peets that put Washington ahead 8-7.
- Shenandoah took a 14-11 lead in the fifth set on a kill by Kaitlyn Kelley before Washington answered with a 5-1 run to take the set and match.  Alaina Geissberger began the comeback with a kill and Marino put Washington ahead 15-14 on a kill of her own.  After an attack miscue by the Shorewomen tied the set at 15-15, a kill by Horan put the hosts ahead 16-15 and an attack error by the Hornets ended the contest. 

For The Shorewomen (6-0)
- Marino (24 kills, 20 digs and four aces which are all career-highs.  Match-highs in kills and aces and team-best in digs), Horan (career-highs of 58 assists and seven kills to go along with 12 digs for a double-double), Kowalski (14 kills and career-best 16 digs to go along with three aces), Baden (14 kills and team-best four blocks), Amy Rohn (career-high 17 digs), Abby Smith (16 digs), Peets and Geissberger (nine kills and three blocks each)
- WC had 10 aces and six blocks in match.
- The team hit .165 match as the team overcame 42 attack errors to get the win.

For Shenandoah (3-4)
- Megan Hillyard (18 assists to lead team to go along with 12 digs, Kelley (11 kills and 15 digs), Nicole Shannon (23 digs to lead all players), Caylin Harris (team-high 12 kills and .407 hitting percentage), Emily Veach (12 assists), Emily Cheatwood (match-best seven blocks)
- The Hornets had six aces and eight blocks.
- Shenandoah hit .162 in the match.

Washington College 3 Notre Dame (Md.) 0 (25-13, 25-21, 25-21)

How It Happened
- Leading 10-7 In the first set, Washington went on a 12-1 run to take a 22-8 lead on a Baden kill from Laura Cochrane.  An attack error by the Gators ended the first set as WC hit .321 in the first.
- Tied 16-16 in the second set, the Shorewomen outscored the Gators 9-5 to win the second set by four points.  A block by Marino and Isabella Sansanelli gave WC a 20-16 lead and after Notre Dame (Md.) closed the set to 22-21 on a Michaila Sheedy kill, a service error by the Gators and two attack miscues from the guests closed out the second set to give WC a 2-0 lead.
- The Gators came out strong in the third set and took a 14-9 lead on a Jamie Reyes kill.  The Shorewomen would answer though with a 6-0 run to take a 15-14 lead on an assisted block by Sansanelli and Emily Houck.  Tied at 16-16, Marino put the Shorewomen ahead for good on a kill to give the hosts a 17-16 edge and Marino finished the contest with a kill to give Washington its second win of the day. 

For The Shorewomen (7-0)
- Marino (match-highs of 14 kills and four blocks, tied for match-high with three aces and hit .333), Horan (30 assists and match-best 16 digs)
- Washington had 11 aces in the win and six blocks.
- The Shorewomen hit .214 as a team in the win

For Notre Dame (Md.) (4-2)
- Reyes (18 assists to lead team and tied for match-high with three aces), Sarah Sweet (seven kills), Kayleigh Davis and Mary Marquez (10 digs each to lead Gators)
- The Gators hit .057 in the match.
- Notre Dame had five aces and zero blocks in the contest.

Shenandoah 3 Notre Dame (Md.) 1 (25-16, 23-25, 25-20, 25-23)

For Shenandoah (4-4)
- Hillyard (33 assists), Veach (13 assists), Shannon (match-best 27 digs), Kelley (13 digs), Harris (13 kills), Michelle DiVito (10 kills)

For Notre Dame (Md.) (4-1)
- Marquez (26 digs), Davis (12 kills and 15 digs), Sheedy (10 kills and five aces), Sweet (20 kills)

Notes
- Marino was named the Goose Nation TV Shorewomen Player of the Match for both matches.
- Washington has now beaten Notre Dame (Md.) 24 times in 33 tries.  The Shorewomen have downed both the Gators and Goucher 24 times, the most wins for the volleyball team over a single opponent all-time.
- The Shorewomen and Gators played every year from 1977-95 with the exception of the 1985 season.  They also played from 2000-02 and 2011.  Washington won the most recent match in 2011 in three sets at Cedar Crest in Allentown, Pa.
- WC has now won 6 of 10 all-time meetings with the Hornets.
- Shenandoah assistant coach Jess Daunoras '16 is WC's all-time leader in blocks with 362.
- Washington won its first six matches for just the third time in team history, joining the 1976 and 1978 squads.
- Horan notched her third career 50 or more assist performance with her career-high of 58.
- Horan finishes the day with 2,753 career assists and is 550 assists behind Caitlin Ward '10 for the program's all-time lead in helpers.  Ward tallied 3,303 in her four years.

Up Next
9/13 v. Catholic – 7:00 p.m. (Non-conference Match)
- A win by Washington will tie them with the 1978 team for consecutive wins to start a season at eight.