Shorewomen Goose Scarlet Raptors; Fall To Mustangs To Open The Season

Shorewomen Goose Scarlet Raptors; Fall To Mustangs To Open The Season

Lee Tallies 13th Career Double-Double In Win Over Rutgers-Camden

GETTYSBURG, Pa. – The Washington College volleyball team split a pair of matches to open the 2013 season on Friday at the Battlefield Classic hosted by Gettysburg College.  The Shorewomen swept Rutgers-Camden, 3-0, (25-19, 25-20, 25-20) and fell to Stevenson, 3-0, (25-18, 25-13, 25-10) at Bream Gym.  The Shorewomen are 1-1 on the season.

In Washington's opening match of the season versus Rutgers-Camden (0-1), the Shorewomen never trailed in the first set en route to a 25-19 win.  The Scarlet Raptors trailed just 12-10 after an attack error by the Shorewomen before WC went on a 8-3 run to take a 20-13 lead on a kill by sophomore outside hitter Kristin Lee (Dayton, Md./River Hill).  The Shorewomen clinched the first set on a kill by freshman outside hitter Caitlin Cooney (Gaithersburg, Md./Covenant Life School).

Rutgers-Camden took its first lead of the match at 18-17 in the second set before the Shorewomen scored eight of the last 10 points to take the set 25-20.  The Shorewomen won four straight points to take a 21-18 lead on a finisher by right-side hitter Alexis Jordan (Royal Palm Bay, Fla./Seminole Ridge).  The Scarlet Raptors scored the next two points to trim the Washington lead to 21-20 before the Shorewomen countered with four unanswered points to seal the set.  An attack error by Rutgers-Camden clinched the second set for Washington. 

Washington raced out to an 18-10 lead in the third set on a service ace by freshman defensive specialist Audrey Utchen (San Ramon, Calif./Monte Vista) before the Scarlet Raptors raced back to cut the lead to 21-18 on an attack miscue by the Shorewomen.  However, WC won four of the final six points to win the set and the match.  A service error by Rutgers-Camden clinched the match for Washington.

Lee had her 13th career-double with a match-best 11 kills to go along with 10 digs and was one of three Shorewomen to record double figures in digs.  Utchen tied for match-best with 11 digs, while freshman outside hitter Rachel Baker (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) added 10 digs.  Jordan had 10 kills and just missed a double-double with nine digs.  Senior setter Lauren White (Huntingtown, Md./Huntingtown) passed out 32 assists to lead all players.  Sophomore middle hitter Jess Daunoras (Shamong, N.J./Seneca) had six blocks to lead all players to tie her career-best and set a personal-high with five solo rejections.  WC hit .207 as a team in the three-set triumph.

Brooke Hassan handed out a team-high 15 assists and netted nine digs for the Scarlet Raptors.  Cari Applegate and Melanie Kaiser had 11 digs to tie for team-high and tied Utchen for match-best.  Michelle Dixon had 11 assists, while Olivia Rowland had a squad-best eight kills.

Against Stevenson (2-0), the Mustangs took a 3-2 lead early in the first set on a service error by WC and never trailed again.  Stevenson led by as many as eight points on two occasions and clinched the set on a Megan Miller kill. 

The Mustangs and Shorewomen were tied 9-9 in the second set before Stevenson, the reigning Commonwealth Conference Champions, went on a 7-0 run to take control of the set at 16-9 on a kill by Kristen BrooksChristine Isenberg tallied a kill to close out the middle set as Stevenson won 16 of the last 20 points in the second.

Stevenson led 7-4 in the third set before gaining control of the set with a 6-0 run that was capped on an attack blunder by the Shorewomen.  A bad set by the Shorewomen clinched the set on a setting error by Washington.

Miller had 14 kills and Imani Hudson had 10 kills for Stevenson and neither committed an attacking error in the match.  The Mustangs committed just four errors in 92 attempts and had 43 kills for a .424 hitting percentage.  Jessica Gieselman handed out a match-high 37 assists, while Isenberg had 11 digs to lead all players. 

For the Shorewomen, Baker had 10 digs to lead WC, while White handed out 20 helpers. 

The Shorewomen will play Penn State-Harrisburg at 10:00 a.m. and Bridgewater (Va.) at noon tomorrow in the second and final day of the classic.