Lee Named Tournament Most Valuable Player; Utchen Tallies Career-High 27 Digs and Horan Passes Out 50 Assists
FROSTBURG, Md. – Washington College went 2-0 in the second and final day of the 2014 Frostburg State Tournament in a pair of non-conference volleyball matches on Saturday afternoon at Bobcat Arena. The Shorewomen downed Cairn, 3-0, (25-14, 25-14, 25-15) in the first match and Eastern Mennonite, 3-1, (25-23, 17-25, 25-9, 25-11) in the second contest. The Shorewomen, who went 4-0 this weekend, are now 8-1 and off to their best start since 1978 when the team opened up 8-1.
Junior outside hitter Kristin Lee (Dayton, Md./River Hill) earned the tournament's Most Valuable Player award for the weekend as she had 54 kills, 48 digs, 10 service aces and three double-doubles during the two-day tournament.
Against Cairn (4-6), the Shorewomen took control of the first set with five straight points after the Highlanders won the opening point. WC clinched the set on an attack error by Cairn.
Washington used a 9-0 run in the second set to turn a 4-2 deficit into an 11-4 lead, finishing the run courtesy of an attack miscue by Cairn. A service mistake by the Highlanders ended the second set.
The third set was tied at 5-5 before the Shorewomen went on an 8-0 run to take a 13-5 lead on a service ace by freshman outside hitter Hannah Spohn (Port Orchard, Wash./South Kitsap). Washington finished off the win with a kill by freshman middle hitter Alaina Geissberger (Lake Villa, Ill./Grayslake North).
Spohn had a team-best seven kills as WC hit .233 in the win. Freshman setter Taylor Horan (San Diego, Calif./Point Loma) handed out 19 assists to lead all players. The Shorewomen had 12 service aces, led by Lee.
Brigin Shehan had 11 kills and 11 digs for the Highlanders and that was tops for all players in both categories. Sam Delfino had 14 assists to lead Cairn.
Versus Eastern Mennonite (5-7), the Royals led 23-22 in the opening set following a Kayla Smeltzer kill before Washington scored the final three points to win the first. Junior middle hitter Jess Daunoras (Shamong, N.J./Seneca) tied it on a kill at 23-23 and Lee put the Shorewomen ahead on a finisher at 24-23. An attack error by Eastern Mennonite finished off the first set.
The Royals raced out to a 22-11 lead in the second set following a Janna Williams kill en route to the 25-17 win. An attack miscue by the Shorewomen evened the match at a set apiece.
WC took control of the third set early by scoring eight of the first nine points to take an 8-1 lead on a Lee kill. The Shorewomen captured the set when Horan and Daunoras teamed up to block an attack attempt by the Royals. In the third set, Washington hit .400 on 12 kills in 30 attempts with no errors.
The Shorewomen took control of the fourth set with 19 of the set's first 23 points to lead 19-4 after an attack blunder by the Royals. A bad set by Eastern Mennonite clinched the set and match for Washington. The Shorewomen hit a robust .412 in the fourth and final set with 15 kills and just one error in 34 tries.
Lee recorded her third double-double of the weekend with a 21-kill and 16-dig effort with her 21 kills leading all players. Daunoras had 13 kills and a match-best five blocks for WC. Sophomore Audrey Utchen (San Ramon, Calif./Monte Vista) had a career-best 27 digs and that led all participants. Also chalking up double figures in digs were sophomore outside hitter/defensive specialist Rachel Baker (Doylestown, Pa./Central Bucks West) with 13 and freshman setter/defensive specialist Emma Craig (Westminster, Md./Notre Dame Prep) had 11 digs. Horan handed out 50 assists and just missed a double-double with nine digs. She is the first Washington player to hand out 50 or more helpers in a match since Caitlin Ward '10 passed out 54 assists on October 15, 2008, which was five-set contest, and the first time a WC player has had 50 or more assists in a four-set match since Ward recorded 53 assists against Catholic on September 29, 2007. The Shorewomen hit .228 in the match and hit over .200 in all four matches this weekend.
Jasmine Johnson had a double-double for Eastern Mennonite with 21 assists and 11 digs, while Mattie Lehman totaled a team-best 14 digs for the Royals. Sara Ritchie had nine kills for tops on the team, while Regan Cook led the squad with three rejections.
Washington travels to the Garden State on Wednesday night to play Rowan in Glassboro, N.J. with first serve at 7:00 p.m.