Shorewomen Open Campaign with a Pair of Victories in First Day of DeSales Invitational

Shorewomen Open Campaign with a Pair of Victories in First Day of DeSales Invitational

WC Downs Both Gwynedd-Mercy and Baruch In Three Sets

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – The Washington College volleyball team started its 2016 campaign with a pair of wins on Friday in the first day of the DeSales Invitational at Billera Gym in a pair of non-conference volleyball matches.  The Shorewomen swept Gwynedd Mercy in three sets (25-20, 25-18, 26-24) and took all three sets from Baruch (26-24, 25-9, 25-23).

Washington College 3 Gwynedd Mercy 0 (25-20, 25-18, 26-24)

How It Happened
- The two teams were tied at 20-20 in the opening set before the Shorewomen won the final five points to win the first set 25-20.  An Alexis Jordan kill put WC up for good at 21-20 and Jordan ended the first with a kill.
-Leading the Griffins 14-13 in the second set, Washington won 11 of the final 16 points to win by seven.  The Shorewomen hit .294 in the second set got a service ace by Audrey Utchen to end the set. 
-In third and final set, WC trailed Gwynedd-Mercy 21-16 before closing out the set and match on a 10-3 run to win 26-24.  Kaitlyn Marino put the Shorewomen ahead at 25-24 with a kill and Jordan and Taylor Horan teamed up for a block for the last point of the set and match.

For The Shorewomen (1-0)
-Marino (12 kills, to lead all players, and 11 digs), Jordan (10 kills and .474 hitting percentage), Horan (32 assists for tops in the win and three blocks), Utchen (match-best 17 digs), Alaina Geissberger (three blocks, two solo rejections).
- The Shorewomen hit .229 in the match while serving up seven aces.  Washington had six blocks in the contest, three solo and three assisted.

For Gwynedd Mercy (0-2)
-Casey Griffith (11 kills and contest-best 14 digs), Laura Kirk (13 digs) and Kerry McGlinn (23 assists).
-The Griffins hit .113 in the contest.

Washington College 3 Baruch 0 (26-24, 25-9, 25-23)

How It Happened
-Tied 24-24 in the first set, Washington won the final two points to win the opener.  An attack error by Baruch gave the Shorewomen a 25-24 lead and Jordan sealed the set with a finisher.
-After surrendering the first point to the Bearcats in the second set, the Shorewomen won the next points in a row to take a 9-1 lead on an attack miscue by Baruch.  Horan ended the set with a kill from Olivia Portera to take a 2-0 lead.
-In third and final set, WC led 24-18 following a kill by Kaitlyn Marino before the Bearcats clawed back to 24-23 on an ace by Alessandra Chavez.  Following a timeout by the Shorewomen, Marino ended the set and match with a kill to give the Shorewomen a two-point win.

For The Shorewomen (2-0)
-Horan (21 assists and 10 digs for double-double and tops in the contest), Marino (team-high 10 kills), Geissberger (five blocks to lead all players)
-Washington hit .232 in the win and totaled eight blocks in the victory. 

For Baruch (1-1)
-Akilah Meulens (11 kills to lead all players), Stephanie Cornwell (20 assists), Leslie Chen (three blocks), Chavez (three aces to lead all participants).
-The Bearcats were held to a .032 hitting percentage by the WC defense.

Notes
- Horan registered up her 26th career double-double in the win over Gwynedd Mercy.
- The Shorewomen lead the all-time series against Gwynedd Mercy 3-1.  The Griffins won in four sets at Dickinson in 2006, while the Shorewomen swept at Wesley in 2010 and at DeSales last season.
- This was the third all-time meeting for WC against Baruch.  The Shorewomen won in four sets in 2008 in Manhattan and in three sets at this same invitational in 2015. 
-In six matches at the DeSales Invitatational, Washington has won all 18 sets it has played in at the invitational.

Up Next
9/3 @ DeSales – Noon (DeSales Invitational)
9/3 vs. Rutgers-Camden – 2:00 p.m. (DeSales Invitational)
- Washington downed DeSales in three sets in last season's meeting at the invitational.
- After sweeping DeSales, Washington topped Rutgers-Camden in three sets in the last match of the tournament.
- Second and final day of the DeSales Invitational.