Shorewomen Down Rutgers-Camden In Four After Falling To DeSales

Shorewomen Down Rutgers-Camden In Four After Falling To DeSales

Geissberger Garners Spot on All-Tournament Team

CENTER VALLEY, Pa. – In the second day of the DeSales Invitational the Washington College volleyball team split a pair of matches on Saturday afternoon at Billera Gym.  In the first match of the day for the Shorewomen fell to host DeSales, 3-0 (25-16, 25-18, 25-21), but were able to gain the split by downing Rutgers-Camden, 3-1 (21-25, 25-20, 25-13, 25-21).  Junior middle hitter Alaina Geissberger (Lake Villa, Ill./Grayslake North) was named to the all-tournament team.

DeSales 3, Washington College 0 (25-16, 25-18, 25-21)

How It Happened
-Leading 8-6 in the first set, DeSales won six of the next seven points to grab a 14-7 lead on a kill by Gabby Savite'.   A kill by the Bulldogs' Jess Swanson ended the first set.
-The two teams were tied at 10-10 in the second set when the Bulldogs scored eight straight points to take an 18-10 lead on an attack miscue by the Shorewomen.  Morgan Shoemaker clinched the set with a kill as DeSales scored the final three points of the second after WC trimmed the deficit to 22-18 on a Lizzie Baden kill.
-Washington jumped out to a 14-7 lead in the third set on an assisted block by Baden and Geissberger.  DeSales answered with an 11-3 run to take an 18-17 lead on a Savite' finisher.  Tied at 20-20, Shoemaker gave the hosts the lead for good on a kill as the Bulldogs won five of the last six points to win by four.  Shoemaker ended the set and match with a kill.  Both teams hit over .300 in the third set as DeSales hit .347 and Washington hit .333.

For The Shorewomen (2-1)
-Audrey Utchen (match-best 20 digs), Taylor Horan (26 assists), Kaitlyn Marino (12 kills). 
-Team hit .209 in the contest.

For DeSales (3-0)
- Savite' (match-best 18 kills and 14 digs for double-double), Jenna Sievert (11 kills), Natalie Gray (15 digs), Lisa Wallitsch (43 assists to lead all players and tied for match-best with three aces), Cristal Fernandez (three aces to Wallitsch for tops in the contest).
-Bulldogs had a .308 attack percentage.

Washington College 3 Rutgers-Camden 1 (21-25, 25-20, 25-13, 25-21)

How It Happened
-Trailing 21-20, Rutgers-Camden scored the final five points to capture the opening set.  A Jordan Erskine kill clinched the first set for the Scarlet Raptors.
-Washington led 20-19 in the second set before reeling off six unanswered points to even the match at one set apiece.  A setting error by Rutgers-Camden ended the second set.
-In the third set, a 10-2 run by the Shorewomen turned a 10-7 lead into a 20-9 cushion following a service ace by Sarah Bentley.  An attack miscue by the Scarlet Raptors ended the set.
-Leading 22-20 in the fourth and final set, WC won three of the final four points to clinch the set and match.  A Cassie Kowalski finisher was the match's final point.

For The Shorewomen (3-1)
-Utchen (team-high 16 digs and career-best five aces), Marino (match-high 17 kills and 10 digs), Horan (38 assists to lead all players and 13 digs), Amy Rohn (11 digs).
-Washington had 11 aces in the win and seven blocks.
-Team hit .184 in the win and hit .235 or better in the last three sets.

For Rutgers-Camden (1-3)
-Erskine (10 kills), Erin Thompson (match-best 23 digs), Kim Bryfogle (team-high 19 assists), Caitlynn Marcano (18 assists), Melanie Kaiser (12 digs).
-Scarlet Raptors hit .121 as a team and tallied seven aces.

Notes
-Bulldogs lead the all-time series versus the Shorewomen 4-3 in a series that dates back to 1991.
-It was WC's first loss at the invitational.
-Washington leads Rutgers-Camden 3-0 in the all-time series in a series that started in 2013.
-The Shorewomen are 7-1 in eight all-time matches at the invitational winning 21 of 25 sets.

Up Next
9/10 at Alvernia – 10:00 a.m.
9/10 v. Immaculata at Alvernia – 12:00 p.m.
- Shorewomen swept Alvernia last season and broomed Immaculata in 2013 in the last meeting against each squad.