Utchen Registers Match-Best 20 Digs; Horan and Marino Tally Double-Doubles
CHESTERTOWN, Md. – Visiting Haverford got a match-best 45 assists to go along with 11 digs and three service aces from Zoe Wong in a 3-1 (26-24, 25-18, 20-25, 25-12) win over host Washington College on Wednesday night in Centennial Conference volleyball action at the Cain Athletic Center.
Haverford 3 Washington College 1 (26-24, 25-18, 20-25, 26-24)
How It Happened
- Washington led 24-23 in the first set following an attack error by Haverford before the Fords rallied to win the set by winning the final three points. Kaylynn Mayo tied the set at 24-24, Natalie Pisch gave the visitors the lead at 25-24 on a kill and Mayo recorded a kill to clinch the two-point win for the guests.
- The Fords raced out to a 4-0 lead in the second set on a kill by Mayo and never trailed on their way to a seven-point win. Maddie Becker ended the set with an ace.
- In the third set, the Shorewomen would stave off elimination as they outscored the Fords 6-1 after the set was tied 19-19. Kaitlyn Marino notched a kill to give WC the lead for good in the third at 20-19 and Lizzie Baden finished the set with a kill.
- Tied 1-1 in the fourth set, Haverford would take control of the set by winning five straight points to take a 6-1 lead on a Mayo kill. Valentine Courouble ended the set and the match with a kill from Wong.
For The Shorewomen (11-13, 2-7 CC)
- Taylor Horan (37 assists and 13 digs), Marino (team-high 14 kills and 11 digs), Baden (12 kills), Alaina Geissberger (match-best three blocks and hit .385), Audrey Utchen (match-high 20 digs)
- Shorewomen had seven service aces and four blocks in the match.
- Washington hit .179 as a team.
For Haverford (16-11, 6-3 CC)
- Wong (45 assists to lead all players, 11 digs and three aces), Courouble (match-high 19 kills), Mayo (11 kills, three aces and hit .533), Becker (team-best 16 digs), Sara Matsumura (15 digs), Pisch (match-topping five aces and 11 digs), Hailey O'Mara (10 digs).
- The Fords had 14 aces and one blocks in the win.
- Haverford hit .235 in the win, including .448 in the fourth set.
- Horan now has 2,483 assists in her career and needs just 17 on Saturday at McDaniel to reach 2,500.
- Utchen, the program's all-time leader in digs, needs 18 digs to achieve 1,600 career digs.
- Two of the three top hitters in kills per set were involved in the match tonight, Courouble for Haverford and Marino for Washington. Entering tonight, Courouble led the CC at 3.70 kills per set and Marino was third at 3.60. After tonight, they are one and two as Courouble is at 3.76 and Marino is at 3.60.
- It was also a match between the top two blockers in the conference, Geissberger for the Shorewomen and Julia Gallagher-Teske for the Fords. Entering tonight, Gallagher-Teske was tops in total blocks with 89 and Geissberger was second at 85, while Geissberger led the Centennial in blocks per set at 0.99 and Gallagher-Teske was second at 0.96. After tonight, Gallagher-Teske has 90 blocks to lead the conference and Geissberger is second at 88 and Geissberger is averaging 0.98 blocks per set to lead the Centennial, while Gallagher-Teske is second at 0.93.
- There were 13 ties and seven lead changes in the match.
10/29 @ McDaniel – 1:00 p.m. (Centennial Conference Match)
- Season finale for Washington.
- The Shorewomen downed McDaniel in four sets last season and has won four of the past five versus the Green Terror.