Smith Tallies Career-High 30 Digs in Win over Wesley in Addition to Tying Personal-Best with 15 Kills
CHESTERTOWN, Md. – The Washington College volleyball team split a pair of home matches on Saturday afternoon at the Cain Athletic Center. In the first match of the day, Gettysburg downed Washington, 3-1 (25-13, 25-16, 23-25, 25-22) in a Centennial Conference match and in the second match of the afternoon Washington fought off five elimination points in the fifth set top visiting Wesley 3-2 (25-13, 25-17, 23-25, 24-26, 17-15) in a non-conference contest.
Gettysburg 3 Washington College 1 (25-13, 25-16, 23-25, 25-22)
How It Happened
- The Bullets hit .429 en route to winning the first set by 12 points as they tallied 17 kills. A kill by Zanze Kuba-McCoy ended the first set.
- In the second set with Gettysburg holding a 17-15 lead, the visitors closed out the set on an 8-1 run to go up 2-0, including seven straight points to go ahead 24-15. Kuba-McCoy ended the set with her second set-clinching kill.
- Down 19-14 in the third set, the Shorewomen won 11 of the final 15 points to avoid the sweep and win by two. Abby Hilty served three straight aces to tie the match at 19-19 and a kill by Isabella Sansanelli put Washington ahead for good at 21-20. Leading 24-23, Courtney Maxwell ended the set with a kill.
- Tied 21-21 in the fourth set, Gettysburg won four of the final five points of the set and match. Kasey Higgins tallied a kill to put the Bullets ahead the rest of the way at 22-21 and Higgins ended the contest with a finisher.
For The Shorewomen (4-8, 0-1 CC)
- Jenna Daunoras (11 kills and hit .688), Abby Smith (13 digs), Lauren Zedlar (27 assists and 11 digs), Hilty (20 digs and four aces), Jensyn Hartzell (11 assists), Sansanelli (four blocks)
- Team hit .155 in the contest, notched four rejections and served up six aces.
For Gettysburg (7-6, 1-0 CC)
- Kuba-McCoy (16 kills), Brooke Newell (20 assists), Sarah Ellis (21 assists), Francesca Garison (12 digs and four aces), Ingrid Bayer (two blocks)
- The Bullets hit .275 in the contest, had three blocks and eight aces.
Washington College 3 Wesley 2 (25-13, 25-17, 23-25, 24-26, 17-15)
How It Happened
- The Shorewomen used a 9-3 run in the first set to turn a 10-5 lead into a 19-8 advantage following an attack miscue by the Wolverines. And attack error by Wesley ended the first set.
- Leading 10-7 in the second set, Washington won 10 of the following 13 points to extend its lead to 20-10 and an assisted block by Daunoras and Laura Cochrane. An attack error by the Wolverines ended the second set.
- Wesley would not go down quietly and rallied to win the third set 25-23. The Shorewomen rallied from 18-13 down to tie it at 23-23 on a Kylie Peets kill before Wesley won the last two points to win the set. Micah Wright put the Wolverines ahead 24-23 on a kill and an attack error by the Shorewomen ended the third.
- Trailing 10-6 in the fourth, Wesley went on a 13-5 run to take a 19-15 lead following an attack error by WC. Washington would rally to tie it at 24-24 after a hitting miscue by Wesley. Wesley though would win the final two points as they took the lead on an attack error by Washington and won it on a Regan Healey service ace.
- In the fifth set, the Wolverines overcame a 4-1 deficit by scoring 13 of the next 19 points to take a 14-10 lead on a Mary Getty kill and needed just one point to win the set and match. However, the Shorewomen would win five elimination points in their comeback, including four straight to tie the fifth at 14-14 on a Smith kill. Wesley would retake the lead at 15-14 on a finisher by Emily Waldridge. Daunoras tied it on a kill and a bad set by the Wolverines gave WC a 16-15 lead. Peets would end the contest with a kill and Washington came away with the set and contest win.
For The Shorewomen (5-8)
- Smith (career-high 30 digs and 15 kills to tie for personal-best), Zedlar (31 assists to tie career-best and 13 digs), Sansanelli (12 kills and four blocks), Peets (career-high 15 kills), Hartzell (21 assists and 11 digs), Hily (personal-topping 26 digs), Jenny Kabrick (14 digs), Daunoras (career-best 10 blocks)
- Washington had eight aces and 15 blocks as the team hit .177.
For Wesley (6-8)
- Getty (10 kills), Lindsay Burg (31 assists and 27 digs), Healey (three aces), Waldridge (21 digs), Caelli Clifford (22 digs and three aces), Micah Wright (four blocks)
- Wolverines hit .041 while notching nine aces and five blocks.
- Hilty was named the Goose Nation TV Shorewoman Player of the Match against Gettysburg and Smith was named the Goose Nation TV Shorewoman Player of the match versus Wesley.
- In the middle match, Gettysburg swept Wesley in three sets by scores of 25-20, 25-17 and 25-22 as the Bullets improved to 8-6 and the Wolverines dropped to 6-7.
- Smith is the first Washington player with 30 or more digs in a match since Kate Liccione '15 had 37 digs at Ursinus on October 19, 2011.
- Daunoras had 10 blocks for the second time in her career as she had 10 on September 22, 2018 vs. Lycoming at Stevenson. In the rally scoring era which dates back to 2001, she is the only WC player with multiple double figure block performances.
- With their 15 blocks tonight, the Shorewomen have had three matches since 2015 with 15 blocks, tallying 15 against Penn State Behrend (9/18/15) and at Dickinson (10/7/17).
9/25 @ Bryn Mawr – 7:00 p.m. (Centennial Conference match)