Volleyball Tournament

By Kayla Zapcic

Elm Staff Writer

The Washington College volleyball team had a full weekend at the Marymount Tournament, playing both Friday and Saturday of this past weekend. The Shorewomen took on Marymount, Wheaton, Eastern, and Randolph-Macon.

The Shorewomen unfortunately lost all games during the tournament. They lost to Marymount 3-1, Wheaton 3-1, Eastern 3-0, and Randolph-Macon 3-0.

The matches were close against Marymount (25-14, 22-25, 25-18, 25-13) and Wheaton (25-14, 17-25, 25-20, 25-18) on the first day. On the second day, the Shorewomen put up a good fight against Eastern with close matches again (25-15, 25-22, 25-17) and Randolph Macon (25-18, 25-22, 25-18).

During the Shorewomen’s first match to start the weekend, Marymount began with a 12-4 lead following with a kill, leading to an 11-point victory.  The Saints ended the set with a kill.

In the second set, the teams were tied at 22-22 before WC won the last three points to win the set.  An assisted block by freshmanJenna Daunoras and senior Kaitlyn Marino gave the Shorewomen a 23-22 lead and won the set.

Marymount used an 8-1 run to snap a 10-10 tie in the third set to get an 18-11 lead on an assisted block.

Leading 8-7, the Saints took control of the final set with a 10-1 run to lead 18-8 and finished the match with a kill by Maggie Munro.

The Wheaton Thunder led the first set 6-4 before taking the lead 12-5 and winning the set. In the second set, WC led 16-15, earning nine more points to clinch the set. In the third set, the Thunder took the lead from 16-14 to 22-16 and eventually won the set. Wheaton won the set by a kill.

On the second day of the tournament the Shorewomen had eight kills against Eastern and had nine kills in the second set and five kills in the third. Against Randolph Macon WC had a total of 23 kills during the match, but still fell short.

There were some stand outs this weekend for WC including junior Cassie Kowalski, who was named to the all-tournament team and Daunoras, who set her career high during Friday matches. Sophomore Isabella Sansanelli and Daunoras both had 4 blocks during the matches. Sophomore Abby Smith had 11 digs and junior Olivia Portera had 12. Kowalski had 8 kills and 10 digs during the matches and freshman Lauren Zedlar had a total of 28 assists throughout the tournament. Despite the losses endured, the team is still excited for the rest of their season.

“The end result wasn’t what we wanted, however we are making progress,” Smith said. “Our preseason is short, so these early games on our schedule are really important and are helping us as a team before we go into conference play. As far as how I feel, I feel great and the morale of the team is high.”

The team so far is 4-5, and they take on Catholic at Catholic on Sept. 12. They will begin conference play on Sept. 15 at Gettysburg.

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