By Chrissy Segrest
Elm Staff Writer
On Wednesday, Oct. 3, the Shorewomen traveled to Swarthmore, Penn. to take on the Swarthmore College Garnet in their home court.
They lost the match 3-0, but used that as fuel to come back and defeat the Dickinson College Red Devils on Saturday, Oct. 6 in a thrilling 3-2 match, which included two sets that went over time.
Swarthmore started off the first set by taking 15 of the first 19 points, and only allowed the Shorewomen to score nine points.
Washington College used that loss to propel them into the next set, jumping ahead 6-5 on a kill from sophomore Abby Smith. The Garnet took the reins for the rest of the set, going on a 13-2 run, which allowed them to win the set 25-16. The third set had the same fate, with Swarthmore winning 25-14.
During the match, freshman Lauren Zedler had eight assists and six digs to lead the team, as well as Smith with six kills and two blocks.
“Swarthmore played well but we were able to use that as a chance to work hard the next day in practice to prepare for Dickinson,” sophomore Abby Hilty said. “We all worked hard for the win and it definitely paid off.”
Alumni Appreciation Day, celebrated on Oct. 6, welcomed past volleyball alumnae such as 1977 graduate Melinda Rath, 1991 graduate Heather Phillips, and 2018 graduates Taylor Horan, Sarah Bentley and Alaina Geissberger to watch and support WC volleyball take on Dickinson.
WC took on the Red Devils just in time for past teammates to see them make the adjustments they finally needed to click.
Locked in 8-8 in the first set, the Red Devils took seven of the next eight points to secure their first set win at 15-25. The second set was the momentum shifter for the Shorewomen, as they were down to match point, 24-19, when they went on an 8-1 run to win 27-25.
Junior Cassie Kowalski tied it up 24 all. Tied again at 25, Smith came in with an ace for the go ahead point, and Kowalski finished the set with a kill for the win.
“The second set was the momentum shift,” sophomore Kylie Peets said. “The second set was when we knew deep down we could do this: we could pull out the win we’ve been longing for.”
The third set belonged to the Red Devils. With WC trailing 24-19, they scored four points, but this time they couldn’t secure the win and the Devils walked away with the 23-25 victory.
The fourth and fifth sets were WC’s bread and butter, as they won the fourth set 25-18. They lost the first point of the set, but they rallied back for an 8-0 run. They would lead by 13 points twice in the set, 16-3 and 17-4, which allowed them to send it to the fifth set.
The fifth set is almost never played to a full 25 points. It is played to a 15 point, win by two determiners.
WC led the set 9-5 with a kill from Kowalski, but the Red Devils took five straight, leaving it 10-9. The Shorewomen took the lead to 14-13, but Dickinson was able to secure the block to bring it 14 all.
Kowalski and sophomore Izzy Sansanelli had block assists for a 15 all, before senior Kaitlyn Marino killed for the go ahead point and then freshman Jenna Daunoras won the contest on a kill.
Kowalski had a career best of 23 digs along with 15 kills and six assists, as well as Marino had 19 digs, 12 kills, and a career best five blocks. WC had seven aces on the contest and nine blocks.
The Shorewomen hosted Haverford College on Wednesday, Oct. 10, falling 3-1 to the Fords. On Saturday, Oct. 13, the Shorewomen traveled to Lancaster, Penn. with the WC field hockey team to take on the Franklin and Marshall Diplomats in a Conference match, and Clarkson University in a non-conference contest. The Shorewomen lost their match against the Diplomats 3-0 and fell to Clarkson 3-2.
To date, the WC volleyball team stands 2-6 in Ccononference and 7-15 overall. Their next match will be played on Friday, Oct. 19 at Alvernia University at 4 p.m.