Volleyball split in non-conference play

By Chrissy Segrest 

Elm Staff Writer

edited.Volleyball_SoLauraCochrane_MarkCooleyThe Shorewomen Volleyball team went on the road this week for all three games. On Thursday they traveled to Philadelphia, Pennsylvania to take on the Rosemont Ravens. The Shorewomen dominated the Ravens winning all three sets in an overwhelming final score of 25-11,25-19, and 25-8.

On Saturday, they closed out the weekend in Washington D.C. where they competed against two teams at a tournament held at Gallaudet University. First, they faced off against Lynchburg College. In this game, they lost all three sets but kept it close and competitive with final scores of 25-23,25-18, 25-15. During the match, junior Isabella Sansanelli led the team in both kills and blocks totaling five and four respectively and junior Abigail Hilty lead the team in digs with 13 for the match. Ultimately, the Lynchburg Hornets outplayed the WC Shorewomen sending them down to a 2-4 overall record.

The final game the Shorewomen played was against Virginia Wesleyan where they also lost all three sets in finals scores of 25-8, 25-13, 25-19. The Shorewomen were lead in kills by junior Maggie Pietrucha, five, and digs by senior Olivia Portera, 10.

Additionally, junior Abigail Smith was named to the all-tournament team for the second year in a row after garnering the same recognition in the Arcadia Invitational in 2017.

Freshman outside hitter Courtney Maxwell described her confidence in her team and in herself.  She said practice is the most important part to the team’s approach for this past week’s games.

“My personal approach in these three games was to stay confident in my team and the team’s ability to work together. Also, I always practice hard before upcoming games and always try to give my all on the court. I know the team as a whole always practices very hard and always works to get better during practices and games, which helps prepare us for tough competition,” she said.

The Shorewomen will face off next in their home opener on Wednesday, Sept.11 at 7 p.m. in Cain Gymnasium as they face off against Catholic University.

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