By Erica Quinones
Editor in Chief
The Shorewomen opened their Centennial Conference games with three losses at an away game against McDaniel College’s Green Terror and a home tri-match against Ursinus College’s Bears and Gallaudet University’s Bisons.
Washington College’s six-game win streak was broken in their Centennial Conference opener against the Green Terror on Sept. 29.
The Green Terror swept their home match with the Shorewomen, but WC did not go down without a fight.
Opening set saw the Shorewomen leading at 20–17, but two consecutive kills from the Green Terror evened the frame at 21 and took the set at 27–25.
The Shorewomen also started the second set strong with a 7–5 advantage, but a 13–4 run by the Green Terror claimed an 18–11 lead for the hosts. A kill by senior Jensyn Hartzell shrank the gap to 22–19, but a service error by the Shorewomen closed the set 25–20, Green Terror.
WC broke out in the final set with four consecutive points, rushing the Shorewomen to a 6–1 lead. But another 12–3 run by the Green Terror surpassed the deficit, giving them a 13–9 advantage. That gap was widened to an unrecoverable 20-12, ending the set and match at 25-15, Green Terror.
Sophomore Angelina Schaber led the game with seven kills, senior Jenna Daunoras led with six blocks, sophomore Jordan Fairchild led with nine digs, and sophomore Sylvia Johnson, senior Lauren Zedlar, Fairchild, and Hartzell all led with one service ace, respectively.
Oct. 2 saw the Shorewomen taking on the Bears and Bisons in Penny J. Fall Gymnasium, where they fell to both teams, bringing their overall to 6–7 in the season and 0–2 in the Conference.
The first match of the day was a Conference match against the Bears.
The first set started strong with the Shorewomen leading 23–19; however, the Bears closed the gap, a kill tying them 23–23. Freshman Lindsay Saddic broke the tie with a kill, but the Bears answered to even it again at 24–24. An attack error by the Shorewomen gave the Bears the advantage and a kill from Ursinus won them the set, 26–24.
WC rallied in the second set, Schaber being a central player. Tying the Bears 18–18, Schaber delivered the kill to claim the advantage and won the set, 25–23.
After the Shorewomen evened the match, the Bears entered the third set, trailing 15–13. However, they rallied with a 12–4 run to win the third set, 25–19.
With the fourth set looming, the Shorewomen fell behind, 19–17. They could not recover from the disadvantage, the Bears winning six of the final eight points to win the set and match, 25–20.
Junior Courtney Maxwell hit a match-high of 17 kills, and Daunoras took the match-high of five blocks. Freshman Colette Franck and Fairchild led the Shorewomen with 14 digs and three service aces, respectively.
Maxwell was named the Goose Nation TV Shorewoman Player of the Match for her performance against the Bears.
This naming comes after Maxwell was named Centennial Volleyball Player of the Week for Sept. 20-26. Maxwell averaged 3.70 kills per set, 3.40 digs per set, and claimed a 28.6% hitting percentage in a 3–0 previous victorious week for the Shorewomen.
Maxwell is the first volleyball player from WC to win the Conference’s weekly title since Abby Smith ’21 who won it on Oct. 22, 2018, according to the WC Athletics website.
In their second match of the day, the Shorewomen squared off with the Bisons, who swept the match, 3–0.
The first set saw the Bisons leading 18–17 and not slowing down. Netting seven of the final 10 points, the Bisons won the first set 25–20 with a kill.
The second set saw the Shorewomen fighting back, evening the score 11–11. However, Gallaudet rallied with five consecutive points, breaking the tie. The Bisons took the set 25–17.
The third and final set of the match saw the Bisons racing to an 18–3 advantage. While the Shorewomen worked to close the gap, a kill by the Bisons closed the set and match, 25–14.
Sophomore Riley McHugh hit a match-best of five blocks. Maxwell and Schaber led the Shorewomen in kills at seven each. Franck and Fairchild appeared again as game leaders, hitting 12 digs and three service aces, respectively. The Shorewomen will continue their season with a Conference match against in-Conference Bryn Mawr College on Oct. 6 and a Alvernia University on Oct. 7.
Photo by Izze Rios