Volleyball finalizes season with two Conference games

By Erica Quinones

The Shorewomen volleyball team closed their 2021 season with two losses against Johns Hopkins University and Dickinson College.

Washington College opened their final week of play with a loss against Johns Hopkins University’s Blue Jays in an at-home game on Oct. 27.

The Blue Jays, who are the number one team in the Centennial Conference, opened the first set with a 12–6 advantage. They cemented their lead with 10 consecutive points. The first set closed with a service ace by the Blue Jays, clinching the opener for them, 25–7.

The second set was tighter, the Shorewomen trailing by one point at 21–20. However, the Blue Jays netted four of the final five points for a 25–21 win.

Johns Hopkins led the third set as well, taking a 15–11 advantage. A 4–0 run boosted the deficit to 19–11. The Blue Jays won the set and match on a kill, 25–15.

WC ended the game with a hitting percentage of -.024 and Johns Hopkins closed the contest with a hitting percentage of .207.

Freshman Lindsay Saddic led the Shorewomen in kills for the match, netting five. Meanwhile, senior Jenna Daunoras topped her team in blocks, hitting four. Sophomore Jordan Fairchild dominated with 12 digs. Daunoras and Fairchild tied for aces, serving up two each.

The Shorewomen wrapped up their season with a final loss at an away game hosted by Dickinson College’s Red Devils in Carlisle, Pa. on Oct. 30.

The game began with the Red Devils clinching the first set. Taking an 11-point win against the Shorewomen, the Red Devils won four of the final five points to close the opening set at 25–14 on a ball handling error by the Shorewomen.

A similar face-off was featured in the second set. Taking a 14–10 lead, the Red Devils netted 11 of the final 14 points for a 25–13 win.

The Shorewomen pushed back in the final set, tying the Red Devils at 15–15. Yet, Dickinson scored the next three points, clinching an 18–15 advantage. A kill by the Red Devils started a 10–2 run, winning the set and match for Dickinson at 25–17.

Daunoras and Fairchild returned to the leaderboard for the Shorewomen, hitting seven kills and eight digs respectively. Seniors Lauren Zedlar and Jensyn Hartzell helped with seven and six assists. The Shorewomen hit two service aces and had zero blocks in the match.

WC hit .074 for the contest and Dickinson hit .468.

The loss brought the Shorewomen’s final overall record to 9–13 and 2-8 for their Conference record. They won five of their nine home games, three of their 10 away games, and one of their three neutral games.

The team’s contributions brought the Shorewomen’s final statistics to 674 assists, 173 service aces, 46 solo blocks, 146 assisted blocks, 937 digs, 417 errors, 725 kills, and 1017 points scored. Their overall hitting percentage is .137 for the 2021 season.

The away game marked the final match for the Shorewomen’s three seniors: Daunoras, Hartzell, and Zedlar.

Photo by Grace Hazelhurst

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