Women’s volleyball earns back-to-back wins in doubleheader

By Jack Poleto

Sports Editor

On Sept. 3, Washington College volleyball won their games against Wilson College and Immaculata University.

The Shorewomen put on a clinic against Wilson College, wrapping up their match by sweeping the Phoenix in three straight sets.

While winning the first set 25-7, opened with a six-point run that was stopped by a service error. When the serve returned to the Shorewomen, junior defensive specialist Jordan Fairchild’s serves led the team on a seven-point run that forced Wilson College to take a timeout with the score being 13-2.

Following the break, possession of the serve went back and forth until it was 19-7 with Washington College in the lead. The team went on to another seven-point run to close out the set under the serves of freshman setter Allison McKechnie.

The Shorewomen came back in dominant fashion for the second set, starting off with scoring seven straight points with freshman outside hitter Giselle Kleinbussink recording a kill in three of those seven points.

Later in the set at 9-2, Fairchild helped lead Washington College for six-straight points with three aces. The serve returned to the Phoenix for the final time during the second set after a service error, which led to a massive ten-point run by the Shorewomen.

Washington College closed out the second set with a score of 25-3.

For the third set the Shorewomen were off to a slow start, but that stopped after an eight-point run with freshman middle hitter Logan Kenny helping with two blocks and recording two kills.

Women’s volleyball wrapped up their final set against Wilson College with five straight points, with four of those five coming from kills by junior outside hitter Sylvia Johnson, making the score 25-9.

The team was led in points by Johnson, who earned a total of 11 kills; in aces by Fairchild, recording seven aces, and sophomore setter Brooklyn Pugner in digs, with five total digs.

The Shorewomen then faced the Mighty Macs, where they started the first set earning five points. They would get the serve back quickly and capitalized for another five-straight points with various members of the team recording kills.

The team would go on to close out the set outscoring Immaculata six points to 15 points. Senior outside hitter Courtney Maxwell helped lead the Shorewomen with five kills and an ace for the final point in the set resulting in the final score of 25-8.

The second set started out with both teams fighting to see who could go on a scoring run first. At 7-7, WC went on their longest run of the set taking the score to 11-4 with help from Kenny posting two blocks in back-to-back rallies.

As the two teams went back and forth, Immaculata made a final stand at 21-13 and put up a five-point run bringing the score to 21-18 with WC in the lead.

The momentum they gained was quickly shut down due to a service error, allowing for the team to outscore the Mighty Macs four points to one point at the end of the set to make the final score 25-18 in favor of Washington College.

The Shorewomen struggled at the start of the third set, going down 8-2 to the opponent. They slowly clawed their way back thanks to several aces and kills from various team members to make the score 15-13 with Immaculata in the lead.

The team finally hit their stride in the third set, where Fairchild led a six-point run with three aces making the score. They slowly closed out the set, mostly trading points with Immaculata until they secured the win.

In their game against the Mighty Macs, the Shorewomen were led in kills by junior outside hitter Angelina Schaber, who posted 13 kills, and junior Jordan Fairchild, who recorded 17 digs.

Washington College Women’s Volleyball improved to 2-1 on the season and they now look to a doubleheader on September 10th against Saint Mary’s College of Maryland and Trinity Washington University.

Photo by Grace Hazlehurst

Photo Caption: Freshman outside hitter Emily Walker prepares to serve the ball in pre-game warm ups.

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