By Jack Poleto
Shorewomen Volleyball played four games in Worthington Classic on Sept. 23 and Sept. 24 in Washington D.C.
The team began their first game against the Gallaudet University Bison with the opponent going on a five-point run. The Bison continued to hold the lead until the Shorewomen began turning the tide when the score hit 8-14.
The Shorewomen went on a massive nine-point run with a handful of kills coming from various Shorewomen, bringing the score to 18-14.
Gallaudet pulled back into the set by scoring three points, cutting their deficit to one point. The two teams went back and forth with scoring until the score hit 24-24. The Shorewomen came away with the first set thanks to a kill by freshman outside hitter Giselle Kleinbussink and an attack error by the Bison. The final score of the set was 26-24.
The second set began with the Shorewomen scoring three-straight points and Gallaudet responding with three of their own. The team then went on a seven-point run thanks to several attack errors by the Bison, making the score 10-3.
Gallaudet later went on a six-point run and brought themselves back into the set as the score hit 11-10. After trading the serve a few times, the Bison took the lead for the first time in the second set with a four-point run, giving them the advantage at 15-18.
The Shorewomen put up three points to remain in contention for the set. The two teams traded the serve yet again until the score hit 22-22, where the Shorewomen would go on a three-point run to close out the set 25-22, with a kill from senior outside hitter Courtney Maxwell.
To start the third set, the Shorewomen posted a three-point run with two kills, one from Maxwell and another from junior middle hitter Riley McHugh. The team would slowly extend their lead until the score was 11-6, where the Bison went on a four-point run to make the score 11-10.
The Shorewomen answered with a four-point run with three kills from three different team members. Then, the Bison came back with another four points to make the score 15-14 with the Shorewomen maintaining the lead.
Following two points by the Shorewomen, the Bison exploded into a seven-point run with several kills, bringing the score to 17-21.
The two teams then traded the serve back and forth until the Shorewomen cut the lead to two points at 22-24. The team then went on a four-point run to close the set with two kills from Maxwell and two aces from freshman libero Gianna Romano.
In their game against the Bison, the Shorewomen were led by junior outside hitter Angelina Schaber’s ten kills and Maxwell’s nine with the help of junior defensive specialist Jordan Fairchild’s six digs.
Following their close win, the Shorewomen looked to their next opponent of the day against the Lebanon Valley College Dutchmen.
In their loss of the first set, the Shorewomen kept the score extremely close. For every point they put up, Lebanon Valley answered with two. The set was decided as the Dutchmen went on a three-point run, bringing the score to 20-14.
The Shorewomen made several attempts at bringing the serve back to them for a run, but the Dutchmen closed out the set with their final point coming from a kill, making the score 25-19.
The second set was won by the Dutchmen with several long runs of points. Their first came from a three-point run that made the score 3-1. Later in the set they went on a five-point run, making the score 13-7.
The Shorewomen posted a three-point run with two kills from Kleinbussink bringing the score to 16-12 with the Dutchmen in the lead.
Lebanon Valley then went on a seven-point run followed by scoring their final two points posting a final score of 25-13.
The third set began just as the second did with a three-point run by the Dutchmen. The Shorewomen began to mount a comeback with a four-point run bringing the score to 9-10, with the Shorewomen in the lead.
The Dutchmen put the set away with a six-point run, giving them a ten-point lead at 23-13. The serve came back to the Shorewomen with a kill by Schaber, but Lebanon Valley closed out with their final two points, making the final score 25-14.
The third game of Worthington Classic for the Shorewomen was against the Elmira College Soaring Eagles.
The Shorewomen began their first set with two points, but the Eagles followed with a nine-point run.
The team would go on to have a five-point run with two kills coming from Kleinbussink making the score 7-9. After two points by the Eagles, the Shorewomen went on another five-point run with two aces by sophomore setter Brooklyn Pugner.
The Shorewomen went on to close the first set with a six-point run thanks to a handful of kills and errors that brought the final score to 25-18.
The second set began with the two teams going back and forth, making the score 5-5. The Shorewomen then went on a six-point run. As the set continued, the Shorewomen went on two more runs totaling to seven points that brought the score to 24-15.
The team’s final point came from a kill by sophomore outside hitter Lindsay Saddic, making the final score of the second set 25-16.
To start the third set, the two teams traded the serve back and forth. As the score hit 5-5, the Shorewomen went on a five-point run with two aces coming from freshman middle hitter Logan Kenny making the score 10-5.
As the Shorewomen finished the third set, they outscored the Eagles 15-7, making the final score 25-12.
The team was led by Fairchild and freshman setter Allison McKechnie with 11 digs each and Schaber, who posted nine points.
For their final game of the Worthington Classic, the Shorewomen played against the Catholic University Cardinals.
The Shorewomen fell with a score of 25-15 in the first set due to several runs by the Cardinals. In the first set, the team was led by Kleinbussink with four kills and Schaber with five kills.
The second set was far closer with several runs by each team. After the score hit 21-19 with Catholic in the lead, the Cardinals scored their final four points with three kills, bringing the final score of the set to 25-21.
The third set began with both teams scoring three points until the Cardinals went on a six-point run. For the rest of the set, the Shorewomen were outscored 16-9 with a handful of kills, aces, and errors contributing to their points.
The Shorewomen were led in their final game by Schaber’s 11 kills and Fairchild’s seven digs. McKechnie also recorded 16 assists with six digs of her own.
Following these two days of play, the Shorewomen now have a record of 8-5. Their next game marks the start of conference play on Oct. 1 against Ursinus College and Cabrini University in Collegeville, PA.
Photo by Grace Hazlehurst.
Photo Caption: Members of the women’s volleyball team celebrating after a point.