By Derek Stiles
The Shorewomen were unable to transition their dominance in out-of-conference games to the Centennial Conference schedule as they dropped their opening two games to Johns Hopkins and Gettysburg.
The team started out the season with a 9-1 record, their best start since 1978, and they have gone 2-3 since with their losses coming to their conference opponents and Marymount.
Despite the recent results, the Shorewomen look to turn their season around and move up in the rankings.
“There is always room to improve and this year we have set higher goals for this season,” sophomore Caitlin Cooney said. “We want to win even more games and aim for the academic award as a team again. The team had one of its best seasons last year and we only want to get better. We want to prove that we are a threat in the conference.”
The Shorewomen put themselves in a deep hole early in both games as a 7-7 tie turned into a 17-10 lead for Hopkins after a 10-3 streak by the Blue Jays. WC would then go down 3-12 in the second set followed by a 1-7 deficit in the third set. They were unable to recover as they lost the match 0-3.
Another shutout was dealt to the Shorewomen shortly after, as the Gettysburg Bullets claimed a win with a 25-15, 25-15, 27-25 score line. Junior middle hitter Jess Daunoras would lead all players in the game with 20.5 points followed by Cooney with 14.
“We want to continue to win,” Daunoras said. “It’s not just about winning either but about getting better as a team too. When we reach our maximum potential is when we will be satisfied with the record we will come to have.”
The team turned it around following the Gettysburg game, tallying up another non-conference victory over Kean in a nail-biting 3-2 win.
Washington College started out the match strong with two dominating sets before dropping two straight. The Shorewomen were able to pull through in the fifth set, however, as they won on an attacking error by a Kean player.
Daunoras would rack up 16 kills followed by Cooney with 14. Freshman setter Taylor Horan handed out 48 assists while tallying 17 digs on the night.
The Shorewomen will look to continue their stellar non-conference play away at Catholic on Saturday, Oct. 7.