By Andrew Chirico
Elm Staff Writer
Coming off a 2-2 record in the Hampton Inn Crusader Classic and a road victory at Goucher, the Washington College volleyball team defeated visiting Gettysburg in a five set thriller. The Shorewomen found themselves down 2-1, but prevailed and went on to take the last two sets, giving them their first Centennial Conference victory.
“It feels so good to get that conference win. I think that’s what we needed to get us back into playing our game,” said senior captain Jess Daunoras.
WC was able to get out to a quick eight point run in the first set. the Shorewomen quickly found themselves up 17-4 following another run of six points. They never looked back and won the first set against the Bullets.
The next two sets went to Gettysburg, winning them 25-15 and 25-20. The Bullets were able to go on a set of point steaks, eight and then five to claim the second set. The third set was within grasp for WC, but Gettysburg hung on and won their last set of the match.
Down 2-1, the Shorewomen opened the fourth set on a very strong start, going on a 16-8 run, which was later trimmed down to 23-23 by the Bullets. Senior Kirstin Lee came through for her team, delivering two kills to finish off the set 25-23.
The fifth and final set was all WC until they found themselves notched up at 12-12. Both teams went back and forth, but the hosts were able to take the final points and win the set 15-13.
Kirstin Lee, who led the team with 23 kills, was happy to find success early on in conference play.
“It felt great to pull it out. We picked up our energy in the last couple sets and took control of the game. This was only our second conference game of the season, so it’s awesome that we got a win early on,” said Lee. “We played really well together as a team, and everybody on and off the court were cheering and brought a lot of positive energy that helped us play our game the way we needed to.”
With the win, the Shorewomen advance to 10-5 overall, and 1-1 in conference play. WC has their opportunity to climb the Centennial Conference standings in the month of October as they go on to play eight conference matches. Four matches will be played at home while four will be played on the road.
“I think we needed this win to help us regain focus for our goal to playoffs,” said Daunoras.
WC travels to Swarthmore on Tuesday, Oct. 6 at 7 p.m. for a conference showdown. The game can be seen on the livestream found on the Washington College Athletic’s webpage.