By Andrew Chirico
Elm Staff Writer
The Washington College volleyball team grabbed another victory, coming back from a 2-1 deficit against Catholic University. With the non-conference victory, the Shorewomen improved their overall record to 11-5.
“We showed a lot of heart and were able to overcome not playing our best to get the win,” said senior captain Jess Daunoras.
The opening set was not in favor of the Shorewomen, losing it 25-15, which was the largest margin of victory in a set the entire match. The visiting Cardinals were able to lead WC by as many as 11 points in the first set.
The Shorewomen came firing back in the second set, winning it 25-18. WC found themselves up right from the start, jumping to a quick 4-1 lead to start. The Cardinals overcame the third set, winning it 25-18. Momentum changed quickly when Catholic turned the table and never trailed in this set, extending their match to 2-1.
For Catholic that was the last set they would win. WC won the last two sets of the match 25-20 and then 15-13. The Cardinals were able to come within three points in the third set, nearly knocking off the hosts. The fifth and final set was all Catholic to start as they went out to grab a quick 4-0 lead. The Shorewomen prevailed yet again, going on a 5-2 run to take the win.
Daunoras tied her career-highs with nine blocks and eight assisted blocks. For the captain, she totaled her season block total to 65, a team high.
“It feels awesome to get nine blocks last night, and without my right sides and outsides, I wouldn’t have been able to get as many as I did,” said Daunoras. “Most of those blocks are assisted, so without them we would have only had one. It’s all about team work.”
Another standout for WC was senior Kirstin Lee, who had a team high with 19 kills and 18 digs. For Lee, she finds herself with 209 kills, which is the most on the team by far. Following Lee in the kill total is Daunoras, with a season total of 147.
“I felt like I was struggling with other parts of my game last night, so it feels great knowing that I picked up another part of my game and contributed 19 kills,” said Lee.
As for the win, Lee recognizes the importance of being able to come down from a 2-1 deficit.
“I think it says a lot about us that we can come out with a win after being down by so much. We’re definitely a team that refuses to give up,” she said.
WC hosts Alvernia on Thursday, Oct. 8 at 7 p.m. They travel to Bryn Mawr that next Wednesday on Oct. 14 for another 7 p.m. conference showdown.