By Andrew Chirico
Following an end-of-season five game winning streak, the Washington College volleyball team opened its last week of play suffering a tough five set loss to conference opponent Haverford. The team then hosted McDaniel on its Senior Day and finished off their season on a high note, winning the match 3-1 on Saturday.
Haverford jumped out early on the Shorewomen, winning the first set 25-18. The Fords maintained their lead throughout the entire set as WC could only come within three points in the opening set. WC was able to even the match at 1-1 when they scored eight straight points in the second set. Haverford responded with a point run of their own, but the hosts clinched the second set’s final points and win it 25-21.
Although the Shorewomen jumped up to a 10-4 lead in the third set, Haverford scored seven consecutive points, which aided them in taking the set 25-18. In the back-to-back set battle, WC gained momentum, taking the fourth set 27-25. In that set, the team stopped a four point run by Haverford to hold onto their lead.
The last and most crucial set was opened by a 4-0 run by the hosts. Haverford found itself up by 11-3 at one point and held onto that lead, taking the set 15-9, which gave them their seventh conference win of the season, and a birth to the conference tournament.
Leading WC in kills was senior Kristin Lee with 16. Along with Lee came Junior Audrey Utchen who was able to total 25 digs, just one shy of her season high of 26 which came versus Penn-St Behrend back in non-conference play. Sophomore Taylor Horan had a total of 43 assists, which was also just two shy of her season high of 45, which came against Catholic University.
The last home match on Senior Day was a positive one for the Shorewomen. The team sent off seniors Kristin Lee and Jess Daunoras on a positive note. WC grabbed the first set, winning it 26-24. They found themselves down 21-20 against The Green Terror, but were able to grab six points, taking the opening set.
The second set went in favor of McDaniel, winning it 27-25. It was all WC after that as they went on to win the last two sets, 25-23, and 25-19. Lee finished her last match at WC with 11 kills and 17 digs. Daunoras followed her with 10 kills and six blocks.
Daunoras and Lee both had major contributions to the program throughout their time at WC. After four years, Daunoras did not want the season to come to an end.
“We performed well in October, but we could have done better,” said Daunoras. “As a senior, it’s sad to think that Saturday could be my last game. I don’t want it to end. I love playing.”
The Shorewomen finished their season 17-10 overall and 5-5 in Centennial Conference play. The team had a very successful home campaign, going 7-1 in the Cain Athletic Center. Conference play was improved from last season, coming off of just three wins in conference last season. The program gained two more conference victories this year compared to last year’s total.