The Shorewomen fall 3-1 against Swarthmore and 3-0 against Muhlenberg, ending their season without post-season play
By Chrissy Segrest
Elm Staff Writer
Around the time everyone starts to hustle and bustle in their classes, fall sports season comes to an end. The Shorewomen Volleyball team finished 7-19 on the season, with those seven wins coming against six non-conference opponents and one conference opponent.
Their last two matches showed tremendous growth from the beginning of the season. On Wednesday, Oct. 30 they took on Conference opponent Ursinus College. Washington College managed to win the first set, before falling behind for the final three sets.
Tied in the first set, WC gathered the remaining 12 points in the set to bring them to a 25-21 victory. Junior Abby Hilty gave them the final point on a service ace from the back line. For the second set, WC was ahead 24-22, before UC managed to gather the final five points to a 27-24 victory. For the last two sets, the Bears won 26-24 and 25-19 respectively.
Although the outcome is not what they were hoping for, the Shorewomen had some impressive numbers for the match. Freshman Courtney Maxwell had 13 kills, which was enough to garner her a match best. Juniors Isabella Sansanelli and Kylie Peets both had 10 kills on the contest, and Sophomore Jensyn Hartzell had a career-best 23 assists. Overall, the Shorewomen had six service aces and seven blocks.
“Overall, we didn’t get the results we wanted.” Hilty said. “We were expecting to do better. But, nonetheless, the entire season we worked extremely hard to improve and get better every day, which is something we should all be proud of.”
For the final match of the season, Muhlenberg College swept WC in a 3-0 loss. This was the last game for senior Cassie Kowalski.
The Shorewomen were never out of the fight, losing the matches with close numbers. In the first set, WC was leading 16-15 before MC went on a seven-point run. The Mules would go on to win the set 25-18. The second set was the closest set the Shorewomen had, losing by only three points. For the third and final set the Mules used their momentum from gathering a 5-0 lead in the beginning to propel them to a 24-15 victory.
On the contest, sophomore Jenny Kabrick had 14 digs, junior Abby Smith had 12 digs and seven kills, and sophomore Lauren Zedlar had 16 assists.
“Although we didn’t win a ton, we still worked really hard everyday” said junior Laura Cochrane. “Everyday at practice we got better. And really, that’s all we needed to do. Sometimes losing teaches you more than winning does.”
Looking back on the season, Peets reflects on which contests she found to be the most exciting for herself and her teammates.
She said, “The match against Stevenson [University]. It was the first time we saw how good we could be when we all came together as a team. Also. taking a set from an undefeated team was awesome.”