September 3, 2009

McDaniel sweeps to open year

Green Terror knocks off Stevenson in three sets

WESTMINSTER, Md. - Kristen Nuckles (Suffolk, Va./Nansemond-Suffolk Academy) recorded 21 assists and six digs to lead McDaniel to a 3-0 victory over Stevenson in non-conference volleyball action on Thursday.

The Green Terror (1-0) opened the season with a sweep, taking the first set 25-21 before handing the Mustangs (1-1), who went 32-8 last season, their first loss of the season with 25-15 and 25-16 wins in sets two and three, respectively.

Dani Katsampis recorded six kills to lead the Stevenson attack, which hit -.082 for the match.

Taylor Herrgott (Derwood, Md./Magruder) keyed the McDaniel attack with 10 kills, leaving her 17 shy of the 1,000-kill mark. She also added two block assists.

Katie Ferguson (Dover, Pa./Northern York) steadied the Green Terror defense with nine digs.

Sara Hanlon (Frederick, Md./Gov. Thomas Johnson) added five kills and four total blocks.

Freshman Anne McShea (Frederick, Md./Gov. Thomas Johnson) registered four kills, three aces and six digs in her debut.

Three Mustang players reached double figures in the dig column. Avery Gabbard led the way with 12 while Alexa Carney and Katsampis added 11 and 10, respectively.

McDaniel returns to action in a tri-match at Elizabethtown on Saturday. The Green Terror takes on the host Blue Jays at 12 p.m. before playing York (Pa.) at 2 p.m.

McDaniel def. Stevenson, 3-0 (25-21, 25-15, 25-16)
McDaniel Leaders:
Kills: Taylor Herrgott 10, Sara Hanlon 5, Anne McShea 4; Assists: Kristen Nuckles 21; Service Aces: McShea 3; Digs: Katie Ferguson 9, Nuckles 6, McShea 6; Total Blocks: Hanlon 4, Kelly Toms 3.

Stevenson Leaders:
Kills: Dani Katsampis 6, Avery Gabbard 4; Assists: Amy Rudolph 14; Service Aces: Alex Carney 3; Digs: Gabbard 12, Carney 11, Katsampis 10; Total Blocks: Alex Mercer 4. 

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