Green Terror wins final three sets to down Goucher
WESTMINSTER, Md. – Annie McShea (Frederick, Md./Gov. Thomas Johnson) tied for team-high honors with 12 kills, 17 digs and three aces to lead McDaniel to a 3-1 non-conference volleyball victory over Goucher on Wednesday.
Kelly Toms (Hagerstown, Md./North Hagerstown) added 12 kills for the Green Terror (2-14) while Jackie Hawkins (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) added 11. Hawkins added 13 assists, eight digs and three aces.
Megan Chalk led the Gophers (4-12) with a match-high 19 kills.
Trailing 14-3 in the third set of a 1-1 match, Toms kocked down a kill to pull the hosts within 10.
Chalk stretched the lead back to 11 before a service error turned the serve back over to McDaniel.
Back-to-back attack errors by Goucher made it an 18-13 set. Chalk and McShea exchanged kills to makee it 20-13 before McShea put together 10 straight service points that included four kills from Toms to cap a 20-6 burst that gave the Green Terror a 23-20 lead.
One of Hawkins' aces ended the set at 25-22 and McDaniel rode that momentum into the fourth set, opening up a 6-0 lead.
The Green Terror stretched the advantage to 20-10 before the Gophers tallied eight of the the next 11 points to pull within 23-18 but McDaniel closed out the match with a Hawkins kill for the 25-19 win.
Neither team could open a lead of more than four points in the first set that Goucher eventually won, 25-23.
The second set was even tighter with eight ties and five lead changes before McDaniel prevailed, 25-21.
Ashley Fan led the Gopher defense with 16 digs while Kasey Quinn added 12 digs and four aces.
The Green Terror returns to action at Franklin & Marshall on Saturday. Match time is 1 p.m.
Goucher, 3-1 (23-25, 25-21, 25-22,
Kills: Annie McShea 12, Kelly Toms 12, Jackie Hawkins 11; Assists: Hawkins 13, Kristen Nuckles 12; Aces: Hawkins 3, McShea 3; Digs: McShea 17, Katie Ferguson 17; Total Blocks: McShea 2, Maggie Fennelly 2.