Gallaudet advances to ECAC Semifinal, Lehmann ties CAC career digs record
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The three seniors on the Gallaudet University volleyball team played stellar in their final home collegiate appearance at the Field House on Wednesday evening. Second-seed Gallaudet rolled past seventh-seed University of Pittsburgh-Bradford, 3-0, in the first round of the 2009 Eastern College Athletic Conference South Region Championship. The Bison never allowed the Panthers past 16 points in any set as GU won 25-9, 25-12, 25-16.
Senior Shana Lehmann (Frederick, Md.) tied the Capital Athletic Conference career record for digs as she made 26 against the Panthers to tie the mark of 3,021 set by Jill Crouse-Wolf from York (Pa.) College back in 1996-99. Lehmann currently has 3,021 career digs in 525 sets played since 2005. She sat out last season after she suffered an injury two games into the season. She is on pace to break Crouse-Wolf's other CAC career record for digs per game average of 5.64 per set. Lehmann currently has an average of 5.75.
Gallaudet (25-14) will face third-seed Widener University (22-15) on Saturday, November 14, at 1:30 p.m. in the second semifinal in Center Valley, Pa., on the campus of top-seed DeSales University (22-8). DeSales beat eighth-seed Penn State-Altoona, 3-1, on Wednesday night and will face fifth-seed St. Vincent (23-10) in the first semifinal on Saturday at 11 a.m. The Bearcats crawled their way past fourth-seed and defending ECAC champion Penn State-Behrend with a 3-2 victory. Widener defeated sixth-seed Swarthmore, 3-1, in the final first round match-up on Wednesday. The ECAC championship match will take place at 4 p.m. at Billera Hall.
Senior outside hitter Amanda Krieger (Carmel, Ind.) was lights out in the first set as she made nine of her game-high 20 kills. She added two service aces as the Bison rolled to a 25-9 set win. GU led 10-2 early on before the Bison pulled away behind the service game of senior outside hitter Justine Jeter (Noblesville, Ind.) and Krieger's strong hitting upfront. Krieger had six kills during an eight-point run as Jeter served. Jeter finished the game with 12 kills and 10 digs. Krieger also added 10 digs to go with three service aces.
The second set started much like the first as Gallaudet staked itself to an 11-2 lead and increased the lead to 17-6 before Pittsburgh-Bradford (18-6) called timeout. There was no stopping the Bison in the match as they stampeded past the Panthers in the third and final set.
Freshman Ann Whited (Fishers, Ind.) added eight kills and 10 digs. Sophomore setter Paige Johnson (North Richland Hills, Texas) passed out 34 assists, recorded 12 digs and served up two service aces in the victory.