ST. MARY'S CITY, Md. - The Gallaudet University volleyball team closed out the regular-season with a 2-2 split at the Seahawk Invitational hosted by St. Mary's (Md.) College. The Bison earned wins over Washington & Lee University and City College of New York. Gallaudet's two losses came against Bridgewater (Va.) College and No. 23 Eastern University.
Senior Justine Jeter (Noblesville, Ind.) led the way as she had a team-high 53 kills and 47 digs in the four matches of the two-day tournament held from Friday to Saturday. Senior Amanda Krieger (Carmel, Ind.) followed with 45 kills and 48 digs while freshman hitter Ann Whited (Fishers, Ind.) had 29 kills and digs. Senior libero Shana Lehmann (Frederick, Md.) came up with a team best 110 digs while sophomore Paige Johnson (North Richland Hills, Texas) had 129 assists, 33 digs and seven service aces.
The first day saw Gallaudet (22-13) drop the first match to nationally ranked Eastern in four, 3-1. Gallaudet won the third set but ultimately lost 13-25, 18-25, 25-22, 19-25. The Buff and Blue turned around and beat the Generals from W&L in four; 25-21, 23-25, 25-20, 25-21. On Saturday, Gallaudet got off to a slow start against Bridgewater and lost in three; 19-25, 18-25, 18-25. The Bison ended on a high note with a three set win against CCNY; 30-28, 25-18, 27-25. Freshman Jessica Israel (Frederick, Md.) had a strong day on Saturday with eight blocks in two games.
Gallaudet will next host a Capital Athletic Conference first round match on Tuesday, November 3, at 8 p.m. in the Field House. GU is the third-seed and will welcome sixth-seed Marymount (Va.) University with the winner advancing to Thursday night's semifinal round.