WASHINGTON, D.C. - Senior Amanda Krieger (Carmel, Ind.) took home MVP honors as Gallaudet University went a perfect 4-0 en route to capturing the Worthington Classic championship on Saturday at the Field House. The Bison defeated Saint Vincent College, 3-1, in the championship match between the last two unbeaten squads in the seven-team tournament hosted by GU.
Gallaudet (16-8) took the first set 25-20 before the Bearcats (17-7) bounced back with a 25-14 second set victory. The Bison closed out the championship match with 25-19 and 25-21 set victories.
In addition to Krieger, the Bison had two other players on the Worthington Classic All-Tournament team in seniors Justine Jeter (Noblesville, Ind.) and Shana Lehmann (Frederick, Md.).
GU relied on a strong service game in the four victories in the two-day tournament as the Bison recorded 43 service aces (3.1 per set). Gallaudet also had 192 kills (.305 attack percentage) for the weekend.
Krieger led the team with a strong overall game for the weekend where she recorded 53 kills, 35 digs, 14 service aces and one block. Jeter was close behind with 59 kills, 30 digs, 13 service aces and four blocks. Lehmann made a team-high 98 digs (seven per set) while sophomore setter Paige Johnson (North Richland Hills, Texas) passed out 170 assists. Freshman Jessica Israel (Frederick, Md.) was strong for the Bison upfront as she made 12 blocks (0.86 per set) in the classic.
Gallaudet started the tournament off with two victories on Friday night as the Bison defeated University of Dallas 3-1. The Buff and Blue were led by Jeter (18 kills, 12 digs) and Krieger (17 kills, 11 digs) in the 25-20, 25-17, 22-25, 25-15 victory. In the evening, Gallaudet shutout Rochester Institute of Technology, 3-0, before a nice crowd of 500. Johnson passed out 37 assists and Krieger knocked home 15 kills in the 25-18, 25-9, 25-21 win.
The Bison started Saturday off with an early morning 3-0 victory against FDU-Florham 25-9, 25-16, 25-19. The Bison had 10 service aces in the game led by Krieger's six.
Gallaudet will take a five-match winning streak into next week's highly anticipated Capital Athletic Conference showdown on the road against Salisbury University. The Bison will face the first-place Sea Gulls on Tuesday, October 13, at 7 p.m.