WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Gallaudet University women's volleyball scored five of the final seven points in the fifth and deciding set on Tuesday night at the Field House to secure a thrilling 3-2 victory (19-25, 25-15, 20-25, 25-15, 15-12) over St. Mary's (Md.) College before a crowd of 250.
The Bison (14-6) had to rally, down 2-1, and win the fourth and fifth sets to claim their 14th win of the 2011 season and against the Seahawks (5-14), a former nemesis when Gallaudet was a member of the Capital Athletic Conference. In the past five matches played between Gallaudet and St. Mary's three of them went five sets and the other two went four sets. GU has won the past two meetings 3-2, the last came on October 15, 2009.
Freshman middle hitter Kali Frowick (Norfolk, Neb.) led the Bison offense with 20 kills on 44 attempts and added 15 digs to secure her fourth double-double of the season. Junior outside hitter Ann Whited (Fishers, Ind.) was second on the team with 15 kills and 12 digs, also her fourth double-double this year.
A nice surprise for the Bison was 6-foot-0 freshman middle hitter Alison O'Hara (Colorado Springs, Colo.), as she made her first career start tonight, and came up big for the Bison down the stretch with several blocks. She led the team with three solo blocks and added an assisted block in her four block performance. She also had three kills on 10 attempts in five sets played.
Fellow freshman Sarah Tubert (Burbank, Calif.) passed out a career-high 47 assists and was a dig short of a double-double as she made nine to go with three kills, one block solo and one block assist. Junior middle hitter Jessica Israel (Frederick, Md.) flexed her muscle upfront at the net as she made eight blocks (six block assists) and added 11 kills on 21 attempts.
Senior outside hitter Paige Johnson (North Richland Hills, Texas) was also strong up front as she made seven kills, eight digs and three block assists. Junior libero Mari Klassen (White Rock, British Columbia) made a team-high 28 digs. Juniors Krystal Johnson (North Richland Hills, Texas) and Lauren Benedict (Germantown, Md.) came off the bench to contribute in the win over the Seahawks.
GU will next host the 5th annual Worthington Classic on Friday, October 7 through Saturday, October 8, at the Field House. The Bison will play twice on Friday when they go up against Salem at 2 p.m. followed by a night contest with Allegheny, scheduled for 8 p.m.