SALISBURY, Md. – The first day of the Sea Gull Classic is in the books and Gallaudet University split its first two matches on the campus of Salisbury University. The Bison women's volleyball team fell behind 0-2 against DeSales University and rallied to win the next three sets to take a thrilling 3-2 match. GU then turned around and faced the Sea Gulls, ranked No. 24 in Division III, and lost 3-1.
The Bison (8-3) dropped the first two sets against DeSales (4-7) by the same 24-26 score. GU rallied and won the next three sets 25-15, 25-14 and 15-13. This is the third match this season for Gallaudet to go five sets. The Bison are 2-1 in five-set matches this year.
Sophomore outside hitter Kali Frowick (Norfolk, Neb.) had a match-high 23 kills and 24 digs to go with four service aces. Senior Ann Whited (Fishers, Ind.) had 13 kills, 16 digs while fellow senior Jessica Israel (Frederick, Md.) added 11 kills and four block assists. Junior Lane Peters (Phoenix, Ariz.) was the fourth Bison with double digit kill totals as she threw down 10 kills against DeSales. Sophomore setter Sarah Tubert (Burbank, Calif.) passed out 52 assists, 11 digs while freshman libero Kate Fetzer (Noblesville, Ind.) had 26 digs in the win.
Gallaudet (8-3) faced Salisbury in the first round of last year's NCAA Division III tournament first round and lost by the same 3-1 margin. This year's match-up saw the Bison inch closer to the Sea Gulls as the final scores of the sets, 18-25, 22-25, 25-20, 21-25, were much closer than a year ago (17-25, 25-23, 13-25, 13-25).
Whited led all Bison with 17 kills and 10 digs as Frowick added 14 kills and 16 digs in the defeat. Tubert passed out 42 assists and Fetzer made 18 digs.
GU will conclude the second day of the Sea Gull Classic on Saturday against Centenary (N.J.) at 10 a.m. followed by a 2 p.m. contest against Baldwin Wallace.