NEWPORT NEWS, Va. – It was an all too familiar feeling for the Gallaudet University women's volleyball team on Friday night as the Bison saw their season come to an end in the first round of the NCAA Division III tournament. For the fourth time in five seasons, Gallaudet's season ended at the Freeman Center on the campus of Christopher Newport University as the host Captains won in straight sets; 25-16, 25-17, 25-19.
This is the second time CNU, who is ranked No. 9 in the nation, beat Gallaudet in the NCAA first round. The Captains won, 3-0, back in 2010 the first year that GU started its current streak of five consecutive NCAA tournament appearances.
Gallaudet wraps up its season with a 22-14 overall record as the Bison claimed a fifth straight North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) championship. The match marked the end of the careers for senior co-captains Kali Frowick (Norfolk, Neb.) and Julia Wolff (Belleville, Ontario).
In the match, Frowick led the Bison with nine kills and eight digs while Wolff had six kills and two block assists. Junior Danielle Morris (St. Louis, Mich.) added four kills, six digs and one block solo. Junior setter TraciAnn Hoglind (Fishers, Ind.) passed out 21 assists and made two block assists in the loss.
Christopher Newport (32-3) had a slim 11-9 lead in the first set before it reeled off six straight points as the Bison had to use a timeout before getting a side-out at 17-10. Junior libero Kate Fetzer (Noblesville, Ind.) made a great dig to save a point as Frowick slammed home a kill as GU trailed by six, 19-13. The Captains scored six of the next nine points to take the early 1-0 lead.
The Captains continued to slam home points as they doubled up the Bison in kills (44-22) led by Briana Sutton's 13 kills. CNU led 5-1 and later 16-10 before taking a 2-0 lead in the 25-17 second set.
Frowick secured Gallaudet's first point in the third set as the Bison led early, 1-0, before extending its lead to 5-3 and later 12-10. CNU changed the tide with four straight points to take a 14-12 lead and force GU head coach Lynn Ray Boren to call a timeout. The Captains tried to help Gallaudet out with 11 service errors in the match. GU tried to get to the 20-point plateau but fell just short with 19 points in the third set.
"I have to give full credit to CNU. They played an amazing game. We tried our best and we had some errors and that hurt us," said Boren. "Honestly, I am happy with the way we played. Our goal was to get in the twenties and we were almost there."
CNU advances to the regional semifinals and will face Stevenson University tomorrow (Saturday, Nov. 15) at 6 p.m. The Mustangs (30-5) defeated Richard Stockton in five sets, 3-2. The first semifinal features Haverford against No. 13 Eastern at 3:30 p.m.
Frowick, the 2014 NEAC Player of the Year, concludes her career with 1,954 points, 1,751 kills, 1,597 digs, 128 blocks, 119 service aces in 143 matches played in four years. Wolff tallied 440 kills, 168 blocks, 101 digs, 53 solo blocks in 100 matches played in four seasons.