WASHINGTON - The Gallaudet University women's volleyball team went 1- 1 on the first day of the 8th annual Worthington Classic held in the Field House. Seven teams competed alongside the Bison on the first day of the two-day tournament. Gallaudet women's volleyball team fought a tough battle as they fell to DeSales, 3-1, in the opening match before defeating Olivet College, 3-0, in the nightcap.
The Bison played fiercely as three of the four sets scored over 25 points; 25-27, 31-29, 25-19, 25-17. Senior Kali Frowick (Norfolk, Neb.) was unmatched on the court as she played four astounding sets. The senior captain had 27 kills in 67 attempts and 18 digs to add to her impressive stat sheet. Junior libero Kate Fetzer (Noblesville, Ind.) and junior Danielle Morris (St. Louis, Mich) also proved to be tough players with 18 digs and 13 digs, respectively. Morris and junior Molly Perkins (Apple Valley, Minn.) added 16 kills (eight each) of the 56 made by the Bison. Junior TraciAnn Hoglind (Fishers, Ind.) had 51 of the 54 assists.
In the second match against the Comets, the Bison won in straight sets 25-19, 25-21, 25-14. Frowick dominated with 17 kills and 13 digs, giving her eight double-doubles on the season. Freshman Darriyan Thomas (Vallejo, Calif.) showed up on the court with 10 digs and Hoglind had 34 set assists in the match. Sophomore Giuletta Maucere (Frederick, Md.) and Morris each had 7 kills to add to the teams 43 kills.
Olivet (4-10) won their first match of the tournament with a 3-2 win over Allegheny College (12-5), who in turn defeated DeSales (13-4) in their second match in five sets. Hope College (12-0), the No. 1 women's volleyball team in Division III, breezed through its first day with back-to-back straight set wins. Messiah College (11-4) kept pace with the Flying Dutch with two wins on the day. Rowan (6-9) and Marymount University lost both matches on the first day.
The Worthington Classic will continue tomorrow (Saturday, Sept. 27) starting at 10 a.m. with DeSales facing Olivet and Marymount vs. Rowan. Gallaudet will play at noon against Allegheny College with more matches at 2 p.m. and 4 p.m., when the Worthington Classic champion will be crowned.