WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University women's volleyball team lost, 3-1 (27-25, 12-25, 23-25, 17-25), on Tuesday night against nationally-ranked Christopher Newport University in front of an excited Field House crowd. Gallaudet (17-9) is one of only nine teams that pushed the Captains (23-2) past three sets in 25 matches this season and the sixth team to defeat them in the first set.
The Bison kept the first set close and were aggressive when given a chance against CNU. Senior Danielle Morris (St. Louis, Mich.) served four straight points to tie the score at 15. Freshman Tessa Lewis (Frederick, Md.) only had three kills in the set but each came at an opportune time to fire up the Bison and crowd. Lewis tied the game at 15 and 16 and later gave GU a 24-23 lead. The Captains scored the next two points before sophomore Darriyan Thomas (Vallejo, Calif.) tallied back-to-back kills to put the Bison on the doorstep of the win. The first set ended on a block from Lewis and junior Jasmine Jeter (Noblesville, Ind.).
The Captains came back in the second set with a vengeance though the Bison started the set strong. CNU junior Briana Sutton, the Capital Athletic Conference Player of the Week, was a force to be reckoned with at the net and GU wasn't able to contain the Captains, as they made 17 kills in the second set. Sutton recorded a match best 19 kills and in the process surpassed 1,000 career kills.
Gallaudet held on in the third and fourth sets, battling with the Captains front row that had 15 and 13 kills in each set, respectively. Both sets were neck-and-neck as the Bison refused to let CNU pull away for another big set win.
Senior TraciAnn Hoglind (Fishers, Ind.) served the Bison to a quick 4-0 lead in the fourth set. Fellow senior outside hitter Molly Perkins (Apple Valley, Minn.) added two of her 11 kills during the opening stretch before the Captains got on the scoreboard. The set was tied at 12 when CNU went on a 6-0 run to build a lead it wouldn't relinquish.
Thomas, the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Player of the Week, recorded her 12th double-double of the season with 16 kills and 18 digs.
- Hoglind had 37 of the 40 assists in the game
- Freshman Raelyn Fuechtmann (South St. Paul, Minn.) led the Bison with 19 digs
- The Bison had 10 service aces, led by Hoglind (three)
- The Bison had 71 digs and 42 kills in four sets
- This is the 11th time GU had a set go past 25 points this season
- GU is 2-2 in four-set matches
- CNU lost its only two matches to No. 1 Juniata and No. 2 Emory (in five sets each)
- CNU had 20 block assists in the game to match its season-high mark against Washington and Lee,
- Captains finished with 11 total blocks while GU had three
The Bison will remain at home for Homecoming weekend as GU host a NEAC two-day crossover with three northern conference teams. GU begins the crossover with a key match against SUNY Polytechnic Institute (19-3, 8-1 NEAC) on Friday night at 8 p.m. in the Field House.