GALLOWAY, N.J. - The Gallaudet University women's volleyball season ended here Friday night as they lost in straight sets to Stockton University in the first round of the 2015 NCAA Division III tournament before a crowd of 530.
Gallaudet (23-13) jumped out 4-0 on Stockton (31-4) to start the third set. This was Gallaudet's first lead of the match. GU built the lead to 8-1 before the Ospreys started to chip away at it. Stockton knotted the match at 11, thanks to a 10-3 run, and stayed even with Gallaudet before the host pulled away by scoring the final seven points. Stockton took the match 25-20, 25-19, 25-18.
Sophomore Darriyan Thomas (Vallejo, Calif.) led the Bison with 14 kills on 50 attacks and added 10 digs for her 17th double-double of the season. Senior setter TraciAnn Hoglind (Fishers, Ind.) passed out 30 assists and made 10 digs for her eighth double-double.
Stockton was led by New Jersey Athletic Conference Player of the Year Lindsay Schuele as she tallied nine kills, Stephanie Kovacs added 10 kills and Idi Uffen recorded five blocks (two solo).
The Ospreys advance to tomorrow's regional semifinal where they will host nationally-ranked Eastern University (29-7) at 5 p.m. Eastern, ranked No. 16 in the country, defeated Cabrini College (25-10) in straight sets in the first round. Randolph-Macon College (26-7) will go up against No. 5 Christopher Newport University (30-2) in the other regional semifinal at 2:30 p.m. tomorrow. The Yellow Jackets defeated Stevenson University (28-8) in four sets, 3-1, while the Captains swept Hunter College (23-14) in straight sets in the first round.
- Senior Danielle Morris (St. Louis, Mich.) tallied six kills, four digs and led the team with two blocks (one solo)
- Senior Kate Fetzer (Noblesville, Ind.) served up three aces and six digs
- Senior Molly Perkins (Apple Valley, Minn.) knocked down five kills and one block assist
- Sophomore Jasmine Jeter (Noblesville, Ind.) had three kills and one block assist
- Sophomore Kylene Etkie (Austin, Texas) made five digs
- Freshman Raelyn Fuechtmann (South St. Paul, Minn.) made 11 digs
- Freshman Tessa Lewis (Frederick, Md.) had four kills
- Gallaudet committed 26 attack errors, third most this season, and 10 service errors
- The Bison had 11 attack errors in both the first and second sets
- The senior class ends with a 99-48 record in four seasons
- This was the 18th meeting between Gallaudet and Stockton, both teams have nine wins in the series
- In the Gallaudet-Stockton series neither team had hosted each other until tonight, the previous 17 matches were held at neutral sites
- GU is 2-4 all-time in three-set matches against the Ospreys
- The Bison last won a NCAA tournament match in 2006 and have now lost seven straight NCAA tournament matches since then
"There were a lot mistakes but a lot of positives in the match. The third set was amazing [for us]. It was a really good start but a weak ending, we struggled and we lost it. I know we played bad but it is alright. I was really fortunate to have four seniors this year. It is going to be tough to replace them. I am really going to miss them. My expectations are still very high for this program leading into next year." - Lynn Ray Boren, Gallaudet women's volleyball head coach
GU graduates four seniors and is slated to return nine underclassmen next season. The Bison will reload with another recruiting class and aim for a seventh consecutive North Eastern Athletic Conference championship and a seventh straight trip to the NCAA tournament.