WASHINGTON - It was a critical match for Gallaudet University here Sunday as the Bison entertained Wells College as two of the top North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) women's volleyball powers went head-to-head. The match lived up to the hype as both teams battled and pushed each other to the brink.
Gallaudet (14-13, 9-1 NEAC) prevailed with the 3-1 victory over Wells (15-6, 7-2 NEAC) as the Bison remain tied for first with SUNY Poly in the NEAC standings. The Wildcats (14-10, 9-1 NEAC) hold the head-to-head advantage over the Bison since they beat GU, 3-1, back on Sept. 17. All NEAC teams will be in action next weekend as the final standings will be determined.
The two teams traded set wins to begin the match. Gallaudet won the opening set 25-19 before falling 21-25 to the Express in the second set.
The momentum of the match hinged on the third set as both teams had chances to win it. The third set went into extra points where Gallaudet won 33-31 on a kill by freshman middle hitter Adele Daniels (Frederick, Md.).
Wells led late in the fourth set as it eyed a chance to go to a fifth set, like last year, against the Bison. Junior Darriyan Thomas (Vallejo, Calif.) scored some key kills while fellow junior Jasmine Jeter (Noblesville, Ind.) served up one of her three service aces to give GU a 23-22 lead. The Bison closed out the set, 25-23, with back-to-back kills by freshmen Camryn Skari (Federal Way, Wash.) and Daniels as the team celebrated the win.
Thomas recorded a season-high 26 kills to go with 13 digs for her 13th double-double of the season. Jeter passed out a career-high 59 assists and made 10 digs for her second double-double of the season. Skari tallied a career-high 18 kills on 32 attempts and added three block assists and four service aces. Daniels finished with 16 kills and a career-high 25 digs.
Wells was led by Jackie Allen (17 kills, 11 digs) and Anuhea Leite-Ah Yo (13 kills, 13 digs) as the pair recorded double-doubles. Wells setter Eliza Schwab passed out 45 assists and made 14 digs in the loss.
In an earlier NEAC match hosted by Gallaudet in the morning, Keuka College (11-8, 6-4 NEAC) defeated Wilson College (0-18, 0-10 NEAC) in straight sets 25-11, 25-9, 25-13.
- This was the ninth match this season that went four sets for the Bison
- Gallaudet is 4-5 in four-set matches this season
- GU lost 3-2 at Wells last year
- The Bison have won three straight
- GU is 7-1 in the Field House this season
Gallaudet will travel to Newport News, Va., on Tuesday, Oct. 18, to face nationally ranked Christopher Newport University (17-7) at 7 p.m. in a non-conference match. The Captains are currently ranked No. 18 in Division III. This will be the second straight week the Bison have faced a nationally ranked team.