GETTYSBURG, Pa. - The Gallaudet University women's volleyball team began its 2017 season with a 1-3 record at the two-day Battlefield Classic hosted by Gettysburg College.
Gallaudet started the tournament with a 3-1 victory over St. Mary's (Md.) College on Friday evening. The Bison won the first two sets 31-29 and 25-21 before they dropped a tough third set by two, 25-27. GU bounced back and closed out the Seahawks in the fourth set, 25-22. Senior outside hitter Darriyan Thomas (Vallejo, Calif.) led the way with 23 kills and 13 digs while sophomore outside hitter Adele Daniels (Austin, Texas) recorded 21 kills and 12 digs.
In a grueling five-set late-night match the Bison fell short against Penn St.-Harrisburg 3-2. GU let the first set out of its grip as it lost 25-27 before taking the second set (25-21) and fourth set (25-15). In the fifth and decisive set the Bison fell by two points, 14-16. Thomas and Daniels added double-doubles in the loss. Senior setter Jasmine Jeter (Noblesville, Ind.) passed out 45 assists to go with 11 digs.
Gallaudet had to turn around, bright and early Saturday morning, to face the host Bullets of Gettysburg at 10 a.m. In the morning match, GU came out and took the first set, 25-20, before being swept in the 3-1 loss. Daniels led with 10 kills while junior Raelyn Fuechtmann (South St. Paul, Minn.) had a team best 21 digs.
In the fourth and final match, Gallaudet fell to Kenyon College in straight sets 12-25, 16-25, 19-25.
For her efforts, Thomas was named to the all-tournament team. She accumulated 58 kills, 49 digs and 11 service aces during the tournament.
- Daniels recorded 50 kills and 34 digs
- Jeter passed out 147 assists
- Senior middle hitter Giuletta Maucere (Valley Village, Calif.) had 12 blocks (seven block solo)
- GU had 39 service aces in the four matches
Gallaudet will travel to Northampton, Mass., next weekend to play four matches in the Smith College Invitational.