NORTHAMPTON, Mass. - A successful weekend wrapped up for the Gallaudet University women's volleyball team here Saturday after the Bison went 3-1 at the Smith College Invitational.
Gallaudet (4-4) began the two-day tournament on Friday night with two wins over Mt. St. Vincent and Suffolk University. In the first match, the Bison won the first two sets before they were pushed to a fifth set. In a back-and-forth affair it was Gallaudet, who survived with a thrilling 3-2 win (25-11, 25-11, 23-25, 20-25, 15-13). Senior outside hitter Darriyan Thomas (Vallejo, Calif.) led the Bison with 18 kills, 11 digs and three service aces. Sophomore outside hitter Adele Daniels (Austin, Texas) added 13 kills and 13 digs. Junior Raelyn Fuechtmann (Sout St. Paul, Minn.) led the team with 21 digs and two service aces. Senior setter Jasmine Jeter (Noblesville, Ind.) passed out 40 assists and made eight digs, six service aces and three block assists. Freshman Karita Lewis (Frederick, Md.) added five kills, six digs, two block solo and two block assists. Sophomore Farrah Harmount (Union City, Calif.) added five service aces off the bench.
In the second match on Friday night, Gallaudet rolled back Suffolk with a straight set win, 25-11, 25-15, 25-13. Daniels led the way with 15 kills, eight digs and two block solo. Jeter passed out 39 assists and added six digs.
On Saturday morning, Gallaudet won its fifth straight set in a row with a 25-22 win over Western New England University but dropped the next three sets (24-26, 19-25, 16-25) to lose 3-1 to the Golden Bears. Daniels and Lewis led GU upfront with 13 and 10 kills, respectively, while Fuechtmann made 19 digs and Thomas (nine kills) came up with 21 digs.
GU rebounded with a quick win over Johnson St. in a 3-0 win (25-5, 25-5, 25-9).
- Daniels led the Bison with 44 kills, 30 digs in four matches (13 sets)
- Thomas compiled 33 kills and 37 digs
- Jeter passed out 127 assists in 13 sets
- GU served up 55 service aces
- Fuechtmann had a team best 48 digs
- Every member of the team saw game action this weekend
- Gallaudet stopped by the American School for the Deaf in West Hartford, Conn., on Friday prior to arriving to Smith College
- The Learning Center for the Deaf volleyball program came out to cheer on the Bison on Saturday
Gallaudet returns home and will host McDaniel College on Tuesday, Sept. 12, at 7 p.m. in the Field House. This will be the home opener for the Bison.