Wilmington Volleyball Needs All Five Sets to Dispose of CACC Rival Georgian Court, 3-2
VB: Wilmington 3 - Georgian Court 2
Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - Newark, Del.
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Junior Kasey Couch (5) sets middle hitter Katie Shorter in Tuesday night's match against Georgian Court at the WU Athletics Complex. © 2013 Wilmington University. All rights reserved. Photo by Mark Tetreault.
Freshman Allison Briley collected 11 kills, including this swing, to help defeate Georgian Court on Tuesday night at the WU Athletics Complex. © 2013 Wilmington University. All rights reserved. Photo by Mark Tetreault.
Senior middle hitter Brittany Biddle goes up for one of her three blocks on Tuesday night against Georgian Court at the WU Athletics Complex. © 2013 Wilmington University. All rights reserved. Photo by Mark Tetreault.
A highly competitive rivalry is brewing on the court between the Wilmington University volleyball team and Georgian Court, as the two needed to go the distance for the second straight match spanning two seasons, with the Wildcats coming out on top, 3-2, on Tuesday night at the WU Athletics Complex.
Set scores for the match were 25-19, 12-25, 25-22, 21-25, and 15-11.
Last year, the two teams met in the Central Atlantic Collegiate Conference Tournament Semifinals here at the WU Athletics Complex and for the second year in a row, the Wildcats (4-5, 2-0 CACC) came out on top in five sets. Georgian Court (1-5, 1-1 CACC) battled back to tie the match after going down 1-0, and 2-1, but four straight points to break a 6-6 tie in the fifth set was too much for the Lions.
The fifth and deciding set was back and forth in the early going, with the Lions grabbing a 4-2 lead before the Wildcats fought back with two straight points to knot the game at 4-4. After a ball handling error gave the Lions a brief 5-4 lead, Brittany Biddle tied the set with a kill before Kaitlin DiGiacinto gave the home tea a 6-5 lead with a team. Georgian Court was forced to call a timeout.
Following the timeout, the Lions tied the match with a kill at 6-6, but a service error gave the point and the serve back to the Wildcats. A block by Katie Shorter and Allison Briley, a Georgian Court attack error and a Shelby Henderson service ace boosted the Wildcats to a 10-6 lead in the deciding set.
Georgian Court was able to close the gap to two at 13-11 by scoring four out of five points, forcing Wilmington into a timeout. But after the break, DiGiacinto gave the Wildcats set and match point at 14-11, and a Georgian Court attack error ended the match in favor of the home team.
The win gave Wilmington its seventh straight victory over the Lions, starting with a 3-2 victory early in 2011. Georgian Court continues to lead the all-time series, 12-10, however.
A trio of Wildcats paced the offense with double digit kills as DiGiacinto led the team with 13. Briley added 11 kills while Shorter chipped in with 10. DiGiacinto and Briley finished with a double-double, collected 12 and 11 digs, respectively.
Sophomore Alex Siolos also added a double-double as she dished out 21 assists and helped the defense with 10 digs. Fellow setter Kasey Couch also passed out 21 helped, as she added 12 digs to collect the double-double as well. Shelby Henderson led the entire back row with 10 digs for the Wildcats.
At the net, Siolos helped a defense to a team total 10 blocks, denying five block assists while adding one solo block. Shorter denied one attack by herself while adding four block assists. Biddle chipped in with nine kills and three block assists on the night.
After hitting .417 to grab the lead in the first set, the Wildcats’ offense sputtered as they hit negative.029 in the second, .179 in the third and .000 in the fourth set. The team rebounded excellently in the fifth and deciding set, collecting six kills on 12 attempts with only one error for a .417 hitting percentage. For the match, the Wildcats hit .155.
Tonight was the first of six consecutive home matches for the Wildcats, as they return to the court at the WU Athletics Complex on Wednesday night. They will host Shepherd in a nonconference tilt starting at 6 p.m.