WASHINGTON –The final two matches of the 10th annual Worthington Classic here Saturday provided a lot of fireworks as two undefeated teams went head-to-head while Gallaudet University and DeSales University played in a thrilling four-set match in the Field House.
Gallaudet (7-9) won the final three sets after losing the first set, 25-22, to the Bulldogs (10-5). The Bison won the next two sets 25-14 and 25-23 before being pushed into extra points by DeSales in the fourth set. The Bison held an 18-11 lead before the serving of Natalie Gray got the Bulldogs back into the match. GU was a point away, 24-20, from winning the match in regulation before DeSales scored four straight points to knot the set at 24. The exciting fourth set went back and forth until junior outside hitter Darriyan Thomas (Vallejo, Calif.) recorded back-to-back kills to take the set and match, 30-28.
The Bison were led by their all-tournament selections Thomas (23 kills, 13 digs, six service aces) and freshman middle hitter Adele Daniels (Frederick, Md.), who added her own double-double (20 kills, 12 digs). Junior setter Jasmine Jeter (Noblesville, Ind.) passed out 48 assists, made nine digs and seven service aces. Sophomore libero Raelyn Fuechtmann (South St. Paul, Minn.) commanded the defense with 20 digs and three assists.
On the second court, Salisbury University completed the two-day tournament, featuring 16 matches, with a perfect 4-0 record. The Sea Gulls (11-5) stunned Messiah College (14-2) in straight sets to snap a 10-game Falcon winning streak. Salisbury's Katie Stouffer was named the tournament's MVP as she recorded 21 kills against Messiah and 68 kills and 15 block solos in four matches at the Worthington Classic.
Gallaudet started the day with a 25-17, 25-15, 25-23 sweep over Misericordia University. Thomas (11 kills) served up three consecutive aces to end the first set. GU controlled the third set with a seven-point lead, 18-11, after three straight Cougar attack errors. In an uncharacteristic move Misericordia took back-to-back timeouts to setup a game plan to get back into the match. The extended break worked for the Cougars (6-10) who went on a 6-2 run. Misericordia tied the set at 23 before a Cougar service error and a Thomas kill ended the set and match.
Daniels recorded nine kills, 13 digs and matched Thomas with four service aces. Jeter passed out 29 assists while Fuechtmann made 10 digs. Freshman Camryn Skari (Federal Way, Wash.) added six kills and three block assists.
- Gallaudet served up 28 aces on Saturday
- The 57 team kills and 52 assists against DeSales are new team-high marks this season
- The Bison finished the Worthington Classic with a 3-1 record
- Four different teams (Gallaudet, Marymount, Messiah, Salisbury) had two members on the all-tournament team along with one selection from DeSales
- Twelve of the 16 Worthington Classic matches were decided in straight sets
- GU is now 3-4 in four-set matches this season
Gallaudet will hit the road this week and visit Stevenson University (11-7) on Thursday, Sept. 29, at 7 p.m.