WASHINGTON - The Gallaudet University women's volleyball program hosted a competitive tournament this weekend in the Field House as the Bison welcomed five teams from around the region.
The Bison (0-8) were shut out during the two-day Gallaudet Tournament as they lost two matches in straight sets and two in five-set thrillers.
Gallaudet had a chance to pick-up its first win of the season on Friday afternoon as the Bison tangled with Shenandoah University. GU won two of the first three sets before the Hornets rallied to win the five-set match; 24-26, 25-23, 20-25, 25-23, 15-6. The Bison were led by junior Elina Rubinshteyn (Austin, Texas) who recorded 15 kills while senior Adele Daniels (Austin, Texas) recorded a triple-double with 14 kills, 21 assists and 11 digs. Freshman Leila Sicoli (Austin, Texas) made a team-high 23 digs while freshman Demi Bingham (Jefferson, Md.) added a team best 23 assists and 10 digs.
In the nightcap, the Bison lost in straight sets to Virginia Wesleyan University as the Marlins won 25-18, 25-20, 25-14. Rubinshteyn added nine kills and Daniels tallied seven kills, nine digs and 14 assists.
On Saturday morning, Gallaudet played two tough sets with University of Lynchburg but ended up losing 12-25, 24-26, 22-25. Rubinshteyn led the Bison with nine kills while Bingham passed out 25 assists and made 15 digs. GU had seven service aces in the loss.
In its final match of the weekend the Bison won the second and fourth sets against Saint Vincent College but couldn't win out in the fifth set. GU, twice, served for the match in the final set but the Bison served right into the net to lose a point. The Bearcats (5-4) got the final point and won 25-21, 19-25, 25-14, 18-25, 17-15. Bingham passed out a career-high 43 assists and made eight digs. Rubinshteyn led the Bison with 14 kills and earned all-tournament honors in the process. Sicoli came up with a team best 21 digs and five service aces. Freshman Cassidy Perry (Frederick, Md.) made three blocks solos and one block assist to go with 10 kills.
- Lynchburg and Virginia Wesleyan went a perfect 4-0 during the tournament
- GU played in two of three matches that went five sets over the weekend
- Gallaudet has now lost nine matches dating back to last season
- This is the longest losing streak and worst start to a season in the past 15 years
Gallaudet will try and pick up its first win on Tuesday, Sept. 10, when the Bison travel to Baltimore to take on Notre Dame of Maryland University at 7 p.m.