McDaniel opens conference with sweep

Annie McShea © 2010 David Sinclair/McDaniel College
Annie McShea © 2010 David Sinclair/McDaniel College

Green Terror downs Muhlenberg 3-0 behind 14 kills from McShea

WESTMINSTER, Md. – Annie McShea (Frederick, Md./Gov. Thomas Johnson) recorded 14 kills to lead McDaniel to a 3-0 win over Muhlenberg in the Centennial Conference (CC) volleyball opener for both teams on Saturday.

McShea added 12 digs and two aces for the Green Terror (1-9, 1-0 CC), who snapped its season-opening nine-match losing streak with its first three set wins of the year.

Jackie Price led the Mules (1-8, 0-1 CC) with 10 kills and nine digs.

McDaniel took the first set 25-17 behind a 5-2 start to the match.

In the second set, the Green Terror was trailing 24-20 before four straight points evened the set at 24. A Kristen Nuckles (Suffolk, Va./Nansemond-Suffolk Academy) kill gave the hosts a 26-25 lead before an attack error gave McDaniel a 27-25 win.

In the third set, neither team led by more than two points until a 10-2 Green Terror burst opened up an 18-11 advantage en route to a 25-16 victory.

Sarah Byron (Westminster, Md./Winters Mill) led the defense with 14 digs. Jackie Hawkins (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) had 25 assists.

Nuckles notched eight kills and two aces.

McDaniel returns to action at Catholic on Tuesday. Match time is 7 p.m.

McDaniel def. Muhlenberg, 3-0 (25-17, 27-25, 25-15)
McDaniel Leaders:
Kills: Annie McShea 14, Kristen Nuckles 8, Kelly Toms 7; Assists: Jackie Hawkins 25; Aces: McShea 2, Nuckles 2, Sarah Byron 2, Kelly Toms 2; Digs: Sarah Byron 14, McShea 12; Total Blocks: Nuckles 2, Sara Erlichman 1.