COLLEGEVILLE, Pa. – McDaniel prevailed in a back-and-forth first set to key a 3-0 win over Ursinus in Centennial Conference (CC) volleyball action on Friday.
Taylor Bauman (Charlottesville, Va./Albemarle) recorded 12 digs and three aces to lead a balanced effort for the Green Terror (18-7, 6-4 CC), who remained alive for the conference tournament with the victory. McDaniel needs Swarthmore to defeat Haverford on Saturday to earn the fifth and final seed in next week's conference tournament and play in the first-round match on Wednesday. The full tournament schedule will be released on Monday.
With the 12 digs, Bauman now has 521 for the season, eclpsing the previous best in a single season by a Green Terror player. Alice Hardwick recorded 514 digs in 2006.
Miranda Foster led the Bears (6-18, 0-9 CC) with seven kills.
Tied at 16-all in the first set, Hayley Mills (Bowie, Md./St. Vincent Pallotti) put down a kill then joined Lauren Wells (Glen Allen, Va./Glen Allen) to combine on a block to take a two-point lead and force an Ursinus timeout. An Isabel Paci (Ellicott City, Md./River Hill) kill and Emma Lorenzen (Hagerstown, Md./South Hagerstown) ace stretched the lead to 20-16 en route to a 25-20 victory.
Trailing 10-8 in the second set, Lorenzen knocked down a kill to start a stretch of three straight points. The Bears went back in front 15-14 before a service error and block by Mills and Allie Lugar (Wilmington, Del./Dupont) put the visitors back in front. Teryn Rath (Grass Valley, Calif./Bear River) and Lugar added back-to-back kills to stretch the lead to three. Ursinus closed to within one on four occasions down the stretch but Lorenzen knocked down a kill for a 25-23 win.
Keyed by back-to-back Kendall Hanak (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Rock Canyon), the Green Terror built a 7-2 lead in the third set. A pair of Wells kills extended the advantage to 18-9 before four straight Bear points closed the deficit to five and forced a timeout. A Mills kill and Catherina Park (Clarksville, Md./Atholton) ace out of the stoppage keyed a 4-0 counter that moved the scored to 22-13 en route to a 25-18 victory.
Rath led the attack with 11 kills while Lorenzen added nine. Mills recorded five kills and five blocks. Gayle Edelstein (Livingston, N.J./Livingston) and Wells contributed 16 and 14 assists, respectively, to the attack.