(Washington, D.C.) – The Dickinson women's volleyball team swept Olivet College, 3-0, in the opening round of the Worthington Classic at Gallaudet University on Friday night. They survived a five-set marathon with the hosts in the nightcap, winning 3-2, in a back and forth battle.
In the opener, the Red Devils jumped out to 7-3 lead but later had to rally past the Comets and hold on for a 26-24 decision in the opening set. The second was back and forth as well with the teams playing to a 19-19 tie. Dickinson capitalized on some hitting errors and a final kill from Kristin Allgaier (Reston, Va./South Lakes) for a 25-22 win.
The Devils rolled to an 11-4 start in the third set on the way to a 25-19 set-win to claim the match.
Jamie Singer (Livingston, N.J./Golda Och) reached double-figures again with 10 kills, adding four digs.
Emma Lange (Jupiter, Fla./Benjamin) tallied eight kills, two aces and three blocks while Kylie Albertsen (Woodstock, Md./Marriots Ridge) and Morgan Biggs (Stephenson, Va./James Wood) each had six kills and combined for seven blocks.
The Red Devils jumped out to a 7-2 start against host Gallaudet in the nightcap, forcing an early timeout. The Bison closed the gap to 12-9 and eventually pulled even at 17-17.
The teams continued to slug it out with the Red Devils coming away with a 25-23 win in the first set. Lange had five kills and a pair of aces to lead the way while Allgaier handed out eight assists.
The hosts jumped out to an 11-5 advantage in the second, but the Devils rallied and pulled even at 15-15. Gallaudet went on a run to force a Dickinson timeout at 21-17. They came out of the break and cut the deficit to 22-21.
That forced a timeout from Gallaudet and the Devils closed it out 25-23, to lead the match 2-0, behind strong play at the net from Singer and Albertsen.
Gallaudet led 5-1 before the Red Devils pulled even and the teams went back and forth once again. The Bison stretched the lead to 24-18, but the Devils rallied to cut the margin to 24-22 before the hosts earned the final point to force a fourth set.
Lopez served up a pair of aces and a balanced offensive attack kept the Devils alive during the run.
The Red Devils had a strong start to the fourth with Biggs getting hot, leading to a 10-3 advantage. Jenna Schumann (Plymouth Meeting, Pa./Germantown Academy) added to the attack as Dickinson built the lead to 21-12.
The Bison went on an 8-0 run before the Devils broke serve. Gallaudet continued the rally, overtaking the Devils, 24-23, and then forced a fifth set, holding on 26-24.
The Red Devils broke away late and finished off the match, 15-10.
Allgaier handed out 41 assists, nine digs and three aces in the five-set marathon while Singer finished with a match-high 16 kills. Lange recorded 13 kills, three aces and three blocks in the nightcap.
Lopez dug 29 balls with Chu and Elise Butler (Chester Springs, Pa./Academy of Notre Dame) adding 18 and 11 digs, respectively. Albertsen and Schumann each had seven kills.
The Red Devils improve to 6-10 overall. They remain in Washington and will face Ramapo College at 10:00 am.