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Posted October 9, 2012 | Leave a comment
Shenandoah roundup: Hornets fall to Washington and Lee
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Host Washington and Lee prevented Shenandoah University from earning its third ODAC volleyball victory of the season with a 3-0 victory over the Hornets on Tuesday night.
The Generals (15-7, 6-1 ODAC) won at 16, 19 and 20 over SU (9-10, 2-5).
The victory is the second this season for W&L over the Hornets. Two weekends ago at the Gallaudet Worthington Classic, the Generals were 3-1 victors.
Shenandoah jumped out to a 5-1 lead in the opening set Tuesday, but saw the hosts score nine of the next 14 points in the match to take a 10-9 lead.
SU was able to regroup and take a 12-10 advantage before the Generals took the lead for good on a 5-0 run.
W&L scored 13 of the final 17 points of the set.
The Generals held a lead throughout all of the second and the first half of the third before Shenandoah scored five straight points (four with Mary Harshman at the service line) to take a 12-10 lead.
SU maintained this two-point advantage until the Generals made their final run, this one 9-2, to clinch the victory.
Harshman paced the Hornets with 10 kills while Samantha Schamach added seven.
Millbrook graduate Blake Parkes and Kelcy Brown had 12 and 10 assists, respectively, with Nicole Mueller posting 15 digs.
Shenandoah is back in action on Saturday in a home non-conference match against Lancaster Bible. This match, which was just added to the schedule this week, will start at 6:00.
The Generals (4-8, 2-3 ODAC) got a Taylor Zusi tally 2:34 into sudden-victory overtime to steal the victory from Shenandoah (7-6, 2-3).
SU had scored the opening goal of the game on a Sarah DeLuca tally in the 17th minute and took this one-goal lead into the halftime break.
W&L knotted matters at 1-1 on a Lindsey Purpura tally in the 57th minutes before Shenandoah reasserted its advantage four minutes later when Liz Grover scored unassisted.
Unfortunately for the Hornets, this lead would last only 3:44.
Lauren Boone, who had set up the hosts first goal of the contest, scored with 4:01 remaining to help force the extra session.
SU had the initial shot of the OT, by Amber VanHorn following a penalty corner, but Generals keeper Kristen Kyne made her seventh (and final) save to keep W&L in it.
Ninety-four seconds later, Zusi finished off a Claire Townsley feed to give Washington & Lee the victory.
Shenandoah outshot its hosts 19-9 and had 12 of the game's 20 corners.
The Hornets continue this roadtrip on Thursday with a non-league game at St. Mary's of Maryland.
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