ROSEMONT, Pa. — Abby Hilty served up a career-high eight aces and as a team Washington hit .500 in a sweep of host Rosemont on Sept. 5. Set scores were 25-11, 25-19 and 25-8.
In the first set, a 6-1 run wiped out an early deficit and Washington won 13 of the final 15 points. Set point was scored on a Rosemont service error.
Hilty served five aces to fuel an 8-0 run in the second set as Washington surged into the lead for good, 13-7. Washington won nine of the last 13 points, after Rosemont closed to 16-15. Set point again was scored on a Rosemont error.
The locals were never in peril in the third set as they opened up a 12-3 lead. Isabella Sansanelli ended the match with a kill.
Sansanelli and Maggie Pietrucha each totaled eight kills and did not make an attack error.
Also contributing were Lauren Zedlar (five digs) and Jensyn Hartzell with seven and nine assists, respectively.
Washington totaled 19 aces.
Rosemont had only one ace and hit .180 as a team.
Washington dropped to 2-5 on the season following losses to Lynchburg and Virginia Wesleyan at the Gallaudet Tournament on Saturday. The locals did not win a set.
Washington junior outside hitter Abby Smith was named to the all-tournament team. She totaled seven kills and 14 digs.
The Shore netters opened their season with a weekend of volleyball in Puerto Rico. They took only three sets Aug. 31-Sept. 1, but that was enough to pin down a victory.
Washington rallied to defeat Rivier, 3-1, Aug. 31, hitting .506. The locals totaled 10 blocks and 12 service aces. Set scores were 23-25, 25-15, 25-13 and 25-19.
Smith hit .560 and did not commit an error. She had 14 kills and six aces. Also for Washington, Cassie Kowalski had 10 kills, Sansanelli had three blocks and Hilty had 10 digs.
Rivier (New Hampshire) came back to post a 3-0 victory the following day against a Washington team that hit only .206. Set scores were 25-9, 25-22 and 25-11.
Also during the weekend, Politecnica and Central Bayamon, both of Puerto Rico, swept Washington.