WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Gallaudet University volleyball team got back in the win column on Wednesday night with a 3-0 victory over cross town rival Catholic University of America at the Field House. The Bison earned their 20th win on the year. This is the sixth time in the past seven seasons the Buff and Blue has reached 20 wins in a season. Coach Lynn Ray Boren has led five of those teams to 20 wins in his six seasons at the helm.
Gallaudet (20-11) participated in the American Volleyball Coaches Association (AVCA) Dig Pink Night, a cancer awareness initiative run by the Side-Out Foundation as the Bison wore special pink jerseys while fans got into the spirit by sporting the color pink in some fashion to show their support. The money raised will be donated to the Side-Out Foundation. If you were unable to make the match and still would like to donate to the Bison program please click on their donation page here: http://www.side-out.org/application/teams/team_page/3331
The Bison battled back and forth with Catholic (15-13) but earned the hard fought win 25-19, 25-23, 23-18.
Sophomores Mari Klassen (White Rock, British Columbia) and Ann Whited (Fishers, Ind.) recorded double-doubles with 11 kills and 12 digs, 12 kills and 10 digs, respectively. Junior libero Micaela Paulone (Fishers, Ind.) was the other Bison to reach double figures in digs with 10. Junior setter Paige Johnson (North Richland Hills, Texas) passed out 34 assists and added two solo blocks. Paige's younger sister Krystal Johnson (North Richland Hills, Texas) recorded a game-high eight service aces as the Bison had 10 in the match. Sophomore Jessica Israel (Frederick, Md.) and freshman Michelle Mansfield-Hom (Frederick, Md.) helped upfront where Israel had eight kills and three blocks and Mansfield-Hom chipped in four kills and one block. Sophomore Lauren Benedict (Germantown, Md.) and freshman Shayna Unger (Middletown, Md.) saw action in all three sets.
Catholic was led by sophomore outside hitter Claudia Jean who had a team-high 11 kills and 14 digs while junior setter Michaela Carroll passed out 22 assists.
Gallaudet will hit the road this weekend and head to Lebanon Valley, Pa., to face University of Scranton and Lebanon Valley College on Saturday, October 23, for two matches.