OWINGS MILLS, Md. – The Gallaudet University women's volleyball team split a non-conference doubleheader on Saturday evening as the Bison defeated Messiah College in straight sets and dropped a 3-0 match to the host Mustangs of Stevenson University.
Gallaudet (9-5) took down the Falcons (10-4) with a 25-22, 25-21, 25-19 win in the first match of the day for the Bison. Junior outside hitter Ann Whited (Fishers, Ind.) led the way with 10 kills on 31 attempts and came up with 11 digs for her third double-double this season. Senior outside hitter Paige Johnson (North Richland Hills, Texas) recorded eight kills on 31 attempts, passed out five assists, made four digs and three block assists. Freshman middle hitter Kali Frowick (Norfolk, Neb.) had a nice match with seven kills, seven digs, four blocks (two solo) and one service ace. Junior middle hitter Jessica Israel (Frederick, Md.) tallied six kills and two blocks while sophomore Michelle Mansfield-Hom (Frederick, Md.) came off the bench to make three kills and five blocks. Junior libero Mari Klassen (White Rock, British Columbia) had a team-high 21 digs while freshman setter Sarah Tubert (Burbank, Calif.) passed out 32 assists to go with five kills, 10 digs, four blocks and three service aces.
The Bison had to regroup quickly to face the host Mustangs, winners of six of their past seven matches. Stevenson (14-2) took the first 17-25 and held off a feisty Bison squad in the second and third sets with 22-25, 22-25 wins. Johnson led the team with 10 kills on 38 attempts, seven digs, three assists and one block. Israel and Whited only had four kills each as Frowick was held without a kill in 23 attempts. Tubert passed out 17 assists, made 10 digs, five kills and two blocks in the loss. The double-double was Tubert's second of the day and the third of her career at Gallaudet.
GU will next hit the road on Thursday, September 29, and make the trip north to Westminster, Md., to take on McDaniel College at 7 p.m.