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Volleyball Takes Down WAC in Tri-Match

Volleyball Takes Down WAC in Tri-Match

CHESTERTOWN, Md. - Behind huge performances from Katie Cressman and Gabby McGinn, the Ursinus College volleyball team picked up a big Centennial Conference victory over Washington College during Saturday's tri-match in Chestertown.

Cressman and McGinn each delivered double-digit kills in both ends of the doubleheader for the Bears, who shook off the Shorewomen in four sets before falling to Gallaudet in four to end their trip.

Ursinus 3, Washington College 1 (26-24, 23-25, 25-19, 25-20)

Despite trailing 23-19, the Bears managed to stave off a set point and steal the opening set. McGinn and Haley Spotts sandwiched kills around an error by Washington College to pull even at 23-23, and Spotts' clutch kill prevented the Shorewomen from taking the frame. An attack error gave Ursinus set point, and McGinn made no mistake with another booming kill.

After the Shorewomen rebounded with a 25-23 victory in the second set, Ursinus came roaring out of the gates with a 12-5 advantage in the third, only for the hosts to rattle off nine consecutive points. With their backs against the wall, the Bears went ahead for good on McGinn's kill that made it 17-16, and ultimately took the swing set with a four-point service run from McGinn punctuated by a kill from Caroline Sherman.

Ursinus showed off its resilience again in the fourth set, overcoming a 7-1 deficit with an 8-1 spurt capped by back-to-back aces from Megan Aube. They went in front to stay on consecutive kills from Cressman to make it 15-13, and Cressman fittingly ended the match on her then-career-high 16th kill.

Cressman registered 16 kills on a .282 hitting percentage and added 10 digs, with McGinn also notching a double-double on 13 kills and 11 digs.

Spotts finished with 10 kills, while Rachel Bernard handed out a career-best 42 assists. Megan Aube led four Bears in double figures with 12 digs and added four aces, tied with Bernard and one off McGinn's match-leading total.

Gallaudet 3, Ursinus 1 (25-22, 16-25, 25-19, 25-20)

Cressman was even better against the Bison, eclipsing her aforementioned career high in the very next match with 17 kills on a robust .429 hitting percentage and chipping in a career-best 18 digs.

After dropping the first set, Ursinus came back to hit .400 with only one error in claiming the second by a 25-16 margin. Gallaudet, however, jumped out to a 17-7 lead in the third set and overcame an early 10-5 deficit in the fourth to take the match.

McGinn paired 10 kills with eight digs, while Bernard dished out 36 assists. 

The Bears return home to face Muhlenberg on Wednesday.