Women's Volleyball Defeats Hood, 3-0 on Saturday Afternoon

Fredericksburg, Va.-- The University of Mary Washington women's volleyball team defeated Hood College, 3-0 on Saturday. The Eagles dominated play, finishing up with 42 kills on the day to move to 5-3 on the year.

In game one, the Eagles and Blazers went back and forth early, with the game being tied 4-4 early. The Eagles went on a 6-0 run to make it 10-4, a lead they never gave up.  Hood made it close, but UMW pulled away to win game one 25-17, taking an early 1-0 lead.

Game two saw much of the same, with both teams exchanging points and the score tied at 8-8. A Kayla Crawford (Richmond, Va./Powhatan) kill started a run for the Eagles that let them run away with game two. The Eagles would stretch their lead late, ending game two with a 25-15 win.

The final game saw a hard fought, close battle. A service error by Hood's Hayley Rodgers started the final run for UMW with the score 9-8. The Eagles went on a 6-0 run forcing a Hood timeout. Hood came back strong following the timeout, closing the gap and making the score 19-18. UMW went on a 6-2 run to end the game and the match, 25-20.

Senior Kaitlynn Wickersham (Midlothian, Va./Manchester) and freshman Emma Olson (Vienna, Va./Oakton) paced the Eagles with 11 kills apiece. Olson also chipped in three service aces in the contest. "It was a total team effort. We had a lot of energy today," sophomore Emma Murphy (Midlothain, Va./Midlothian) said about the team after the match. "We are improving everyday."

The Eagles return to action this Tuesday, September 24th. The Eagles take on N.C. Wesleyan from the Anderson Center beginning at 7:00 p.m.