OWINGS MILLS, Md. - The Dickinson volleyball team concluded their second day at the Mustangs Classic hosted by Stevenson University with a pair of setbacks on Saturday afternoon. First, the Devils fell in straight sets to Mary Washington, before losing a well-played five-setter to DeSales at Owings Mills Gym.
Match One - Eagles 3, Red Devils 0 (25-20, 25-17, 25-23)
Mary Washington got out to a quick start taking an 8-2 lead early in the first. Emma Lange, Alexa Barowski, and Christina Chu helped Dickinson battle back to trail 11-8. After UMW stretched the lead to 15-8, Jenna Schumann, Morgan Biggs, and Barowski brought the margin back to three at 17-15. The Red Devils kept fighting and eventually found themselves within 23-20, but could get no closer.
Hannah Riley and Schumann gave DC the advantage to begin the second at 4-2. However, Aidan Finnegan and Jordan Lyons rallied the troops and pulled the Eagles level at 11-11. UMW continued their charge with a 9-2 run making it 20-13, with Schumann providing the offense for the Devils. Biggs and Lange would put away points for DC the rest of the set, but ultimately UMW closed out a 25-17 win.
For the second game in a row the Red Devils started strong as Chu, Biggs and Schumann put down kills for a 9-2 advantage. DC continued to keep the Eagles at an arms length away with an Emma Popham kill making it 10-3, but a 12-6 push from UMW brought them to even 16-16. Elise Butler, Lange and Popham gave the Devils hope that they could send the match to a fourth set, but with the score 23-23 the Eagles earned the next two points for the match.
Match Two - Bulldogs 3, Red Devils 2 (25-21, 15-25, 22-25, 25-18, 15-10)
Play-by-Play was not available at the time of this writing.
Dickinson was led offensively by three players with double-digit kills as Lange had a match-high 20, followed by 14 from Schumann and 12 put away by Popham. Dessie Anne Nietert and Biggs combined for 12.
Chu handed out 47 assists, while Ann Marie Patterson added eight.
Five players recorded double-digit digs: Chu (29), Patterson and Schumann (18), Grace Coccagna (12) and Bulter (10).
Lange and Nietert each had two solo blocks, while Popham had five block assists.
The Red Devils have their home opener on Wednesday at 7 p.m. as they welcome Gallaudet University to the Kline Center.