Ursuline Academy (10-5-1) was the only team to best Washington (12-4-1) in pool play at the Gateway Match Up Thursday.
Washington lost 25-19, 25-22 against the Bears in the first match of the day. However, the Lady Jays swept Oakville (3-6-1), 25-19, 26-24, and Villa Duchesne (2-7-2), 25-12, 25-23, to earn the second seed in Pool C.
“Ursuline had two very strong outside hitters that took a while to dig and block them,” Washington Head Coach Kym Blankenship said. “They carried the team and created the most points for Ursuline.”
The Ursuline hitters kept Kassidy Phillips and libero Hannah Struckhoff busy on defense. Phillips recorded 22 digs in the contest while Struchoff had a team-high 28.
Savannah Christian led the team with seven kills and five blocks in the contest.
Emma Zanin’s 12 assists were a team-high for the tournament thus far.
Ursuline swept pool play to win the top seed from Pool C.
The Lady Jays got their first win of the tournament against Oakville in the second match of the day.
“We started out stronger against Oakville knowing that we had to win the last two games,” Blankenship said. “They were a tough team but we had a stronger offensive line and were able (to) move our hitters around to score.”
Christian again led the team in kills with six. Phillips and Josie Kleekamp had five kills apiece in the contest.
Struckhoff again led the Lady Jays’ defense with 28 digs. Kate Frietag had 25.
Alyssa Grant led in blocks with two and Kleelkamp led in assists with 10.
The Lady Jays finished out pool play with their most convincing win of the day against Villa Duchesne.
“We knew this would be another tough match,” Blankenship said. “We had (to) keep mixing up our offense and do a better job reacting on defense. I thought we came out strong and established our middle early on. We dominated the net play the first game and won 25-12. The second game Villa served us a little tougher keeping us out of our offense.”
Christian notched seven kills to lead the team. She had her hand in seven blocks — two solo and five assisted. She finished with 20 kills and 12 blocks on the day, both leading the team.
Struckhoff dug 28 more to lead the Lady Jays’ defense, totalling 84 digs through pool play.
Zanin matched her Ursuline performance with another team-high 12 assists. She led the team with a combined total of 31 assists in the three games.
As a result of taking the second seed in their pool, the Lady Jays will play the third-place team from Pool D, Lindbergh, in the first round of the playoffs Saturday at 9 a.m. A win will advance Washington into the Gold Division for a shot at the championship while a loss will drop the Lady Jays into the Consolation Division.