Gophers Struggle Early, Finish Off Lions in Three

Gophers Struggle Early, Finish Off Lions in Three

Gophers Struggle Early, Finish Off Lions in Three

Rutherford Opens Second Set with Six Aces in 10-Point Run

September 23, 2008

TOWSON, Md. – Goucher struggled to win the first set of its match against Lincoln tonight, coming back from an 18-12 deficit to record a 25-22 victory. In the second set, Jennifer Rutherford (Menlo Park, Calif./Menlo-Atherton) seemed determined to make sure the Gophers finished off the Lions in three games.

Rutherford served six aces during a set-opening run of 10 points as the Gophers coasted to a 25-13 win and a 2-0 lead in sets.

With the score knotted at 8-8 in the third set, Goucher went ahead to stay on a kill by Catie Ditmore (Santa Barbara, Calif./Laguna Blanca), completing a 3-0 triumph over the Lions with a 25-21 win.

The serve was a potent weapon for the Gophers (8-10) tonight. In addition to Rutherford's six aces, Claire Sauvage-Mar (New Delhi, India/American Embassy School) was credited with five service aves in the match.

Sauvage-Mar also finished with 20 assists.