Fan, Smajlovic Team Up To Put Away Gators on Senior Night

Fan, Smajlovic Team Up To Put Away Gators on Senior Night

Gophers Tally 10 Service Aces in the Match

TOWSON, Md. —  In the last home match in the careers of Ashley Fan (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial) and Sabina Smajlovic (Hartford, Conn./Miss Porter's School), it was only appropriate that the two Gopher seniors would combine on the match's final kill.

With Goucher (8-22) up 24-20 in the third set, already having won the first two, Fan cleanly dug the ball, setting up Tori Rain (Ellicott City, Md./Centennial). The setter, Fan's high school teammate, passed the ball over to Smajlovic up the middle to close out a 25-12, 25-19, 25-20 win over Notre Dame (Md.).

Rain's final assist gave her a team-high 22 for the match.

In addition, Rain had three of the team's 10 aces. Megan Chalk (Severna Park, Md./Severna Park) and Addie Lanzarotta (Los Angeles, Calif./Culver City) matched Rain's total as co-leaders in aces, with Smajlovic adding one.

Chalk had a match-high 10 kills and her 11 digs trailed only Fan's 16 for the team lead.

Cortney Silvis excelled for Notre Dame (6-14), blocking nine Goucher attack attempts and earning nine kills, both team highs.