Gophers fall to Maryland Rivals

Gophers fall to Maryland Rivals

FROSTBURG, MD. -The Goucher Gophers dropped a pair of non-conference matches to the Seahawks of the College of St. Marys and the Bobcats of Frostburg State University on Saturday, Oct. 22.  The match results were both in three sets (SMU: 25-10, 25-16, 25-15 and FSU: 25-11, 25-16, 25-22). 

In the first set of the day, the Seahawks jumped out to an impressive 16-3 advantage, and the Gophers never dug themselves out of that hole.   In the second set, the Seahawks once again opened up with a tough 13-5 lead.     ‘The Seahawks were a very scrappy team. Our hitters had to make big adjustments to find success, and that was hard to do,’ Goucher’s Head Coach, Kait Kozak, observed.   The Seahawks maintained control in every aspect of the game to finish off the set 26-16.  In the final set of the match, The Gophers took a 5-1 lead until the Seahawks put together a 7-2 run to retake the upper hand.  The Gophers and Seahawks went back and forth, until the Seahawks went on a late service run to close out the match

In the second  match of the day, Frostburg State University swept Goucher in a quick three sets, 25-11, 25-16 and 25-22. The FSU bobcats dominated from the start of set one and two, until the Gophers made some personnel and strategic changes.   The Gophers challenged FSU in the third set, opening with a 17-9 lead.   ‘We made some big adjustments, and began digging some heat from FSU.  We got kills off of those digs which was great to see. Freshman Sarah Weeden (Monmouth Junction, NJ) led us in kills (10) and digs (16), ’ said Kozak.   FSU clawed its way back and used a seven-point rally to tie the set at 22.  Despite being in control, the Gophers made some unforced errors at vital times late in the set.  The Gophers could not  recover at 22 all and FSU closed out the set and match at 25-22.   
 

The Gophers  have a busy final week of the season as they travel to Lancaster Bible on Tuesday, October 25th, to the College of Notre Dame of Maryland on Thursday, October 27th, and then to Penn State-Abington on Saturday, October 29th for a tri-match with Bryn Mawr College.