BALTIMORE, Md. – Eden Adcock (Stratford, N.J./Sterling Regional) accounted for 10 points in the match to propel Goucher College past Penn State Brandywine 3-0 and help the Gophers off to their best start since 2006 in non-conference women's volleyball action on Saturday. Goucher won the three sets 25-14, 25-9 and 25-16.
Adcock registered seven kills in her collegiate debut after not playing in Friday night's 3-1 season-opening win against Notre Dame.
For the second-straight match, Rachel Chapman (Rochester, N.Y./Churchville Chili) paced the team in kills with eight after registering 10 kills in the victory against the Gators. The freshman added five digs on the afternoon.
"Today's match was a very good team win," said head coach Kathy Frankowski. "We couldn't have asked for a better opening weekend to grow further as a team and see how much farther we can go together. The energy is great and we're eager to keep it going forward."
In the first set with Goucher holding a 6-4 lead, the Gophers went on a 16-5 run to take a 22-9 advantage. Kaya Melchor (Mililani, Hawaii/Kamehameha Schools Kapalama) started the run with a kill and then had two aces while Chapman posted four kills and DeJaeger chipped in two aces. The Lions cut the margin to 23-14, but a service error and a ball handling error gave the hosts the first set, 25-14.
It was a 22-7 run for the Gophers in the second set that helped the squad take a two-sets advantage. Vendela Lundren (Columbia, Md./Howard) and DeJaeger keyed the run by posting points on 15 services. Lundgren served the team to a 6-0 run that included one ace while DeJaeger closed out the set with the final nine points that included a pair of aces for the 25-9 second set.
For the first portion of the third set it resembled the match against Notre Dame with Penn State Brandywine taking the lead a few times, but with the score tied at 9, Goucher ended the Lions roar with a 16-7 run to close out the match. Chapman had three kills in the spurt while Nicole Blount (Fayetteville, Ga./Fayette County) and Trinity Collier (Cockeysville, Md./Dulaney) closed the match with a block to close out the match at 25-14.
With the wins in its first two matches, the squad is off to its best start since joining the Landmark Conference. Goucher started the 2006 season with six-consecutive wins in the last season of the Capital Athletic Conference.
The Gophers return to action on Wednesday to wrap up the three-game homestand to start the season against Shenandoah. Game time is 7 p.m.