The William and Mary volleyball team finished out the Penn Invitational Saturday with a pair of 3-1 matches, falling to Rhode Island in the morning before rebounding to cruise past Penn in the tournament finale. The Tribe moves to 5-6 on the year heading into conference play. At the conclusion of the tournament, sophomore Julia Swalchick (Melbourne, Fla.) was named to all-tournament team, after she averaged more than three kills per set in the Tribe's three matches.
In the morning match, the Tribe was led Swalchick who recorded her first double-double of the season with 15 kills and 13 digs, and added four blocks on the defensive end. Freshman Carolina Rivas (Orlando, Fla.) also picked up a double-double, pairing 43 assists with 10 digs, three blocks, and an ace. In the middle of the offense, Shaylin O'Connell (Leesburg, Va.) had seven kills and eight blocks, and Monika Stanciauskas (Wheaton, Ill.) had 11 kills, six digs, five blocks, and three service aces.
Also of note on the defensive side of the net, redshirt-freshman Devin Andrews-Lyssy (Santa Rosa, Calif.) had a career-high 21 digs, and sophomore Celine Alasomuka (Centreville, Va.) had 15 digs. Sophomore Alexandra Ciaccio (Houston, Texas) put up a season-high nine kills to go with five digs, and redshirt-freshman Paulette Grand Pre (Laguna Beach, Calif.) added 10 digs to the team effort.
The Tribe's strong individual efforts continued in the match against Penn, and coalesced into a fine team performance that carried the day in scores of 25-22, 25-23, 22-25, 25-22. Seven players hit .250 or better, including five who hit .333 and higher, as the Tribe attack was a season-best .323 (57-14-133). Shaylin O'Connell led the way in this one, hitting .414 with 15 kills, and adding two more blocks. Julia Swalchick tied her total with 15 kills and hit .387.
Senior Brooke Bauernfeind (Ashburn, Va.) scored her first double-double of the year, pairing 10 kills and 10 digs, and also had a pair of aces. Also of note, Monika Stanciauskas had nine kills on a .350 attack, and Carolina Rivas improved her assist total to 52 with seven digs. On defense, Devin Andrews-Lyssy had 18 more digs, and Celine Alasomuka added 12 more digs.
William and Mary begins conference play next weekend, traveling to face James Madison and George Mason on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 23-24.