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SAINT JAMES -- Once Washington's volleyball team got its attack straightened out late in Game 1 of Wednesday's match at Saint James, the Patriots were a little too much for the Saints.
Nikki Ashbaugh was the best player on the floor, finishing with 28 assists and six aces, and Washington found another gear for a 24-26, 25-23, 25-15, 25-15 victory.
"She every single match gives 100 percent. I never have to question her work ethic," Patriots coach Ian Hillman said. "Even when our passes aren't on the mark, she gets to the ball and sets up her teammates."
Washington (2-8) struggled at the start, as Saint James (2-5) took a 23-16 lead by playing cleaner than the Patriots, who made 12 of their 13 errors in the game in those first 39 points.
Beata Lienhard led the Patriots back with four kills and two blocks in an 8-0 run that gave Washington game point at 24-23. But Taylor Deveaux put down a kill for the Saints, and after a hitting error by the Patriots gave Saint James game point, Jordan Wills ended it with a block.