volleyball: weekend road warriors

By: Jordan Cope, Assistant Sports Editor

Towson extended its Colonial Athletic Association winning streak to three games after defeating Elon 3-1 Sunday and William & Mary 3-1 Friday.

Against the Phoenix, the Tigers set the tone with a 25-14 win in the first set and earned a 3-1 match victory.

“In the matches this weekend we were unsure of our opponents and how they were going to come out,” Head Coach Don Metil said. “So it was good that regardless of who our opponents put out and where they put them that we were able to stay consistent on our side of the net.”

In the first set, Towson and Elon were tied 4-4. However, the Tigers went on a 6-0 run to take a 10-4 lead. After Towson’s run, the Phoenix did not lead again in that set.

“Some interesting things we did in the practice gym this week was we played a game, and we were just monitoring the amount of points in which we had a lead,” Metil said. “Then our goal was to maintain that lead at the end of the match. So what we worked on in the practice gym was implied in the match which was good.”

In set two, the Tigers held a 13-9 lead until Elon went on a 4-0 run to tie the score 13-13.

However, Towson turned the tables in its favor after going on a 3-0 run to take a 16-13 lead before taking the set 25-20.

Despite dropping set three 25-20, the Tigers rebounded in set four with a 25-18 victory that was constructed on a late 6-0 run.

“We had three different scouting reports on Elon and we were not sure which one we were going to use,” Metil said. “So we just said, ‘let’s take care of the ball on our side of the net and we will work things out as the match progresses.’”

In Friday’s victory over the William & Mary Tribe, Towson won 3-1.

In set one, the Tigers jumped out to a fast 8-3 lead over the Tribe after going on a pair of early runs. Towson later extended its lead to 19-11 after a 5-0 run before earning a 25-17 set win.

In set two, Towson earned a 25-18 victory. The Tigers took a 9-1 lead after going on an early 7-0 run. While William & Mary battled back with a 5-0 run to cut the Towson lead to two points, the Tigers were able to hold on for the win.

“The team is definitely resilient and young so that is exciting,” Metil said. “But the bad news is we are allowing our opponents to go on a big run too, so those are some of the things that we still need to address.”

The Tigers dropped set three but took set four after going on a pair of 3-0 runs late in the set to take an 18-10 lead before closing out the Tribe 25-19.

Towson will play its first two CAA home games this week as the Tigers play host to Hofstra Friday, and Northeastern Sunday.

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