By: Jordan Cope, Assistant Sports Editor
Towson split two matches on the road this week after defeated College of Charleston 3-1 on Sunday, and fell to UNC Wilmington 3-1 on Friday.
Sunday, the Tigers earned their first win in team history against the Cougars.
In set one, Towson earned a 28-26 win. Early in the set, the Tigers fell behind College of Charleston 5-0, which prompted Head Coach Don Metil to call a timeout.
“I told the team we needed to split on the road,” Metil said. “There is a defined upper and lower group in the conference and if we had lost it would keep us where we were, but allow all the lower teams to catch up to us.”
After the timeout, Towson scored its first point of the match and slowly cut into the deficit. By the midway point of the set, the Tigers trailed just 12-10.
Later in the set, Towson went on a 5-0 run of its own to take a 17-16 lead. The Tigers went on to win the set after taking the last three points.
In set two, Towson fell 25-20, but rebounded in sets three and four to secure the victory.
Set three went back and forth early, as both teams were tied 6-6. However, the Tigers went on a 5-0 run midway through the set to take an 11-7 lead.
Later, Towson went on a 4-0 run to take a 15-10 lead and a 3-0 run to take an 18-14 lead before the tesm secured set three 25-22.
Set four began similar to set three, as both teams exchanged points and were tied early 4-4. However, the Tigers went on a 5-0 run late in the set to take a 24-19 lead before they closed out the set and the game with a 25-22 win.
Senior Haley Pa’akaula helped lead Towson to victory by registering 14 digs, 13 kills and two blocks.
Friday, the Tigers fell to the Seahawks 3-1.
“We were very sloppy to begin,” Metil said. “We lacked some ball controls and dug ourselves into several holes that we then had to recover from.”
Despite dropping the first set 25-17, Towson took set two 26-24 to even the match 1-1. In set two, the Tigers were trailing 14-11 but went on a 3-0 run to tie the set 14-14. Towson later secured the victory by winning seven of the last 10 plays.
In set three, Towson fell into an eight-point hole early in the set that it could never climb out of. The Seahawks went on to win the set 25-17.
In set four, the Tigers got out to an early 8-6 lead, but the Seahawks fought back to take a 13-9 lead. UNC Wilmington later finished off Towson by going on a 3-0 run to end the game and secure a 33-31 win.
The Tigers will return home to SECU Arena Wednesday for a five game homestand beginning with Delaware, Elon and William & Mary.