Home cooking for TU: Delaware State, two others fall at SECU

By: Katrina Le, Staff Writer 

Following two consecutive losses on the road, Towson shut out William & Mary, James Madison and Delaware State 3-0 at home at SECU Arena. 

“I’m really proud of myself and my team for winning three-sets-to-none in a conference like the CAA,” senior outside hitter Jessica Lewis said. “We’re taking care of the ball a lot better and covering the floor a lot more now.”

On Sunday, the Tigers hosted and defeated the William & Mary Tribe. Back-to-back kills by sophomore outside hitter Carola Biver and Lewis extended the Tiger’s lead to 19-10 in the first set. Sophomore right-side hitter Jocelyn Kuilan closed the set with a kill to give Towson a 25-13 win.

Towson opened the second set by scoring seven of the first eleven points. A 5-2 run later followed, making the score 22-15 in favor of Towson. Towson won the second set 25-16.

The third set was a closer battle for the two teams as they fought through eight ties and three lead changes.

The Tribe went on a 10-2 run to take a 17-13 lead, but the Tigers were quick to respond by scoring eight of the next ten points to take a 21-19 lead. Lewis closed the set with a kill, helping the Tigers to a 25-22 victory.

Senior middle blocker Lindsay Flaherty became the sixth player in Towson history to record 400 career blocks.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling,” Flaherty said. “I couldn’t have done it without my coaches and teammates. I give all the credit to them.”

Friday, Towson hosted James Madison, where Biver delivered back-to-back kills to give Towson a 6-3 lead in the first set.

Towson then went on an 8-0 run, with sophomore libero Anna Holehouse serving seven of those eight points and Lewis knocking down four kills. Lewis later delivered the final kill of the set to give Towson a 25-18 win in the first.

The Dukes opened up the second set with a 14-13 lead, only to be outdone by the Tigers. The Tigers went on a 5-0 run to take an 18-14 advantage. The Tigers scored three of the final four points to claim a 25-16 set win.

Biver came out strong once again in the third set as she tacked on three straight points including a service ace to give Towson an 11-6 lead.

The teams fought back and forth until the Dukes managed to pull within one point of the Tigers at 14-13. The Tigers then responded with a 6-2 run and a 20-15 lead.

Sophomore right side hitter Jocelyn Kuilan closed out the Towson victory with a kill, making the score 25-19 in the final set.

Towson defeated Delaware State Tuesday. They won each set in large deficits. Towson opened up the first set by scoring 14 of the first 18 points. They followed a 14-4 lead with a 7-0 run to extend their advantage to 21-5 and ultimately claim the set 25-8.

Freshman outside hitter Anabella Pope crushed a service ace and a kill to give Towson a 7-1 lead in the second set.

Pope was followed by freshman outside hitter Annie Ertz who delivered back-to-back kills and two service aces to make the score 16-5. Towson wound up taking a 2-0 lead in the match after a 25-9 win in the second set.

In the third set, freshman outside hitter Callan Holmes opened with two kills to give the Tigers a 6-1 lead. The Tigers later went on a 7-0 run that extended the lead to 22-5. The Tigers closed out the match with a 25-6 win.

Next week, Towson will continue conference play as they face UNC Wilmington and College of Charleston on the road.

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