By: Chris Wells, Staff Writer
Towson’s season started just the way the Tigers had planned, with four wins and zero losses.
The Tigers took a trip south to compete in the Alabama State Tournament where they earned victories over Jackson State, Texas Southern, Alabama State and Alabama A&M.
“We did what we were supposed to do,” Head Coach Don Metil said. “We went down there with the expectation to win.”
In game one of the tournament, Towson coasted to victory against Jackson State 3-0. The final set scores were 25-11, 25-8 and 25-11.
Game two didn’t prove to be much more of a challenge as the Tigers defeated Texas Southern 3-0.
Towson won set one 25-12 and set two 25-10. Set three proved to be the most difficult, with the Tigers trailing 11-8 at the beginning of the game, with a later 9-1 run to open up a 17-12 lead and finish the day off with a 25-17 victory.
Despite emerging victorious, the Tigers still have things to improve on, but the potential for a great season was evident.
“Freshman setter Marrisa Wonders put up some hittable balls and really showcased her talents,” Metil said. “We need to work on stoppage in the play, team defense, communication and feedback. We need to take care of the ball and be efficient.”
In game three of the tournament, Towson continued its trend, defeating Alabama State 3-0.
The set scores were 25-15, 25-9 and 25-16.
Junior Julymar Otero set a career-high 17 assists against the Hornets.
Game four, Towson cruised to victory with another 3-0 victory against Alabama A&M.
Their defense was on full display, winning each set in convincing fashion, 25-4, 25-9 and 25-16. The Tigers only trailed once, 1-0 in set two.
Although the season started as expected, not all the players were able to make the trip.
“There are some kids we still need to look at,” Metil said. “But the kids we did take were excited about the opportunity.”
Towson will get a chance to continue its 2016 winning ways at the Seton Hall Tournament Sept. 2 at 4:30 p.m. against Canisius. On Saturday, Towson will play George Washington at noon and against host Seton Hall at 7:30 p.m.
“It’s a long road ahead,” Metil said. “We’ll get back in the gym and continue work on this team. Three days in the lab and then back at it.”