Volleyball: Towson earns pair of victories

By: Jordan Cope, Assistant Sports Editor

Towson earned a pair of Colonial Athletic Association victories after defeating College of Charleston Friday and UNC Wilmington Sunday at SECU Arena.

Sunday, the Tigers defeated the Seahawks 3-0.

In the first set, Towson earned a 25-19 win.

Towson fell behind UNC Wilmington early, but went on a 4-0 run to take an 8-7 lead.

Although the first set went down to the wire, Towson won five of its last six points to secure the victory.

In the second set, the Tigers earned a 25-23 win.

UNC Wilmington took a 17-14 lead midway through the set, but the Tigers went on a pair of 3-0 runs late in the set to clinch the win.

In the third set, Towson earned a 25-16 win.

Towson took an 11-5 lead after going on a 5-0 run early in the set.

Towson later went on a 4-0 run to take a 15-7 lead before sweeping the Seahawks.

Friday, the Tigers defeated College of Charleston 3-0.

“Every match is important, but this win set us up for a bigger match on Sunday,” senior Haley Pa’akaula said. “I think we came in and took care of business, College of Charleston is a good team and we have had history with them, so it was good to come in and get a sweep tonight.”

In set one, Towson earned a 27-25 win over College of Charleston.

Early in the set, the Cougars and Tigers were tied 2-2.

The Cougars went on a 3-0 run to take a 5-2 lead, but the Tigers responded with a 5-0 run later to take an 11-10 lead. Ultimately, the Tigers won the set by taking six of the last nine points.

In set two, Towson earned a 25-20 win over College of Charleston.

Set two was a mirror image of set one, as both teams battled until the final point.

Midway through the set, both teams were tied 15-15.

However, the Tigers went on a 3-0 run to take a 19-17 lead, forcing the Cougars to call a timeout.

After the timeout, the Cougars responded with a 3-0 run to tie the game 20-20, but the Tigers hung on and won the set.    

In set three, Towson earned a 25-17 win. 

Unlike sets one and two, the Tigers wasted no time putting away the Cougars.

The Tigers took an early 10-5 lead thanks to a pair of 3-0 runs.

While the Cougars cut the Tigers lead to 14-10 midway through the set, the Tigers went on a late 5-0 run to take a 20-12 lead before closing out and sweeping the match.

“I think we played them better than we did the first time around,” Head Coach Don Metil said. “We executed our game plan well, and showed a little bit of fight throughout each of the sets.”

Pa’akaula finished the night against College of Charelston with eight kills.

“I was very happy with my performance tonight,” Pa’akaula said. “Anytime you can record eight kills in CAA match and come away with a win is big.”

Redshirt freshman Anna Holehouse also contributed to the Tigers win over the Cougars by recording 18 digs, three aces and two assists. 

Next week, Towson will battle the Hofstra Pride in Hampstead, New York, in search of its fifth straight CAA victory.

In their last meeting with the Pride, the Tigers earned a 3-0 win at SECU Arena.

A win against Hofstra on Sunday   will advance the Tigers record to 23-4 on the season as the CAA playoffs near. 

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