Streaking Tigers Blank Seahawks, 3-0
Courtesy: UNCW Athletic Communications
WILMINGTON, North Carolina - Junior Katy Buck recorded a match-high 14 kills and turned in a .367 hitting percentage to lead Towson to a 3-0 (25-18, 25-15) victory over UNCW in Colonial Athletic Association volleyball action Sunday at Hanover Hall.
The Tigers improved to 17-3 overall and 4-0 in league play as they won their 10th straight match. The Seahawks, meanwhile, slipped to 7-13 and 0-5 with the setback.
Buck, the CAA Preseason Player-of-the-Year, powered a potent Tigers attack that combined for 46 kills and a .333 hitting percentage for the match. Senior Marta Machos joined Buck in double figures with 10 kills while junior Dayane Van Ass pitched in six. Senior setter Aubrey Kirven dished out a match-high 39 assists. Sophomore Paige Sekerak led all players with 14 digs while Buck added 10 bumps to finish with a double-double.
Junior Christi Laite tallied eight kills and sophomore Moran Kline added seven spikes for UNCW, who teamed up for 33 kills and a .192 attack clip during the contest. Freshman Victoria Phillips dished out 13 assists and senior Natalie Lahaie added 11. Junior Haley Collins tallied a team-best eight digs while Phillips chipped in six.
In the first set, Towson used a 12-4 run midway through the frame to expand an 8-6 edge into a 20-10 cushion as it cruised to a 25-18 victory in the opening frame. The Tigers combined for a .407 hitting percentage in the opening stanza, recording 15 kills and just four errors in 25 total attempts.
With the score tied at 11-all in the second set, a kill from junior I'ishah Keliikoa sparked Towson to five unanswered points and started a 14-4 run that would give the Tigers a 25-15 win and a 2-0 lead. Towson continued its torrid hitting in the second frame, notching 17 kills and only five errors in 32 attempts for a .375 attack clip.
In a back-and-forth third set that featured a total of 10 ties and six lead changes, Towson rattled off three straight points with the score tied at 15-all to build an 18-15 advantage. UNCW would pull within one, 21-20, moments later on a kill by Kline, but a spike by Van Ass set off a 4-0 run that led to a 25-20 triumph for the Tigers and the match.
UNCW returns to action Oct. 13 with a 2 p.m. CAA matinee at Georgia State. Towson is back on the floor Oct. 19 when they host Hofstra in a 7 p.m. match at the Towson Center.