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Tigers can’t keep up with hot-hitting Blue Hens

Carola Biver had a double-double with 11 kills and 11 digs.

Carola Biver had a double-double with 11 kills and 11 digs.

Despite double-doubles by Marrisa Wonders and Carola Biver, the Towson volleyball team was unable to overcome a hot-hitting Delaware volleyball team as the Tigers were swept on Wednesday night at SECU Arena. Delaware out-hit Towson .312 to .248 and held an advantage in each set as they earned a 28-26, 25-21, 25-21 victory.

Wonders had 24 assists and 12 digs like Biver hit .370 with 11 kills and 11 digs but Towson was unable to score key points when they needed them the most. Towson scored the first three points of the match and a bit later used a six-point run to earn a 12-6 lead.

Towson controlled the first set and were just two points away from a set victory after a kill by Jessica Lewis earned her team a 23-19 lead. However, Delaware scored five-straight points to earn an opportunity at set point. Towson saved it not just once, but three times in a back-and-forth exchange. However, they couldn’t back up the save with another point to keep from playing catch up and eventually the Blue Hens got the two point lead they needed after Corey Perkins and Erin Layne recorded back-to-back kills to take the opening set.

The Tigers once again started a set better, taking an 8-3 lead in the second. But again, it was after Towson held a 12-6 lead that Delaware started to heat up. Delaware and Towson exchanged the next six points, but Delaware scored four-straight points to get back within two points. Towson pushed back ahead by four with a kill and ace by Jocelyn Kuilan, but the Blue Hens were hitting very well.

Overall, Delaware experienced a 14-4 run to take a 23-19 lead. Peyton Windell got a kill for Towson, but the Tigers couldn’t build off of it. Autumn Jenkins responded with a kill for Delaware. Towson recorded a block to save one set point, by Alexa Swann ended the set with a kill.

Towson wouldn’t get out to the red-hot start in the third set. Instead, the Blue Hens scored five-straight points to take a 5-2 lead. Towson did heat up and scored five of the next eight points to gain a 7-6 advantage, but Delaware was able to get the key points when they needed. Delaware quickly re-tired the set with a kill by Jenkins. And the team teams exchanged points evenly until Lewis made it a 10-10 set with a kill.

Then Delaware went on a 6-1 run to jump ahead 16-11. Towson would fight back and get as close as two points on multiple occasions, including after three-straight points that made it 23-21, but Jenkins smacked two kills to end the match.

Towson hits the road on a quick turnaround at Elon on Friday before returning home for their final two home matches of the season against Hofstra and Northeastern next weekend.

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