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Tigers sweep Hofstra, clinch postseason berth

Candace Steadman was one of four Tigers with seven kills and led the team with 3.5 blocks.

Candace Steadman was one of four Tigers with seven kills and led the team with 3.5 blocks.

They’re in!

With a 25-21, 25-19, 25-23 sweep of the Hofstra Pride, the Towson volleyball team clinched a spot in this year’s CAA Tournament as they moved into a tie for third place in the standings.

The Tigers had a well-spread out attack with seven hitters having between five to seven kills in the match. Marissa Wonders finished the match with 17 assists and Julymar Otero finished with 13 assists as the team as a whole assisted 38 of the 40 Tiger kills in the match.

Defensively, Towson was even better, out-digging the Pride 51-29.

It was Towson’s own errors that caused them the most trouble in the match. Towson often struggled to hit around the Pride’s block. Hofstra finished with 12 blocks in the game. Those mistakes kept the match close, but the Tigers defense never the Pride truly threaten them. The Tigers out-dug the Pride 51-29 and held them to just .057 hitting. The Pride had 20 errors to just 26 kills in the match.

The Tigers out-paced Hofstra to a 15-8 lead in the first set. Hofstra used a four-point run a bit later – earned by a kill by Nanishka Perez, two aces by Annie Ertz and a block by Michela Rucli and Doris Bogoje – to cut Towson’s lead down to just three points and a 4-1 run soon after got them within two points, but Towson created some distance again with a 4-1 run. Kills by Lindsay Flaherty and Jocelyn Kuilan helped get Towson to a 24-19 lead.

Hofstra was able to save set point twice, but another kill by Kuilan ended the set that ended up being close despite the Tigers out-hitting the Pride .323 to .074.

After a very early exchange of points in the second set, the Tigers scored four-straight to take a 5-2 lead. The Pride quickly responded and worked up to a 9-8 lead. However, strings of three consecutive points sandwiching back-to-back points by Hofstra helped Towson take a 14-11 lead. They never trailed or had the set even tied after that. Hofstra would cut it down to one point, but a four-point run by Towson with kills by Ertz and Jessica Lewis, followed by back-to-back Tiger blocks pushed them ahead 21-15.

Hofstra scored three-straight points, but that was matched by Towson to re-take their six-point lead.

That time Towson earned a shot at set point. An attack error by Payton Windell saved it for Hofstra, but Lewis came right back for the set-winner.

In the third set, Towson used a 4-1 run to take an 8-5 lad. Hofstra worked to get the set tied and even took a few one-point leads. The Tigers were stuck in a battle but a 4-0 run in the middle of the set gave them a 16-15 lead and they never trailed after. Hofstra would tie, but the Tigers would come up with key kills to get back ahead each time.

The final three points of the match were determined at the service line. Hofstra’s Luisa Sydlik hot an ace to tie the set at 23-23. She then hit an error to put the Tigers up for match point. Ertz drilled and ace on the ensuing serve to give the Tigers the victory.

Towson will wrap up their home slate on Sunday when they host Northeastern at 1 pm

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