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Hot-hitting Tigers blow past Tribe

Lindsay Flaherty reached the 400 career block mark against William & Mary.

Lindsay Flaherty reached the 400 career block mark against William & Mary.

Three Tigers finished Sunday’s three-set sweep of William & Mary with double-digit kills. It was a dominant hitting and defensive performance by Towson as they hit .403 and held the Tribe to just .181. Towson hit over .370 in all three sets on their way to the one-sided 25-13, 25-16, 25-22 victory.

Jessica Lewis led Towson with 18 kills with no attacking errors and a pair of aces as she hit .486. Carola Biver and Jocelyn Kuilan each had 11 kills in the match. Biver also had 11 digs for the double-double. Candace Steadman led the Tigers hitting .538 with eight kills.

Towson never trailed in the first two sets of the match.

They opened the first set scoring four of the first five points. They never had one dominant run the set, but just out-paced the Tribe the entire way. Towson never led William & Mary score consecutive points in the first set. Then, after leading 20-12, Towson scored four-straight points on Lewis’ serve with both aces coming in the short run. A service error saves set point for the tribe but Kuilan got the final kill right after.

Towson opened the first set with three-straight points and once again didn’t utilize any long runs, but just out-paced William & Mary. The Tribe only twice scored back-to-back points and the second point both times came from a Tiger attacking error.

The Tribe cut Towson’s lead to one at 9-8 with a kill by Alex Stein. The Tigers then saw kills by Lewis and Biver in order to take an 11-8 lead. Towson had at least a two-point advantage through to 14-12. Then The Tigers scored four of the next five points to take an 18-14 lead that forced a William & Mary timeout.

William & Mary just couldn’t hit the ball well enough and Towson had their greatest run of success at the end of the set. William & Mary made it 19-15 but out of a Tiger timeout Kuilan hit back-to-back kills and then Biver hit a third-straight off Lewis’ serves. A service error by Lewis again ended their run, but the scored three more points to close out the set.

The Tribe finally started hitting well in the third set and even exchanged a few leads with the Tigers but it wasn’t nearly well enough. Towson’s worst set hitting was the third and they still hit a remarkable .372.

An 8-1 run by William & Mary put Towson against the ropes, trailing 17-13. It seemed that there would have to be at least a fourth set after they went ahead with that dominant of a run, but Towson responded with five of the next six points to tie the game and 10 of the next 13 point to take a 23-20 lead. William & Mary ended the great stretch with a block, but Lindsay Flaherty hit a kill to give Towson an opportunity at match point. The Tribe save it once with a block but Lewis ended the match with her 18 kill.

Flaherty had three assisted blocks in the match, surpassing the 400-plateu in her career.

Towson will play on the road their next two games at UNC Wilmington on Friday and the College of Charleston on Sunday before returning home on October 26 to host Delaware.

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