TOWSON, Md. – Junior Victoria Williams hit .524 to lead the Towson University volleyball team to a 3-0 victory over the Naval Academy in SECU Arena on Tuesday night. Williams posted a match-high 13 kills to lead the Tigers to their second win over Navy this season.
“For us, the game plan from the first time we saw Navy to the second time didn’t change,” said Towson coach Don Metil. “We executed the game plan and with the injuries we have it was nice to see people step up like Sonja Vasovic. Williams played well tonight and when she’s on, she’s hard to stop.”
The first set was the tightest of the match as the two teams battled through four ties and three lead changes. Trailing 8-7, the Tigers (9-22) used a 6-1 run to take a 13-9 lead. Freshman Lindsay Flaherty had a pair of kills during that stretch for the Tigers. The two teams traded points and Navy (12-13) pulled to within two, 16-14 on a ball handling error by Towson. A block from Flaherty and Williams allowed the home team to take a 19-15 advantage in the set. An attack error by the Tigers gave the Mids a 20-19 edge. However, that was the last lead for Navy. Towson used 6-1 run to close out the first set and claim a 25-21 win.
The Tigers continued their strong play to start the second set, scoring eight of the first nine points and forcing a Navy timeout. Williams had three kills during that stretch for the Tigers. Towson pushed its lead to 14-4 on a service ace from sophomore Kyana Miller. A service ace from junior Aimee Schubert extended the Towson advantage to 20-8 and Navy called its second timeout. The two sides traded points following the timeout before a kill from junior Saitaua Iosia gave Towson a 25-18 victory and a 2-0 lead in the match.
A kill from Flaherty allowed the Tigers to take a 6-3 lead to start the third set. Vasovic recorded a kill to give Towson a 15-10 advantage. The Tigers pushed their lead to 18-11 on a kill from sophomore Candace Steadman. A kill from Williams gave the home team a 22-15 advantage. An attack error by Navy allowed Towson to earn a 25-16 set win and victory in the match.
In addition to Williams’ team leading kills, the Tigers got eight kills from senior Dayane Van Ass. Vasovic, Steadman and Flaherty recorded five kills each. Schubert dished out 20 assists while Miller contributed 16 assists and three service aces. Junior Paige Sekerak dished out a match-high 15 digs.
McKenzie Bailey finished with nine kills and five digs to lead Navy.
Towson is back in action for its final road match of the regular season on Sunday, Nov. 10 for a 7 p.m. match at Delaware.