“I’m pleased with the performance tonight,” said Towson coach Bruce Atkinson. “I thought we played pretty consistent in this match and to come back from being down 24-19 in the second set was big.”
Leading 7-6 in the first set, the Tigers took advantage of three straight Delaware (3-11, 0-1 CAA) attack errors to extend their advantage to 10-6. A block from senior Alysha McCreary gave Towson a 16-11 lead in the set. The Blue Hens pulled to within two, 19-17 on a kill from Katie Hank. Towson responded by scoring six of the final eight points to secure a 25-19 win.
Delaware came out strong in the second set and held a 24-19 lead following a kill from Chelsea Lawrence. Facing set point, the Tigers called timeout and ignited a run that provided a thrilling end to the set. A kill from junior Dayane Van Ass began a 5-0 run by the Tigers which tied the match at 24-24. That was the start of seven ties that the two teams battled through. Delaware tied the set at 30-30 on a kill from Lawrence. The Tigers responded with kills from seniors I’ishah Keliikoa and Marta Machos to win the set, 32-30 and take a 2-0 lead in the match.
The two teams battled early in the second set and found themselves tied at 14-14. A kill from Keliikoa gave the Tigers a lead they would not relinquish. A kill from junior Katy Buck gave Towson a 21-17 lead in the set. The Tigers would close out the set on a pair of kills from McCreary and one from Van Ass. Towson won the third set 25-19 and took the match, 3-0.
Buck and senior Aubrey Kirven led the Tigers with “double-double” performances in the match. Buck finished with 12 kills and 11 digs while Kirven had 46 assists and 14 digs. Machos contributed 13 kills while hitting .370 while Keliikoa had 12 kills and hit .550. Sophomore Paige Sekerak posted 17 digs while fellow sophomore Aniris Fernandez had 11 digs.
Alissa Alker led Delaware with 13 kills while Ariel Shonk had a match-high 23 digs.
Towson returns to action on Sunday, Sept. 23 when it travels to the University of Pennsylvania for a 4 p.m. match.