Tigers win 49er
Over the weekend, Towson (11-3) won the 49er Invitational, hosted by Charlotte University, making it the third of four tournaments that the Tigers have won this season.
Towson defeated UNC-Asheville (4-12) and Kennesaw State (10-4) 3-0, and Charlotte (8-4) 3-1 to capture the title.
The Tigers started off the tournament with a 3-0 win against the UNC-Asheville Bulldogs, beating them 25-18, 25-16 and 25-22.
Sophomore defensive specialist Aniris Fernandez helped propel the team with four service aces.
Junior outside hitter Dayane Van Ass contributed 12 kills with no errors and junior middle blocker I’ishah Keliikoa added nine kills with no errors.
In the second match of the tournament against Kennesaw State, Towson won 25-19, 25-17 and 25-14.
Junior outside hitter Katy Buck recorded 12 kills, her highest total of the tournament and no errors.
The final match of the tournament, against host Charlotte, gave the Tigers some trouble.
Towson took the first set easily with a 25-13 win, but Charlotte came out strong in the second taking the set 27-25. But the Tigers came back to win the next two sets 25-22 and 25-23 to close out the match.
Head Coach Bruce Atkinson said Charlotte came harder than Towson had expected in the second set and that the team and underestimated them a bit in the first.
Senior opposite hitter Marta Machos was brought in for two sets and recorded 11 kills and one error.
Atkinson said that bringing in Machos took some of the pressure off the other hitters.
In addition to the tournament victory, senior setter Aubrey Kirven was awarded the tournament MVP.
Kirven had 141 assists and 24 digs in the tournament, as well as two kills in the Kennesaw State match.
In the three sets she played in the tournament, Machos hit .579 with only two errors and 13 kills on 19 total attacks.
Keliikoa finished with a team-high hitting percentage of players who played the whole tournament. She hit .479 with five errors and 28 kills on 48 attacks.
Senior middle blocker Alysha McCreary was recognized as the Colonial Athletic Association Defensive Player of the Week. In the tournament, McCreary hit .255 with 22 kills and nine errors.
The Tigers return home on Tuesday where they face La Salle before opening up Colonial Athletic Association play on Friday at Towson Center against rival Delaware.