New Mexico Tournament
Towson finished the New Mexico Tournament with a 1-2 record, suffering an opening loss to New Mexico 3-1 before splitting the final two matches with a 3-0 win over Northern Arizona and losing the final match against the Abilene Christian Wildcats.
The Tigers (4-8) lost to the Wildcats (4-4) 3-1, but only by an overall 7 points.
Towson managed to win the first set 25-22, but lost the final three straight sets to the Wildcats, including a 26-24 loss in the final set that gave Abilene Christian the win.
Senior Dayane Van Ass had 10 kills in the game and junior Victoria Williams had a team-high 13 kills.
However, 14 service errors proved too much to overcome for the Tigers.
“Service errors are a different type of animal than regular errors,” Head Coach Don Metil said. “It’s something that we need to work on and it’s just basically giving away free points. We played well at times, but the inconsistency is still there. Even when we won – although it was a big win – we were committing too many service errors. And when you only lose by a total of seven points to Abilene Christian, those service errors will really jump out.”
In the second game of the tournament, Towson faced a Northern Arizona (6-3) team that only had one loss at the time.
Sophomore Haley Pa’akaula came up big for the Tigers with 11 kills and five digs.
Junior Paige Sekerak also performed well, as she added 25 digs.
Towson’s first match ended in a 3-1 loss to the hosting New Mexico Lobobs (8-1).
Junior Saitaua Iosia led the way for the Tigers in the opener with 17 kills. Sekerak had another impressive game with 14 digs.
But errors were once again a key issue for Towson, as the team committed 30 errors in the game. New Mexico only committed 20.
“It’s the same inconsistency,” Metil said. “We’re just making the same type of errors out there and it’s something the team needs to be held accountable for it.”
Inconsistency has been a continuous theme for Towson this season. The Tigers will earn a dominate win but follow it with loss in which the team commits numerous errors.
The Tigers next game is Tuesday against the Delaware St. Hornets (1-4). The game starts at 6 p.m. from Dover, Del.