Tigers swat Hornets
Towson was able to make a late comeback against the Delaware State Hornets to win 3-2 after being down two sets to one.
Towson (5-8) started off hot, winning the first set 25-13. However, the Tigers struggled in the next two sets, losing 25-22 and 25-17 to put the team in a 2-1 hole.
Service errors contributed to Towson falling behind.
Towson committed six of their nine service errors during these two sets.
“We definitely started off strong the first match,” junior Victoria Williams said. “The first few points of the game we were up 7-1. We won the first set, but then lost the next two sets solely because of our errors.”
But the team was able to rally against the Hornets (1-5), winning 25-14 in the fourth set and then securing the win by taking the fifth set 15-8.
Junior Saitaua Iosia had another solid performance for the Tigers, leading the team with 18 kills. Eight of her kills came in the final two sets and helped seal the Towson victory.
Iosia talked about the importance of the win after the match.
“This Delaware State match was off to a great start until we got too comfortable in the second set and dug ourselves into a hole that we tried to get out of throughout the third set,” she said. “Before the fourth set is when we all finally realized that we as a team need to focus more and do the right things. This match meant a lot to us because we needed to redeem ourselves from this past weekend’s tournament in New Mexico.”
Williams was another key contributor, as she finished the match with 12 kills.
Iosia and Williams were the only two Tigers to finish with double-digit kills.
“We needed to comeback and redeem ourselves,” Williams said. “We were better than this team in all ways possible. Better in blocks, aces, assists, kills. This win means a lot to us as we go into this weekend playing a lot tougher teams in the Missouri Tournament.”
After previous losses, Head Coach Don Metil said that his centers needed to contribute more.
Junior center Casey Giovanazzi did just that.
The transfer from North Florida played all five sets and had 22 assists and three service aces.
Another key for the Tigers was limiting their attacking errors to 15, as opposed to the Hornets’ 22.
The Tigers will now travel to Missouri to participate in the Mizzou Classic from Columbia, Mo.
This is Towson’s last tournament before beginning conference play in the Colonial Athletic Association.
The team will play four games in two days from Friday to Saturday.
Towson’s first two games on Friday are against the Southern Missouri Lions (3-5) at 11 a.m. and the hosting Missouri Tigers at 7:30 p.m.
Missouri has a perfect 11-0 record.
Its 11 wins lead the nation.
On Saturday, the team will take on the Middle Tennessee St. Blue Raiders (6-4) at 1 p.m. before finishing the Classic against the Samford Bulldogs (7-5) at 5 p.m.