Towson defeats GW 3-1
It was a weekend of mixed results for Towson, losing at home to Delaware 3-0 on Friday, but beating George Washington on the road 3-1 on Sunday.
The Tigers bounced back from Friday’s loss by winning the first two sets against the Colonials 25-17 and 25-20.
Towson lost the third set to George Washington (5-9) 25-23, and struggled in the fourth set, but managed to come from behind to win the set.
After trailing 24-19 in the final set, the Tigers were able to rally to tie set at 25. Senior Dayane Van Ass had three kills in the rally and helped propelled Towson’s comeback.
As the score was tied 26-26, two straight kills from juniors Saitaua Iosia and Victoria Williams gave the Tigers the 28-26 win.
“We’re at least putting ourselves in position every time now to win the sets and the match,” Head Coach Don Metil said. “Critical errors at critical times have hurt us, but this team is so young that when we’re playing teams with juniors and seniors, we have at least two or three players out there with minimal experience.”
Metil continued to talk about what his team needs to do in order to win more matches.
“There is a lot of positives for this young team, but we need to be able to take care of the ball a little better in order to hang with this other teams,” he said.
The Tigers (6-13, 0-1 Colonial Athletic Association) lost their first conference game of the season to the Blue Hens (9-6, 1-0 CAA) at home Friday evening.
Errors have plagued Towson all season, but the Tigers managed to only commit 17 errors. Their struggles against the Blue Hens came offensively.
Sophomore Haley Pa’akaula was the bright spot for the Tigers, with 11 kills and five digs in the game.
Junior Paige Sekerak, who was honored before the game for surpassing 1,000 career digs, added 19 digs to her total.
But the main problem for the Tigers was center play, as Towson rotated four centers in the game, trying to find consistency for the offense.
One of the centers rotated into the game was junior Aimee Schubert, who made her first appearance of the season for Towson.
The transfer from Wright St. had 11 assists in the game. Metil talked about what he saw from her after the game.
“We still don’t have enough consistency to go out with the same starting six every night and that’s starting to cause us some problems,” he said. “But I think Aimee Schubert stepped in and played well. She did really well both offensively and defensively so we might see a little more of her.”
Up next for the Tigers is a home conference game against the Hofstra Pride (10-6, 1-1 CAA) Friday before hosting Northeastern (8-7, 1-1 CAA) Saturday. Friday’s match is set to start at 3 p.m., and Saturday’s is set to start at 5 p.m.