Towson finishes weekend with first win
Towson (1-3) snapped a three-game losing streak that began its season with a 3-0 match win against the St. Francis (Pa.) Red Flash (0-4) on Saturday at the Hokie Classic in Blacksburg, Va.
The win capped a weekend where the Tigers faced No. 14 Michigan State, host Virginia Tech and Pacific and salvaged only one game.
“It was definitely a tough weekend playing four good teams,” Head Coach Don Metil said. “We played excellent at moments but we had times where we showed our inconsistency.”
Towson started the match with four straight points, including three off junior Saitaua Iosia’s kills, and did not look back. The Red Flash could not get back into the game, leading to a 25-15
set victory for the Tigers.
Iosia, a transfer from Maryland- Eastern Shore, tallied 15 kills and only five errors in the match. The Tigers finished the match with 49 kills and eight errors, a better ratio than in the
previous three matches.
In the second set that featured five ties, both teams played tough through the first 20 points, where the scored stood 10-10. However, Towson finished the set on a 15-6 run and took a commanding 2-0 set lead.
Sophomore setter Kelsey Polak contributed nine assists in the set, along with two blocks and two kills. She finished with 41 assists in the match, a career high and 38 more than anyone else.
“Kelsey is a young player and that was a good start for her,” Metil said. “She needs to develop more consistency, but when she does, she will be even better for us.
The third set was another tight affair at first, but Towson used a 16-5 run to break away from St. Francis (Pa.) and take the match.
The run was kick-started by junior Victoria Williams, who recorded four kills in the Tigers’ next six points. Williams finished the match with 13 kills and three errors.
“[The win] was definitely important for the mindset of the girls right now,” Metil said. “As long as we keep improving, we will keep ourselves in a lot of matches going forward.”
In the first game of the day, Towson fell in straight sets to Pacific, 25-15 25-11 25-18. Despite seven ties and three lead changes over three sets, The Tigers were not able to match Pacific’s offense.
Pacific only held a 14-12 lead in the first set, but an 11-3 run sealed the frame to give the Tigers the 1-0 match lead. Another 11-1 run ended the second set in favor of Pacific, which used four straight attack errors to take the set.
Towson tallied only 17 kills in the match, but committed 29 errors to go with it. Williams and Iosia both had three kills, but combined for 13 errors. The Tigers recorded 31 kills in the match with 15 errors.
“We are still having some inconsistency with a setting right now,” Metil said. “As long as we work with our setters and get them to deliver a more solid ball outside, I think Saitaua and Victoria and [Dayane Van Ass] will be more successful.”
On the defensive front, junior Paige Sekerak led the team with 11 of the 34 digs. Junior Capri Tirrell also managed nine digs in the match.
Towson will come back home for Tuesday, when it hosts Coppin State in the first sporting event in SECU Arena at 7 p.m.
“We’ve been pushing hard to get people to come to the first sporting event at SECU Arena,” Metil said. “The girls are excited and if the crowd is supportive and we are playing well, it will be a good basis for the future.”