Towson falls in straight sets to Hofstra
The Tigers were shutout this weekend, losing to both the Northeastern Huskies Friday and the Hofstra Pride Saturday, 3-0.
Towson (6-19, 0-7 Colonial Athletic Association) was unable to pick up its first conference win of the season, as the young team continued to struggle with errors.
Against Hofstra (13-9, 4-3 CAA), Towson committed 21 errors, compared to 11 by Hofstra.
Hofstra quickly gained the momentum in the first set after a 25-9 win. The Pride then beat the Tigers 25-17 in the second set before sealing the match victory with a 25-20 win in the third set.
It was the second time that Towson lost to Hofstra this season.
Junior Saitaua Iosia performed well for Towson, leading the Tigers with 10 kills in the match. Sophomore Haley Pa’akaula added nine kills and junior Aimee Schubert led the team with 13 assists.
However, the Tiger offense was unable to turn in a consistent performance.
“We’ve really been trying to work on consistency lately,” Head Coach Don Metil said. “We keep putting ourselves in the position to win the last couple games, but we make errors at the worst possible times and end up losing down the stretch. It’s time to start earning these wins and finishing down the stretch of these games.
Friday’s 3-0 loss against Northeastern (14-7, 6-1 CAA) was closer than the score indicated. The Tigers only lost each set by five or less, but the team could not get a consistent offensive flow going.
Freshman Lindsay Flaherty and junior Victoria Williams led the offense with nine kills each, but the Tigers struggled to find more contributions offensively.
The Tigers attempted to get on the scoreboard in the third set when they tied the set at 25 on a service error by Northeastern before taking a 27-26 lead on an attacking error.
But Northeastern rallied off three straight points in the set to take a 29-27 set win and giving the Huskies the 3-0 win. Despite remaining winless in the conference, Metil believes that his team is
still in the race to make the CAA Tournament.
“We’re still trying to make the tournament,” said Metil. “If we can pull out around five conference wins, we could still sneak into that sixth spot in the tournament. We’re going to need some key road and definitely need to win these games at home. I think there’s a lot of winnable home games for us coming down the stretch.”
The Tigers will try to get back on track on Tuesday, as they travel to Annapolis, Md. to play the Navy Midshipmen (8-10).
The game will start at 7 p.m.