Towson suffers sweep
Towson struggled in its two-game home stand over the weekend, falling to Hofstra, 3-2, Friday and losing to Northeastern, 3-0, Saturday on Alumnae Night in SECU Arena.
The Huskies (10-7, 3-1 Colonial Athletic Association) used quick starts in the first two sets to get past the Tigers (6-15, 0-3 CAA). Northeastern jumped out to a 9-4 lead in the first set and a 9-3 advantage in the second set.
Junior Saitaua Iosia had 10 kills in the match and freshman Stephanie Massanet picked up five more kills, coming off a career game against Hofstra.
Towson was never able to find a rhythm against Northeastern, losing each set by at least eight points (25-15, 25-17, 25-14).
The Tigers only committed 15 errors in the game, but were simply outplayed by the Huskies. Northeastern managed to play a clean game, with just 13 errors and only one service error, compared to Towson’s six service errors.
Head Coach Don Metil said Towson needs clean play and trust in one another in order to win games, but so far both things have yet to come together this season.
The toughest loss for Towson came against Hofstra, when it blew a 2-1 set lead to the Pride (12-6, 3-1 CAA).
The Tigers started the game taking the first set 25-14. Iosia had four of her team-high 14 kills in the set.
After losing the second set 25-21, Towson rallied to win the third set 25-18. Sophomore Haley Pa’akaula led the way in the set, with four kills.
But things fell apart for the Tigers in the fourth set, as the Pride were able to win 27-25 and then win the fifth and final set 15-5.
The Tigers hurt themselves with five errors in the fifth set, allowing the Pride to run win the game.
Despite the loss, Massanet had a breakout game for Towson with a career-high 13 kills while hitting .480.
“I’m excited for having the opportunity to play in the game against Hofstra,” Massanet said. “I’m proud of the job that I did in the game yesterday and trying to help the team win. I think this team can get far, but there are things we need to work on, such as play with more passion. That will help us go farther.”
It’s been a rough stretch for the Tigers, as they have now lost seven of their last eight games.
A growing pain for the Tigers this season has been its youth, with Dayane Van Ass being the lone senior on the team.
The team is still trying to find consistency through their setters, with juniors Casey Giovanazzi and Aimee Schubert and sophomore Kelsey Polak all rotating at the setter position.
The Tigers now go on a five-game road stretch, including rematches against Hofstra and Northeastern.
Towson’s next game is a conference rivalry against the James Madison Dukes (6-9, 1-1 CAA) Friday, Oct. 11 before playing at William & Mary (6-13, 1-2 CAA) Saturday, Oct 12.
The Tigers will look to get on track against the Dukes and the Tribe in search of their first conference win. Friday and Saturday’s matches are both set for 7 p.m.