Tigers fall to Seahawks in season finale
Towson ended the season by losing two games at home 3-2 to the College of Charleston Cougars and 3-1 to the University of North Carolina Wilmington Seahawks.
After the loss against the Cougars, the Tigers fell in their last game of the season to the Seahawks (19-9, 8-6 CAA) on Sunday.
Towson came out with the momentum it had against the Cougars, winning the first set 25-18.
But after that, the Tigers were plagued by errors, committing 21 en route to losing the last three sets.
The errors kept the Tigers’ offense from gaining any type of momentum and the Seahawks were able to run away with the game.
Junior Saitaua Iosia had 14 kills in the game and junior Victoria Williams had 13 kills.
Senior Dayane Van Ass had 10 kills and one dig in her last game for the Tigers.
However, the Tiger’s (10-24, 2-12 CAA) loss to the Cougars (22-5, 12-1 CAA) was one of the closest games Towson had played in all season.
After losing the first set to the Cougars, the Tigers came back to win the next two sets and had the chance to seal the deal in the third set against the best team in the conference.
But the Cougars were able to battle back and won the fourth set 25-20 to force a fifth set.
The fifth set went back and forth, but after being up 9-8, the Cougars were able to string together three straight kills from senior Darcy Dorton to force a 12-8 lead.
The Tigers still battled from there, putting up three straight points of their own to tie it at 12-12, but the Cougars proved to be much, scoring three straight points once again to win 15-12 and taking
Head Coach Don Metil said he still has a lot of pride in his team even after the tough loss.
“We showed a lot of positives out there and played well off of our momentum,” Metil. “We made some good choices out there, but we could have made some better ones. The Cougars’ coach has been there for 13 years and has put together a solid program. So for us to go out there after only being all together for a year as a team and sticking with the top team in the conference is an impressive feat.”
Van Ass and Iosia were the top offensive players in the game for Tigers, with 17 kills each.
Dorton of the Cougars was the offensive player of the game though, with 26 kills.
The Tigers struggled this season, but Metil said there were a number of positive takeaways from the season.
“We had a lot of young kids embrace roles that they never played before and really stepped up for us this season,” he said. “One of those players was Haley [Pa’akaula] who transitioned real well.
Paige [Sekerak] had an amazing season as well. I’m real proud of these young girls.”
Metil also said the team is going to start preparing for next season right away.
“We’re going to work on our blocking and decision making, and also work on teaching the girls how to see the game better,” he said. “Our staff is going to recruit heavily, already having signed two
girls for next year, but we’re going to go after two more girls to be ready for next year.”
Towson will return 17 players from this year’s roster.