Towson completes shutout
The Tigers kicked off the season by winning all three sets against the UMass-Lowell River Hawks on Friday night.
Towson (1-0) started things off with an even matchup in the first set, as it lead 12-11, until three consecutive kills from sophomore middle blocker Candace Steadman gave the Tigers a 14-12 lead.
Towson had an 19-14 lead and went on to score seven straight points to win the first set 25-14.
UMass Lowell didn’t help their cause during the Tigers’ big run, as six of those seven points came off of attacking errors by the River Hawks.
The second set started off the same way as the first, as the teams kept even, until a six-point run allowed the Tigers to take a 14-8 lead.
The Tigers then went on to make another big run, which involved kills from junior outside hitter Haley Pa’akaula and senior opposite Victoria Williams.The run allowed the team to take a 23-12 lead and a kill later on from senior defensive specialist Paige Sekerak gave the Tigers the set win with a kill.
Towson came into the third set with a 2-0 lead, continuing to control the whole set.
Towson’s largest lead of the third set was 21-8, which came off a service error from UMass Lowell.
An attack error from the River Hawks allowed the Tigers to grab a 25-12 set win and a 3-0 shutout.
It was a great way to start the season for the Tigers, as a lot of the players filled up the stat sheets and performed well. Senior outside hitter Saitaua Iosia finished with nine kills, which backed up her preseason All-CAA Honorable Mention honors for this season.
Pa’akaula and Williams also played well, with 10 kills each. Pa’akaula also had 10 digs and proved to be very valuable for Towson in the game. The Tigers started things off in the right direction, winning their first game of the season, which is something the team failed to do last year.
Towson started off last season with three straight losses, due to the team’s youth and inexperience.The Tigers had most of its starting lineup return from last season and that experience could prove important throughout the season.