Volleyball drops two straight matches, face Tribe on Friday
Published: Monday, October 7, 2013
Updated: Tuesday, October 8, 2013 12:10
After losing 3-1 Friday to Northeastern, the Delaware women’s volleyball team was shut out by Hofstra Saturday night at the Bob Carpenter Center.
Head coach Bonnie Kenny said even though the team lost, Saturday’s match was a decent performance.
“I thought we were a better team tonight than we were last night.” Kenny said. “We just had no answer in our outside hitting, and our hitters took the weekend off.”
Coming off a 3-0 victory at Towson on Sept. 27, the Lady Hens were trying to preserve their undefeated conference record.
Saturday’s first set was close, with Delaware tying the set ten different times. However, the Pride ultimately claimed the set, 25-23. The Lady Hens recorded fourteen kills during the set and led by many as four points.
The second set was back-and-forth between Delaware and Hofstra until the two teams tied at 17-17. At that point the Pride began to pull away, eventually winning the set 25-19.
Kenny said the team had to work together better.
“We have to be an all-around better team,” Kenny said. “We need to stop worrying about the individual effort and incorporate more energy into playing more as a team instead of just a specific role.”
The Lady Hens went to the locker room knowing they had to win the next set in order to stay alive.
Sophomore defensive specialist/libero Ariel Shonk said the team knew it had to push harder if it had any chance of winning.
“The passing was going well. We just needed to get our outside hitters more involved,” Shonk said. “We needed a sense of urgency. We needed to fight.”
The last set was a battle, with the score being tied at eight separate points. However, Hofstra looked as though it had the game won with a score of 19-17 and all the momentum in its favor.
Slowly, however, Delaware mounted a comeback, for with the score at 24-17, the Lady Hens scored four more points to get to 24-21 as the Pride’s defense broke down.
Hofstra then called a timeout in order to slow Delaware’s momentum. As the game resumed, the crowd of 504 was on its feet.