Fourth-seeded Hofstra Upsets Top-Seeded Towson in CAA Semifinals
TOWSON, Md. (November 17, 2012) - Fourth-seeded Hofstra rallied from a 2-1 deficit to upset top-seeded Towson 3-2 in the second CAA Volleyball Championship semifinal match Friday night. The Pride will face second-seeded Delaware in tomorrow's CAA Championship match at 5:00 p.m.
Hofstra (20-13, 6-6 CAA) was led by sophomore outside hitter Kelsie Wills who tallied 20 kills and six digs, while senior setter Catalina Charry added 25 assists. Towson (25-4, 12-0 CAA) junior outside hitter Katy Buck recorded a double-double with 13 kills and 13 digs, while senior setter Aubrey Kirven had a match-high 39 assists.
The first set featured four ties and two lead changes as both teams battled early to gain the early upper hand in the match. After building an 18-14 lead, Towson finished the set on a 7-0 run to pick up a 25-18 set victory, and take a 1-0 lead in the match. Kirven finished with ten assists in the opening frame.
Hofstra bounced back from its first set loss and took complete control of the second set. After falling behind 2-0, the Pride went on an 8-2 run to force a Towson timeout with the score at 10-2. The Pride didn't let up the offensive intensity, and went on a 5-0 run, and after a quick Towson point, went on a 10-0 run to take a 24-5 lead late in the set. Following two Tiger points, the Pride closed out the set and sealed its 25-7 victory and tied the match at 1-1 heading into the break. Wills had seven kills in the second frame while senior libero Kylee Maneja added seven digs.
Towson would use the third set to counter with an offensive display of its own by accumulating an attack clip of .474 in the set, and holding a 10-5 advantage in kills. The Tigers went on two 9-0 runs during the set, and cruised to a 25-6 victory, while taking a 2-1 lead in the match. Senior opposite Marta Machos led the Tigers with five kills in the frame.
The fourth set was the closest of all the sets, featuring five ties and three lead changes. With the score at 11-10 in favor of Towson, Hofstra would counter with a 6-0 run to build up a 16-11 lead. Hofstra would hold the lead for the rest of the set, and after fighting off a late Towson rally, tied the match at 2-2 with a 25-20 set win and force the decisive fifth-frame. Wills finished with six kills in the fourth frame while the pride hit .343, their best hitting percentage of the set.
Hofstra would use the momentum from the fourth set victory to jump out to a 7-4 advantage in the middle of the final frame. Towson would fight back with a 3-0 run and make the score 10-9 in favor of the Pride. However, that's as close as the Tigers would come, as Hofstra would end the game on a 5-2 run and win the final set 15-10, and the match 3-2.The Pride snapped an 18-match winning streak for Towson, and increased their own winning streak to six matches dating back to the regular season. Hofstra will be appearing in its fourth CAA Championship game and will be looking to win its first CAA title since 2006.