WRITTEN BY ROBERT DEVITA
After a tough first day of competition where the Terriers went (0-2), they were able to bounce back on day two and earn their first victory of the season over Quinnipiac University.
The Terriers fought hard in day one of the Hofstra Invitational but fell a bit short in both of their matchups. The first match was against Hofstra University and the Terriers would fall in four sets, 3-1. The second match of the day was against Santa Clara University and the results were nearly identical for the Terriers as they lost all three sets.
Today they were able to bounce back and play an overall better brand of volleyball. Their first match of the day was against Lafayette College, who also went (0-2) on the first day of play.The match would go four sets and certainly did not lack excitement.Over the four sets there were a total of 19 tie scores and 10 lead changes. It was a back and forth affair from the opening serve, but Lafayette was able to get the better end of the Terriers when it was all said and done.
Lafayette would take the match three sets to one. Lafayette took the first set by a score of 25-20, the second set was won by the Terriers, 25-23 and the final two sets were won by Lafayette, 26-24 and 25-18.
Junior setter Kelly O’Halloran played solid in the matchup against Lafayette as she compiled a team high 36 assists and she also led the team in digs with 12. Freshman outside hitter Brooke Halisack led the team in kills with nine.
The Terriers would fight hard but fell a bit short in the first match of the day. Their hard work would payoff later on in the day when they took on Quinnipiac University in the final match of the day.
It was a clean sweep of three sets for the Terriers as they knocked off Quinnipiac University 25-22, 25-19 and 25-20. This is exactly what this team needed as they earned their first victory of the 2014 season. They needed to come out this weekend with at least one win to set the tone for the season. It has been well documented that this team has struggled in the past but, 2014 is a new year and this team looks ready to compete.
After falling short in their first three matches of the weekend it was crucial for this team to secure a victory and they were able to do that via a sweep in the fourth and final match. The Terriers got a great performance from middle hitter Leah Zitting who had 10 kills and 9 digs. Sophomore Domenique Gerard filled up the stat sheet is this match, she had a team high 11 kills, four digs and two services aces.
O’Halloran led the team once again with 32 assists as she was able to set up her teammates for high percentage scoring chances all day long. Junior middle hitter Maggie Niu was able to contribute early an often as well. She had eight kills, 10 digs and four service aces of her own.
Now that the Terriers have gotten their first win under their belt they must build off the success that they were able to achieve today and use that in their upcoming matchups. It is a long season and this team certainly expects to be much better than they were in years prior.
The Terriers are back in action on September 3rd, when they take on Iona College at 7 P.M. in their home opener. If the Terriers can play like they did in the match against Quinnipiac they should have more of the same results when they take on Iona.