Hempstead, NY – Sophomore setter Kaitlyn Krause had an outstanding match with 27 assists, 15 digs and eight kills, while junior outside hitter Kelsie Wills posted a match-high 22 kills as the Hofstra Volleyball team rallied for a four-set victory over Princeton on Friday evening in play at the Hofstra Invitational.
The Pride earned the win with set scores of 21-25, 25-20, 25-16 and 25-20. The victory ended a short three-match win streak for Hofstra and improves the Pride’s record to 5-3 this season. Hofstra is now a perfect 5-0 at home in 2013. Princeton, which was led by Cara Mattaliano’s 12 kills, fell to 2-2 with the loss.
Junior outside hitter Emily Burke also had a strong match for the Pride with 12 kills, while Wills added eight digs and three blocks.
Princeton had a strong first set defensively as the Tigers forced Hofstra into a negative .083 hitting percentage with the Pride managing 11 kills on 48 attempts with 15 errors.
The contest would take a turn in the Pride’s favor after the first set, though, as Hofstra would commit just 14 errors the entire rest of the match as they won the final three sets.
Hofstra evened the match with a 25-20 win in the second stanza before a dominating performance in the third set allowed the Pride to take a 2-1 lead in the match. Hofstra had its strongest offensive display in the third set with 17 kills on 31 attempts and just five errors for a .387 attack percentage.
The Pride would put the final touches on four-set victory as they pulled away for a 25-20 win in the fourth and final set. Hofstra once again slammed down 17 kills en route to its sixth straight win at home dating back to last season.
Lauren Miller added 14 assists and six digs for the Tigers.
Hofstra has two matches on the schedule tomorrow as the Pride will host USC Upstate at 2 p.m. and Central Michigan at 7 p.m. to close play at the Hofstra Invitational.
In the first match of the tournament, Central Michigan defeated USC Upstate in straight sets.