Newark, DE – Junior outside hitter Emily Burke notched 12 kills, four digs and three blocks and fellow junior outside hitter Kelsie Wills added a match-high 14 kills and nine digs as the duo led the Hofstra Volleyball team to a dominating three-set win over Delaware on Saturday evening at the Bob Carpenter Center.
The win improves the Pride’s record to 12-6 overall and 3-1 in conference play. Delaware falls to 9-8 and 1-2 in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) action.
Hofstra won by set scores of 25-23, 25-19 and 25-22. The win was Hofstra’ second straight over the Blue Hens as the Pride defeated Delaware in the CAA Championship Match last season to earn the conference’s automatic berth to the NCAA Tournament.
In the first set, Hofstra trailed 17-15 before using a quick 5-2 run to take a 20-19 lead following a kill from junior right side Nuria Lopes da Silva. Hofstra would once again trail, this time at 22-21, before Lopes da Silva started a 4-1 run to close the set and give Hofstra the early lead in the match. Wills ended the set to give the Pride the narrow two-point victory.
In the second stanza, a kill from Chandler Bryant gave the Blue Hens a 16-15 lead midway through the set but Hofstra once again rallied and used a 9-1 run to take a commanding 24-17 lead as Burke put the finishing touches on the set with a kill.
Looking to sweep Delaware for the first time since October 2, 2011, Hofstra broke open a tight third set with a 5-1 run to take an 18-14 lead following a kill from sophomore setter Kaitlyn Krause. That proved to create enough breathing room for the Pride as they would go on to capture the third set by the score of 25-22 and win the match in three.
Senior outside Jovana Barisic posted seven kills and seven blocks for Hofstra, which totaled 12 blocks to Delaware’s nine. Krause finished with 19 assists and eight digs, while freshman libero Sophia Black notched 10 digs in the match.
Delaware was led by Katie Hillman with 14 kills, five blocks and four digs. Mackenzie Olsen added 31 assists, five digs and three blocks for the Blue Hens.
Hofstra returns to action on Tuesday, October 8 when it travels to Seton Hall for a 7 p.m. non-conference match against the Pirates. The Pride will return to CAA play on Saturday, October 12 when it travels to Northeastern for a 4 p.m. match.