Newark, DE – Senior right side Taylor Moore continued her strong play as of late as she led Hofstra with 13 kills, but it was not enough as Delaware earned a four-set win over Hofstra on Friday evening at Viera Court.
Senior middle blocker Erika Charry added 12 kills, five blocks and four digs for Hofstra, which fell to 13-15 overall and 4-7 in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play with the loss. Delaware improves to 15-12 and 8-3 in conference action with the victory.
Hofstra had eight more kills than the Blue Hens (49-41), but Delaware outhit the Pride in the attack percentage category, .210 to .066.
In the first set, Delaware scored six of the final eight points in the stanza after the Pride had cut the deficit to one at 19-18 following a kill from Moore.
The Blue Hens pushed their lead to two sets to none with a dominating 25-14 win in the second stanza. Delaware held Hofstra to a negative .029 hitting percentage in the set en route to the 11-point victory.
Hofstra would finally get on the board in the third set as they rallied from a late 21-19 deficit to eventually earn a 25-23 win. Kills from Moore and senior middle blocker Anissa Whitney tied the score at 21, and Moore would give Hofstra the lead for good late before an attack error by Delaware allowed the Pride to push the match to a fourth set.
Hofstra tied the fourth set at 18 after a kill from junior setter Catalina Charry, but the Pride was unable to get over the hump at that point as Delaware took complete control with a 6-0 run to lead 24-18. After two straight points from the Pride to make the score 24-20, a kill from Chelsea Lawrence ended the match and gave the Blue Hens the win.
Junior libero Kylee Maneja posted a match-high 17 digs in the contest, while C. Charry had 42 assists and nine digs.
Alissa Alker had 17 kills and 12 digs to lead Delaware, while Renee Tomko chipped in with 38 assists and 10 digs.
Hofstra returns to action tomorrow when it travels to Towson for a 7 p.m. match.