Hempstead, NY – The Hofstra Volleyball team will head to the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) Championship this week with a ton of momentum as the Pride enter the conference tournament riding a four-match win streak that eventually earned Hofstra the No. 4 seed in the tournament.
Hofstra (18-13, 6-6 CAA) finished the regular season with wins over Georgia State, UNC Wilmington, George Mason and James Madison to push the win streak to four matches, the second longest of the season for the Pride. Hofstra started the 2012 campaign with eight straight wins.
The CAA Championship will take place at the Towson Center Arena on the campus of Towson University. The Tigers earned the regular season title with a perfect 12-0 conference mark.
By virtue of its strong finish to the regular season Hofstra will take on fifth seeded-William & Mary on Friday in the quarterfinals at 7 p.m. The winner of that match will move on to the semifinals to take on the host Tigers at 7 p.m. on Saturday. The CAA Championship match is scheduled for 5 p.m. on Sunday.
Offensively, Hofstra has been led this season by the trio of sophomore outside hitter Kelsie Wills, senior right side Nikki Kinnier and sophomore outside hitter Emily Burke. Wills leads Hofstra in kills (513) and kills per set (4.42), while ranking third in digs (248), second in service aces (33) and fourth in blocks (64). Kinnier is second on the team with 297 kills and ranks third with 81 blocks. Burke competes the trio as she is third on the team with 201 kills.
On the defensive end, senior libero Kylee Maneja has been a rock all season as she leads Hofstra with 481 digs and has also compiled 23 service aces.
Senior setter Catalina Charry has been consistent all season for the Pride from the “quarterback” position as she has totaled 1,001 assists for an average of 8.63 per set. Charry is also second on the team with 250 digs and leads the way with 36 service aces. In addition, she has chipped in with 136 kills, ranking fourth on the team in that category.
The group of Kinnier, Maneja and Charry are all leaving their mark in career categories at Hofstra as well. Maneja is the program’s all-time leader in digs with 1,986, leaving her just 14 shy of the 2,000-dig plateau. Kinnier recently became the 13th player in program history to reach 1,000 career kills and she now has 1,147 to rank eighth all-time. In just two seasons in a Pride uniform, Charry has amassed 2,215 career assists and is seventh all-time in program history.
William & Mary compiled a 13-13 overall record and a 5-7 CAA mark this season to finish as the fifth seed.
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