Towson, MD – Junior outside hitter Kelsie Wills had a match-high 22 kills and added 11 digs and five blocks to lead the Hofstra Volleyball team to a come-from-behind five-set win over Towson on Friday afternoon at SECU Arena.
It was Wills’ team-leading sixth double-double of the season.
Set scores were 14-25, 25-21, 18-25, 27-25 and 15-5 in favor of the Pride, which trailed twice in the match.
The win improves Hofstra’s record to 11-6 overall and 2-1 in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play. Towson falls to 6-14 and 0-2 in league action.
With her 22 kills in the match, Wills went over the 1,200-kill plateau at Hofstra. She becomes just the seventh player in program history to do so. She now has 1,221 kills in her two-plus seasons in a Pride uniform.
It marked Hofstra’s second straight five-set match.
Hofstra jumped out to a quick 4-0 lead in the first set as two kills from Burke helped the Pride out to an early advantage. Towson didn’t take long to fight back and knotted the score at five on a kill from Saitaua Iosia. A tight early portion of the first stanza would still see Hofstra lead 9-7 before the Tigers put together an 8-2 run to give Towson a 15-11 lead. The lead for the Tigers would be three, 16-13, before Towson took a commanding eight-point lead courtesy of a 5-0 scoring to en route to the 25-14 victory.
The second set went down to the wire as Hofstra trailed 20-18 before rallying late. Burke was big again as she started kick-started a 5-0 run that gave the Pride a 23-20 lead following a kill from Wills. The Tigers would close to within 23-21 before a Towson service error followed by another kill from Wills ended the set and evened the match at one set apiece with a 25-21 Hofstra win.
Towson once again rallied in the third set as the Tigers trailed 8-3 after a service ace from freshman setter Hannah Klemm but quickly recovered to even the score at eight. The Tigers would break a nine-all tie with a 5-1 run to lead 14-10 after a kill from Stephanie Massanet. Hofstra would only get as close as two the rest of the way as Towson pulled away for a 25-18 victory.
Hofstra would need a win in the fourth set to push the match to the distance and the Pride would score three straight late to lead 23-22 and force Towson into a time out. The two teams would go back and forth with the Tigers scoring two straight points to even the score at 24, and after the set was tied at 25, kills from Lopes da Silva and Burke gave Hofstra the win and sent the match to a final set.
The Pride left no doubt in the final set as they raced out to a 7-2 lead and never looked back in earning the 15-5 win. It marked Hofstra’s second straight win over Towson in five sets as the two squads met in the semifinals of the conference tournament last season with the same outcome occurring.
Sophomore setter Kaitlyn Krause added 27 assists, seven digs, four blocks and three services aces for the Pride, while Klemm chipped in with 18 assists.
Iosia led Towson with 14 kills, while Massanet had 13 kills and a .480 hitting percentage. Iosia notched a double-double with 11 digs.
Hofstra returns to action tomorrow when it travels to Delaware for a 7 p.m. contest.