Hempstead, NY – Junior outside hitter Kelsie Wills had a match-high 15 kills and sophomore setter Kaitlyn Krause added a match-high 26 assists to lead the Hofstra Volleyball team to a dominating three-set sweep of Towson on Sunday afternoon at the Mack Physical Education Center.
Hofstra won by set scores of 25-9, 25-17 and 25-20.
Hofstra ended a short three-match losing skid with the victory as the Pride improved to 13-9 overall and 4-3 in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) play. Towson fell to 6-19 and 0-7 with the loss.
This win, combined with a five-set win by Hofstra over Towson on October 4, marks the Pride’s first regular season sweep of Towson since the 2009 campaign.
Junior right side Nuria Lopes da Silva added 10 kills and five blocks for Hofstra.
Hofstra would dominate in all facets in the first set as the Pride scored the final ten points of the stanza on their way to a 25-9 victory. Lopes da Silva got the set-closing run started with a kill and the Pride ended the first stanza with a kill from Wills and an attack error by the Tigers. The offense was clicking on all cylinders as Hofstra hit at a .750 clip with 13 kills on 16 attempts and just one error, while holding Towson to a negative .036 hitting percentage.
The solid start to the match would continue into the second set for Hofstra as the Pride scored seven of the first eight points in the stanza to take an early 7-1 advantage, forcing a Towson timeout. The Tigers would battle back and get to within three on multiple occasions, including the last time at 13-10, before Hofstra scored three straight to take a commanding 16-10 lead following a kill from Wills. With the score 20-15 in favor of Hofstra late in the second stanza, Hofstra ended the set with a quick 5-2 run to earn a 25-17 win.
Hofstra would finish off the sweep with a five-point win in the third set as the Pride used a 7-3 run to turn an 8-6 lead into a 15-10 advantage after a kill from Lopes da Silva. After Towson closed to within three at 15-12, Hofstra scored four straight points to open up a 19-12 lead en route to the 25-20 win.
Towson was led by Saitaua Iosia and Haley Pa’akaula with 10 and nine kills, respectively. Aimee Schubert led the Tigers with 13 assists.
Hofstra is back in action on Tuesday for its final non-conference match of the season as the Pride will head to Sacred Heart for a 7 p.m. match. Hofstra returns to CAA play next Friday when it hosts Northeastern at 7 p.m.