Hempstead, NY – Junior outside hitter Kelsie Wills had a match-high 21 kills and sophomore setter Kaitlyn Krause added a match-high 30 assists, 13 digs, six kills and three blocks to lead the Hofstra Volleyball team to a five-set win over Northeastern on Friday evening at the Mack Physical Education Center.
Hofstra jumped out to an early two sets to none lead in the match before the Huskies rallied to send the contest to a decisive fifth set. Set scores were 25-21, 25-21, 18-25, 19-25 and 15-13 in favor of Hofstra.
Freshman setter Hannah Klemm had her first career double-double in the match as she contributed 23 assists and 11 digs. The double-double for Krause was her seventh of the season. She is second on the team to Wills (eight) in that category.
The win was Hofstra’s third straight and improves the Pride’s record to 15-9 overall and 5-3 in league play. Northeastern falls to 14-8 and 6-2 in Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) action.
It also marked Hofstra’s first win over Northeastern since a five-set victory over the Huskies on September 24, 2011.
It was a dominating match defensively for Hofstra as the Pride held the conference’s second-leading attacker, Northeastern’s Kelly Bacon, to a negative .189 hitting percentage with six kills on 37 attempts and 13 errors. Bacon came into the week ranked second in the CAA with 3.55 kills per set. She trails only Wills in that category.
The Pride’s strong defense allowed Hofstra to jump out to the early lead in the contest as Northeastern combined for 16 kills and 15 errors in the first two sets, while Hofstra nearly doubled that total with 31 kills.
Northeastern would rally in the third and fourth set, including having their best offensive showing in the fourth set when they hit at a .355 clip with 14 kills on 31 attempts and just three errors, to set up the exciting finish.
The fifth set saw Hofstra jump out to an 8-5 lead following a block from Krause and junior middle blocker Adama Aja. The Huskies would rally and use a 7-2 scoring run to lead 12-10 after a kill from Jamie Bredahl.
Hofstra would quickly score two straight to knot the score at 12 before a service error put the Huskies back in front.
The Pride tie the score at 13 on a kill from junior right side Nuria Lopes da Silva and then back-to-back attack errors from Northeastern would give Hofstra a 15-13 win and even their record in five-set matches at 2-2.
Lopes da Silva and junior outside hitter Emily Burke each had 12 kills for Hofstra, with Lopes da Silva and Aja posting team-highs of six blocks each.
Bredahl had a triple-double for Northeastern with 20 assists, 17 kills, 11 digs and six blocks. Nichole Kurz added eight kills and a match-high eight blocks. Natalia Skiba picked up 19 digs for the Huskies.
Hofstra returns to action on Friday, November 1 when it travels to James Madison for a 7 p.m. contest.