University of Delaware Volleyball Team Drops Second Straight Home Match With 3-0 Loss To Hofstra
NEWARK, Del. -- Kelsie Wills recorded 14 kills while Emily Burke added 12 as the Hofstra University volleyball team posted a three-set victory (25-23, 25-19, 25-22) over the University of Delaware Saturday night at the Bob Carpenter Center.
The Pride won their second consecutive match while improving to 12-6 overall and 3-1 in the Colonial Athletic Association. The Blue Hens, who dropped their second straight following its conference opening victory at Towson, fell to 9-8 overall and 1-2 in the league.
Kaitlyn Krause and Hannah Klemm combined for 37 assists for the Pride, which hit .243 for the match and recorded 12 blocks.
Blue Hen sophomore Katie Hillman led the Blue Hens with 14 kills and while committing just three attack errors as she hit an impressive .407 on the night. Mackenzie Olsen handed out 31 assists for Delaware, Jill Meyers made a team-high seven blocks, and Ariel Shonk had 10 digs.
“We were better tonight than on Friday, but we had no answers with our outside hitting,” said Blue Hen head coach Bonnie Kenny. “We need to practice our serving and passing, because our offense was pretty non-existent and we won’t win many matches hitting like that. I thought we did a better job of handling Burke in the third set, but we need to get our offense going, and that starts with passing.”
Delaware led by as many as four points in the opening set, and was still up 22-21 following a block by Hillman and Chandler Bryant. However the Pride then won four of the next five points to take the set. The teams were then knotted at 17-17 in the second frame, before Hofstra went on a five-point run and eventually won the set by six.
The Pride also led by a slim 19-17 margin the third set, before taking five straight points. Delaware battled back with five consecutive points of its own, before Wills posted a kill to end the match.
• Hofstra snapped a five-matching losing streak to UD in Newark
• Delaware has lost consecutive matches for just the second time this season
• The Blue Hens hit just .111 on the night
• Hofstra held a 12-9 block advantage
• Hillman reached double figures in kills for the 13th time in the last 15 matches
• Delaware is back in action on Friday with a 7 p.m. match at William & Mary