NEWARK, Del. – The University of Delaware volleyball team took the second set to pull even, but Hofstra won the next two as the Pride posted a four-set victory over the Blue Hens Sunday afternoon at the Bob Carpenter Center.

Hofstra, which improved to 11-7 overall and 3-1 in the Colonial Athletic Association, captured the match by set scores of 25-12, 19-25, 25-15, 25-15. The Blue Hens dropped their third straight match while falling to 3-11 overall and 1-3 in conference play.

Maria Bellinger (left) paced the UD attack with 15 kills, while Daria Robinson added nine and Corey Perkins contributed five. Courtnie Roberts (below) and Abby Skryd each handed out 14 assists, while Maddie Judge made a match-high 13 digs and Kori Rasmussen chipped in with 10 of her own.

Michela Rucli and Ivania Ortiz each paced Hofstra with 12 kills, while Luisa Sydlik dished out 39 assists.

Hofstra dominated the first set but Delaware rallied back in the second, winning seven of the final nine points to even the contest at a set apiece. However the Pride led for nearly the entire third set and never trailed in the fourth to seal the victory.

HEAD COACH SARA MATTHEWS
"We had some really bright moments this afternoon where we played hard, were scrappy, and executed our game plan. We just couldn't maintain that for the duration of the match. We are going to continue working on the same things that will make us better and continue to make progress."

HEN SCRATCHINGS
• Robinson’s nine kills are her second highest total of the year, giving her 400 for her career
• Rasmussen reached double figure digs for the first time since the season opener
• Bellinger has notched double figure kills in all but two matches this year
• Hofstra held a 13-1 advantage in service aces and a 10-4 edge in blocks
• The Pride has won eight of the last 10 matches vs. the Blue Hens

UPCOMING SCHEDULE
Delaware at *UNCW – Friday, October 6 (7 p.m.)
Delaware at *Charleston – Sunday, October 8 (1 p.m.)
Delaware vs. *Towson – Wednesday, October 11 (6:30 p.m.)

MEDIA CONTACT: Kevin Tritt | ktritt@udel.edu | Office: 302-831-8715 | Cell: 302-383-5005