University of Delaware Volleyball Falls at Northeastern, 3-1, in Colonial Athletic Association Action
BOSTON, Mass. -- After dropping the opening two sets the Blue Hens captured the third game, but the University of Delaware volleyball team could not complete the comeback and dropped a 3-1 verdict to Northeastern Sunday afternoon at Solomon Court.
The Huskies, who improved to 14-7 overall and 6-1 in the Colonial Athletic Association, won by game scores of 25-10, 25-16, 21-25, 25-18. Delaware, which was looking to complete a weekend sweep of the northern schools following Friday’s 3-2 win at Hofstra, slipped to 11-10 overall and 3-4 in league play.
The Blue Hens were led by redshirt sophomore Chandler Bryant, who recorded a team-high 11 kills and paced Delaware with a .292 hitting percentage. Sophomore Katie Hillman added 10 kills on the afternoon, while Katie Hank and Jill Meyers each contributed seven.
Freshman Kali Funk, making her second consecutive start at the setter position, handed out 31 assists for the second straight match while making a career-high 12 digs to post a double-double. Ariel Shonk posted a team-high 21 digs for the Blue Hens, while Autumn Jenkins chipped in with eight.
Kelly Bacon paced the Huskies with 23 kills during the afternoon, while Jamie Bredahl added 13 while not making an attack error as she hit .591 during the contest.
Northeastern took the first four points of the opening set, and closed the frame with a 13-2 run to easily take a one-set lead. The Blue Hens were down just 12-11 midway through the second game, but again the Huskies pulled away with a 13-5 spurt to go up two sets.
The teams were knotted at 18-18 during the third set, but Delaware took the next three points and eventually put the set away on a kill by Hank. However Northeastern jumped out to an 8-1 lead in the fourth set and was never really threatened from there.
“I was very disappointed in our start today,” Delaware head coach Bonnie Kenny commented. “Coming off a big win on Friday I was hoping we could build on it, but we cannot start any match by spotting a team two games before we decide to play. Our serve receive kept us out of system the entire match and we had no answer for CAA Player of the Year candidate Bacon.”
• The Huskies won their seventh consecutive match
• Northeastern posted its second 3-1 win over UD this season
• Bryant reached double figures in kills for third time in four contests
• Hillman has posted double digs kills in six consecutive matches
• Shonk recorded her fourth consecutive match of at least 20 digs
• The Blue Hens are back home Friday to host James Madison at 7 p.m.