Hank, Brock Lead Blue Hen Volleyball To 3-0 Win at Towson in CAA Opener
TOWSON, Md. -- The University of Delaware volleyball team opened Colonial Athletic Association action Friday night at SECU Arena by recording a 3-0 victory at Towson, taking the match by set scores of 25-19, 25-21, 25-23.
The Blue Hens, who have now won nine of their last 12 matches, improved to 9-6 this season, while the Tigers fell to 5-13 and dropped their fifth straight.
Delaware senior Katie Hank posted a team-high 11 kills and made just two attack errors while hitting .409 for the match, while redshirt freshman Liz Brock added a career-best 10 kills as she hit .333 on the night.
Chandler Bryant contributed seven kills as she went over the 200-kill mark for her career, while Mackenzie Olsen handed out 37 assists. Ariel Shonk had 14 digs to pace the UD defensive effort, while Jill Meyers made three blocks.
Haley Pa’akaula led Towson with 11 kills while Paige Sekerak added a match-high 19 digs for Towson, which had its four-match winning streak over Delaware snapped.
Delaware led just 14-13 in the first set before taking the next six points, and after Towson closed to within 22-19, the Blue Hens won the final three points to put the set away.
UD trailed by as many as seven points in the second set, but stormed back with a six-point run to go ahead 19-18 on a Hank ace. After the Blue Hens led 23-21, Bryant recorded a kill before a Tigers’ attack error gave Delaware a two-set lead.
The Blue Hens were down 23-22 in the third stanza but a Brock block, a Pa’akaula attack error and a Brock kill ended the match.
“Katie Hank’s serving and hitting was great tonight!,” said Delaware head coach Bonnie Kenny. “She gave us the senior leadership we needed in the frontcourt, and Kori Reigel did a fabulous job passing short serves! Liz Brock came off the bench and did a great job getting us back in game two, and then carried it over in the third game. It’s nice to win here and start the CAA season off with a ‘W’!”
• UD is a season-best three matches over the .500 mark
• Delaware has opened its CAA season against Towson in each of the last four years
• Katie Hillman contributed six kills and six digs
• Hank reached double figure kills for the fourth straight match and the 10th time this year
• The Blue Hens hit .224 for the night while Towson hit just .189
• Delaware returns home next Friday to host Northeastern at 7 p.m.