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Costly attack errors hinder Volleyball at CAA No. 1 Towson University in Virginia

By Angelo Brussich (Sports Editor)

The Hofstra Pride volleyball team let costly attack errors mount up in their game against the Colonial Athletic Association-leading Towson Tigers; points that they could not afford to let slip away. The Pride accumulated 31 attack errors in the match compared to only eight by Towson, who rode the strong play of junior outside hitter Katy Buck to an easy 3-0 victory over Hofstra. “We hit a lot of balls out, 31 attacking errors in that game--which is really difficult, to stay in sets and be competitive like that.” said Hofstra head coach Kristina Hernandez. The Pride (14-12, 2-5 CAA) has now dropped three straight games, and as the season winds down finds itself on the outside looking in at the cut to make the CAA tournament. The Tigers controlled the entire match, not allowing Hofstra to gain much momentum or really put itself into contention in the match. Although Towson (20-3, 7-0 CAA) dominated most of the match, coach Hernandez saw it more as what the Pride couldn’t do, then what the Tigers did. “I don’t think anything that Towson was doing was necessarily the issue, I think that we were just making a lot of unforced errors,” said Hernandez. “Towson didn’t get as many kills as they usually do, I think we were playing some pretty good defense, but again offensively we weren’t scoring points.” Hofstra was able to remain in the first set early, but the Tigers hit at a solid 0.231 hitting percentage to take the set. After being tied 9-9, Towson would control the rest of the set and come away with a 25-15 victory. Set two was similar to the first in that Hofstra was able to keep it close early, but Towson pulled away in the middle part of the set to take the 25-17 set win. “A lot of the balls were just balls that we weren’t doing a very good job of keeping in play,” said Hernandez. “That’s something that we don’t really do.” The third and final set was all Towson, as the Tigers hit at a dominant 0.533 hitting percentsage while holding the Pride to a negative 0.192 clip. With the set tied 7-7, the Tigers would go on a 17-4 run to close out the match with a 25-11 set three victory.

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