Hofstra sweeps Elon to keep pace in CAA standings
The Pride volleyball team followed up last week’s win with a blowout against Elon at the Schar Center on Sunday, Oct. 28, defeating Elon 3-0 to bring their record to 19-7 with their third consecutive victory. The win brings them to the No. 2 spot as they hold a 9-3 record in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA).
The Pride fought ferociously each set, fighting neck-to-neck with Elon the entire game. Junior Laura Masciullo came out strong and tallied a match-high of 12 kills, while freshman Aisha Skinner brought the heat with another 11 kills and 19 digs. This game was the third-straight win for Hofstra.
Set one started off as a challenge to the Pride as Elon scored first. Hofstra, however, fought harder, taking the lead and running with it, winning the stanza 25-20.
Set two left the fans on the edge of their seats as Hofstra and Elon battled on the court. Elon caught up to Hofstra’s 13-9 lead and continued to score back to back until Masciullo and Doris Bogoje scored to give Hofstra the win with a score of 25-23.
Coming back stronger than before, the Pride finished Elon off in the third set, scoring 25-17.
Aside from the contributions from Masciullo and Skinner, senior Nanishka Perez nearly had a double-double, notching 10 kills and nine digs, while Luisa Sydlik finished with 40 assists and six digs for the Pride. Hofstra finished the game with a high .429 hitting percentage in the final set and an overall percentage of .288. The Pride dominated in serving as well, finishing with six services aces in the game while holding Elon to none.
Masciullo’s match-high 12 kills brought her to the eighth spot on Hofstra’s all-time kill list with 1,187.
This game brought Hofstra’s all-time record against Elon to 9-1 while also marking their third three-match win streak this season. Big players for Elon were Leah Daniel with 11 kills and Kam Terry with 9 kills. Terry also had 15 digs and three blocks.
The Pride are back at home versus Charleston on Thursday, Nov. 1, at 7 p.m. in the David S. Mack Physical Education Center.
Photo courtesy of Cam Keough