Volleyball: Tribe splits pair on the road to Huskies, Pride

Written by


November 1, 2010

11:14 PM

In what has turned out to be a subpar season for William and Mary (10-13, 4-7 CAA), the Tribe predictably split its weekend road trip with a 3-0 win against Hofstra Friday, followed by a 3-1 loss versus Northeastern Saturday.

“Against Hofstra, we played alright,” head Coach Melissa Shelton ’91 said. It’s nice to get a three game win since we haven’t gotten many this year.”

The College opened the weekend by racing out to a 12-6 advantage with a plethora of kills in the first set against the Pride. The lead soon vanished, as Hofstra tied the set at 16-16. A block from junior middle hitter Anne Dorff, who finished with a match-high six blocks paired with three kills, began an 8-2 Tribe run, and the squad closed out the set 25-18.

The Tribe continued to dominate, stretching its lead in the match to 2-0 with a second set win, 25-16.
The squad faced greater resistance in the third set, looking at an early 15-11 deficit. But the College persevered, stringing together a 12-3 run, which eventually saw it hold match-point at 24-21.

A pair of Pride kills and a ball-handling error tied the set at 24-24, pushing the period into extra points, before the Tribe was able to turn the momentum around and snag the final two points. A kill from senior hitter Erin Skipper, who led the Tribe with 14 kills on .407 attacking percentage, won the set 26-24, and the match 3-0.

Saturday, the injury-stricken College was unable to continue its success in Boston.

“Our lineup had some holes that [Northeastern] was able to exploit,” Shelton said.

The College began slowly, dropping the first set 25-13.

But then a revamped Tribe emerged in the second set, and with the help of four service aces from junior hitter Lindsay Kresch, tied the match at 1-1 with a 25-11 set win.

“I think we put together our best game all year in the second set at Northeastern,” Shelton said.

The College dropped each of the next two sets 25-20 and 25-21 to hand the match to the Huskies.

Despite the loss, the Tribe received strong efforts from its senior class. Senior setter Cassie Crumal notched a double-double with 35 assists on top of 11 digs. The College’s attack was led by fellow senior Skipper, who added to her impressive weekend output with 18 kills on a .457 attacking percentage.

These seniors’ efforts are merely a sliver of light in what has been a rough final season.

“It’s turned out to be a disappointing season,” Shelton said. “We have three games left so we’re just going to keep on chugging along.”

Share This Article

Related News

College, RBC unveil program aimed at helping low-income students transfer more easily
Power outage, Boutetourt Complex evacuation costs College $63,000
Publix to expand Virginia locations, move in on Monticello Avenue

About Author

Leave A Reply

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *