Lewisburg, Pa. (Sep. 20, 2019) --- Jasmal Cruz (fr.) topped all players with 29 digs and fellow freshman Anadys Valentin recorded a match-high 18 kills to lead Delaware State to a 3-1 victory over Fairleigh Dickinson at the Bucknell Invitational today. Coupled with a 3-0 victory over Merrimack in their previous outing on Sep. 14, the Hornets have won back-to-back matches for the first time in seven years to improve to 4-9 this season. The last time DSU won two in a row was 2012, with   victories over St. Peter’s and Gardner-Webb. Also, in 13 matches this season, the Hornets have already doubled their win total from 2018 (2-27).  

In the Fairleigh Dickinson contest, the Hornets posted a solid 25-16 victory in the opening set. FDU bounced back to even the match with a 25-21 win in the second set.

Delaware State regained the match lead 2-1 with a 25-20 triumph in the third set and squeaked out a 25-23 victory in set four to seal the win.

Cruz was one dig shy of her career best in the contest. She tallied 30 digs in the Hornets 3-2 loss to St. Peter’s on Sep. 11.

DSU’s Ryanne Burnett (fr.) contributed 16 kills and 13 digs in the win to record her second career “double-double.”

Setter Jelena Dukic (jr.) had 52 assists and 17 digs, while Nia Scott (so.) came off the bench to tally 13 digs.

Delaware State will attempt to extend their streak in contests against Hampton and tournament host Bucknell on Saturday.

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