Dover, Del. (Oct. 6, 2019) --- Ryanne Burnett had a career-best 21 kills and Delaware State tied a season high with 13 aces to highlight a 3-1 MEAC victory over Norfolk State in Memorial this afternoon. The Hornets won the first two sets, 25-23 and 25-10. Norfolk State stayed alive in a match with a 25-21 victory in the third set. DSU rebounded in the fourth set, winning 25-19 to seal the match win.
Burnett posted a .409 hitting percentage in tallying her 21 kills, committing just three errors on 44 attacks. Her previous career-high was 19 kills in the Hornets’ four set loss to Lafayette on Sep. 6.
Jordan Vang (fr.) and Jasmal Cruz (fr.) led Delaware State with four aces each. The Hornets’ 13 aces are tied for fourth best in the MEAC this season.
DSU setter Jelena Dukic (jr.) led all players with 50 assists, her third match with 50-or-more helpers this season. Dukic also contributed 10 digs to the win.
Cruz had a match-high 18 digs, while Vang had a career-best 18 kills for the Hornets.
Norfolk State started quickly in the match, opening up a 7-3 lead after a Delaware State error in the first set.
The Hornets rallied to take their first lead, 12-11, on a Norfolk State error. DSU opened up a 24-21 on a kill by Sydney Armbrister to tie its biggest advantage of the set.
In the second set, Delaware State recorded 12 kills and committed just one error on 25 attempts (.440). The Hornets scored seven consecutive points on two occasions in the set.
Norfolk State used a 10-2 run to take control in the third set. The Hornets scored five straight points after trailing 24-18 to make things interesting down the stretch.
Burnett had five kills in the fourth set to help the Hornets clinch the match.
Delaware State had 61 kills and 21 errors on 138 attacks for the .290 hitting percentage in the match.
The Hornets won for the second time in three matches to improve to 7-11 overall and 2-2 in the MEAC. Norfolk State fell to 0-13 and 0-4.
DSU is on the road for its next five contests, beginning with a visit to the Citadel on Oct. 13. The Hornets return home Oct. 25 to face Bethune-Cookman (6:00 p.m.).