Dover, Del. (Nov. 3, 2017) --- The Delaware State volleyball team had a season-best hitting percentage, but it was not enough in a 3-1 MEAC North loss to Coppin State in Memorial Hall Friday evening. The Eagles won the first two sets, 26-24 and 25-21, before the Hornets stayed alive in the contest with a 25-18 victory in set three. Coppin State took the fourth set 25-22 to clinch the match. Coppin State’s Asia Stennis led all players with 21 kills, while teammate Dominique Madarang had a match-high 44 assists. Glorines Rosado led three Eagles in double-figures with 17 digs.
Sabina Szmajduch had a team-high 14 kills for Delaware State. Freshmen Kiera Holtzclaw and Mayah Mgundam contributed 10 kills each for the Hornets. Gabriella Enriquez recorded 38 assists, while DSU’s Alliyah McBean led all players with 21 digs in the match.
The Hornets had 46 kills and just 17 errors on 123 attacks for a season-high .236 hitting percentage in the contest. However, Coppin State posted a .246 percentage, tallying 55 kills and 21 errors on 138 attempts.
In the first set, Delaware State led by as many as seven points before the Eagles stormed back. The Hornets led 24-23 but surrendered the last three points to drop the set.
Coppin State led from start to finish in the second set. Delaware State trailed 22-14 before scoring six of the next seven points to pull to within three (23-20), but could get no closer in the set.
Delaware State dominated the third set, recording 16 kills and posting a .448 attack percentage. The Hornets led by as many as nine points in the set.
The Eagles bounced back in set four, scoring the first eight points to seize control. Coppin State led 20-10 before Delaware State rallied with a 12-3 run to pull to within a point (23-22). The Eagles scored the last two points, and clinched the set and match on a kill by Stennis.
The Hornets fell to 3-22 and 3-6 in the MEAC North, while Coppin State improved to 4-23 and 4-6. The Eagles also avenged a 3-1 loss to Delaware State on Oct. 18 in Baltimore, Md.
The Hornets will be back in action with a 3 p.m. Sunday (Nov. 5) match against Morgan State in Memorial Hall.