AU Pushes 7th-Ranked Washington to Five Sets in Loss

AU Pushes 7th-Ranked Washington to Five Sets in Loss

WASHINGTONAleksandra Kazala had 17 kills and 17 digs to lead three Eagles in double-figure kills, and 7th-ranked Washington needed a fifth set to defeat American University in the Bender Blue Out volleyball match on Sunday.

The Huskies won the first set 25-17, with the Eagles taking the next two 25-19 and 25-17. Washington rallied to win the final two, 25-13 and 15-10.
 
The Eagles fell to 2-2 overall on the season, with all four matches going a full five sets. Each of AU's losses thus far have come to teams that were in the NCAA Tournament last season – Washington and MEAC champion Howard.
 
Shannon Webb and Vela McBride each finished with 11 kills for American, which got 17 digs from Kristen Largay. Setter Kennedy Etheridge also had a double-double with 39 assists and 13 digs.
 
Loren McKenzie had six blocks to lead the Eagles' net defense.
 
Courtney Schwan had 21 kills and 14 digs for the Huskies, while Tia Scambray (19k-18d) and Crissy Jones (17k-19d) also had double-doubles.
 
Washington had an astounding 82 digs over the five sets, doing a good job of defending the Eagle offense.
 
Washington ran out to leads of 6-1, 8-2 and 9-3 in the opening set, but the Eagles rallied to come within 10-7. The Huskies' lead was between four and seven the remainder of the set, as Schwan and Scambray each finished with six kills.
 
Webb finished with three kills in the first set for the Eagles, as Washington hit .441 in the opening stanza, converting 19 kills.
 
Five straight ties brought the teams to 11-11 in the second set when the Eagles went on a six-point run. Washington came within 17-14, but AU was able to close the second-set win on a kill from McBride.
 
Webb had four of AU's 13 kills in Set 2, with Kazala and Aleksandra Sochacka adding three each.
 
American gained control of the third set early, going up 5-3, 8-4 and 9-5 in the early going. AU kept the Huskies from making any serious run, maintaining the lead between four and seven through the rest of the third set.
 
Kazala took over in the third set, getting five kills, with McBride adding four.
 
The Huskies got six kills from Jones to win the fourth set, despite seven from AU's Kazala.
 
There were six ties in the fourth set, with the last at 16-16. The Huskies scored three straight and held on for the win. AU came back within one point four times down the stretch, but couldn't get even.
 
AU took leads of 6-1 and 7-2 in the final set, but Schwan and Chrissy Jones took over offensively. The Huskies used an 8-1 run to go ahead 11-8 and extended the lead from there.
 
Schwan had five kills in the fifth set and Jones had four, with three of those coming in the final five points of the match.
 
American travels to the UMES Tournament in Princess Anne, Md., next Thursday and Friday before returning home on Sept. 6 against Coppin State.