Sep 01, 2016
PRINCESS ANNE, Md. – Aleksandra Kazala had 11 kills to lead American to a 25-20, 25-20, 25-19 sweep of Maryland-Eastern Shore Thursday in the opening match of The Shore's Volleyball Classic volleyball tournament at UMES.
The Eagles improved to 3-2 overall on the season and handed the Hawks their first loss in five matches. AU played fewer than five sets in a match for the first time in five matches this year.
Shannon Webb added nine kills, while Aleksandra Sochacka and Vela McBride finished with seven each. Kristin Largay led the AU defense with 14 digs and Kennedy Etheridge had 25 assists.
"I thought we played a really solid match on the road against a talented a UMES team," said AU head coach Barry Goldberg. "We served and passed very well and it gave us the advantage.
"I think we are improving our attacking, but we still have to do a better job looking around the court before hitting. Our defense has given us more opportunities to score points, especially our middles in this match tonight."
The Hawks finished with 10 team blocks in the match, but 48 team digs by the Eagles helped keep UMES off the scoreboard.
AU used a six-point run to take an 11-5 lead in the first set and never led by fewer than four points through the rest of the set.
UMES led 6-5 in the second before another six-point run put the Eagles ahead. The Hawks pulled within two points twice (15-13, 17-15), but American was able to preserve its lead through the remainder of the set.
AU fell behind 7-4 in the third set before the Eagles used another six-point run on Kazala's serve to take the lead. The streak included back-to-back aces by Kazala. The score was tied at 16-16 before American took control and got the victory.
The Eagles face Rider at 11 a.m. and Norfolk State at 3 p.m. in its final two matchups in the tournament. American returns home on Tuesday, Sept. 6 against Coppin State at 7 p.m. in its next matchup in Bender Arena.