Oct. 25, 2005
WASHINGTON - Capitalizing on opponent errors and utilizing strong serving and hitting, the American University women's volleyball team trounced Howard University, 3-0 Tuesday night in Bender Arena. The match was never close as the Eagles (18-8, PL 9-1) closed out the Bison (5-18) 30-18, 30-10 and 30-13.
The Eagles fell behind early in game one, but rebounded with strong serving and hitting to win, 30-18. Howard had difficulty setting up their own attack and receiving Rubena Sukaj (Tirana, Albania/Asim Vokshi) and Christina Nash's (Princeton, Fla./Coral Reef) serves as they each had three aces apiece.
The next game was no different as the Eagles rode a .440 hitting percentage and five more service aces as they closed the stanza on 16-2 run to end the game at 30-10.
After the intermission, the teams traded points up to 8-8 when AU took a lead it would not relinquish. Elizabeth Maloney's (Toronto, Ontario/Richview C.I.) serves gave the Lady Bison fits in the final stretch, finishing off the local visitors, 30-13. The Eagles tallied eight aces in the final game and Chelsa Brooks (Hilliard, Ohio/Hilliard Darby) smashed five of six attacks for kills.
Led by Maloney's career-high eight, the Eagles notched their highest service ace total of the year with 19, six shy of a school record. In contrast to the Eagles' .387 team hitting percentage, the visiting squad combined for a -.046 average on the match. Brooks had one of her best offensive matches of the year with 11 kills for a .529 percentage.
AU travels to Pennsylvania this weekend as it competes to stay atop the Patriot League standings against Lafayette on Friday night and Lehigh on Saturday afternoon.