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Tigers Outlast UMBC in Five-Set Finale


     (Jarome, Towson)

TOWSON, Md. -- If you like back and forth rallies on the volleyball court between crosstown rivals, then Saturday's women's volleyball match was for you.

The Towson University Tigers (5-8) outlasted UMBC to win 3-2 Saturday in a match that featured two extra-point sets and back-and-forth action all night. Towson won the match 25-16, 24-26, 25-27, 29-27, 15-6.

Both sides had four players in double-digit kills. UMBC (3-9) saw Carmen Freeman led the night with 18 kills while Towson got 16 kills from rookie Emily Jarome (Padua).

How it Happened

  • In the opening set, UMBC jumped out to an 8-6 lead and held a steady advantage until the Tigers reeled off a four-point run to grab a 15-11 lead on a Jarome kill set up by Marrisa Wonders.
  • The Tigers led 17-15 before ripping off an 8-1 run with Annie Ertz serving six times in that run to take the set 25-16.
  • UMBC grabbed an early 4-0 lead in the second set and held the Tigers off until a 4-0 run in the middle of the set tied things at 11. The run led off with Jarome and Olamide Sonuga on the block as the two also combined for kills to tie the match.
  • With the second set tied 13-13, the Retrievers scored five unanswered points before an attack error brought the run to a halt.
  • However, UMBC scored four of the next five points for a 22-15 lead. Towson rallied with a three-point run to pull back within four, 22-18. UMBC got to set-point with a 24-19 lead before the Tigers fought off five-straight set points to tie the set 24-24. But the Retrievers closed the set with a pair of Tiger errors to win 26-24.
  • In the third set, the teams battled back and forth with nine ties in the first 18 serves before the Tigers went on a 3-0 run for a 12-9 lead. With Towson on top 16-14, UMBC reeled off a 5-0 run to wrest a 19-16 lead away from Towson. The Retrievers used another three-point run to increase their advantage to 22-19.
  • The Tigers fought back to tie the set 23-23 and again at 24-24 and 25-25. Again the Retrievers scored back-to-back points for a 27-25 set win and a 2-1 advantage in the match.
  • Set four saw Towson waste little time getting out to an 11-5 lead before building a 15-7 advantage with Jarome on the line. The Tigers sat five points away from the set win before UMBC scored four in a row to make it 20-16 in favor of Towson.
  • UMBC fought all the way back to tie the set at 25 and eventually took a 26-25 lead. Serving specialist Camryn Allen came in with the frame tied at 27 and helped the Tigers force a fifth set as Towson won the final two points for a 29-27 win.
  • In the fifth, Towson sprang ahead 6-0 with Anna Holehouse back to serve as the redshirt senior dropped in a pair of service aces. UMBC cut the Tigers' lead in half, 8-4, before another Towson 3-0 run put separation in for a 12-5 advantage. Towson landed three more points to win the fifth set 15-6 and take the match 3-2.

Behind the Numbers

  • Towson hit for .263 in the match, including a strong .562 in the fifth and final set. Towson had 10 kills on 16 swings in the final frame with just one error.
  • Jarome led Towson with a 16-kill performance, followed by 15 from the hand of Kuilan. Ertz and Sonuga added 11 and 10 kills, respectively.
  • Silvia Grassini had a team-best .463 swinging percentage and assisted on six blocks in the five setter while adding a pair of aces.
  • Wonders put up 35 assists while Kristin Spengler posted 23 helpers.
  • Adding to a strong showing at the Tiger Invitational, Holehouse finished the weekend with 29 digs and her two aces.
  • UMBC hit .158 for the night, aided by a .316 in the third set.

Up Next for Towson

  • After hosting 14 matches in the last two weekends, the Tigers will open Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) action with a three pack of conference games next weekend.
  • Towson opens league play on Friday night with a 7 p.m. match with longtime foe Delaware at SECU Arena.
  • The Tigers continue league play Saturday night with a 7 p.m. showdown against Northeastern before welcoming Hofstra to town Monday night for a third 7 p.m. first serve.

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