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Former Padua Star Emily Jarome & the Towson Tigers Fall at Northeastern in Second Five-Setter

                                              

                                                                    Emily Jarome

                                              (Padua Academy)

 

BOSTON -- Five is the number for the Tigers this weekend as Towson University fell in five sets on the road at Northeastern Sunday afternoon.

On Friday, Towson (10-13, 5-5 CAA) rallied back to top Hofstra 3-2 in five sets before travelling to Boston to conclude the regular season series with Northeastern. Early this year, the Tigers and Huskies battled in five as Northeastern also won that match.

Towson was led in the Colonial Athletic Association (CAA) match by a trio of double-doubles, one from Annie Ertz with 22 kills and 10 digs while Marrisa Wonders posted 30 assists with 12 digs. Anna Holehouse put up 18 digs along with 11 assists.

Northeastern (12-11, 5-5 CAA) was paced by 58 assists from setter Samantha Shupe while Athena Ardila had 20 kills. Three Huskies had double-digit digs, led by 21 from Gabrielle Eyl.

How it Happened

  • Like the final score, the match was relatively tight throughout, including the first set. Northeastern won the opener 26-24.
  • Towson led 8-6 after a 3-0 run and built to an 11-7 lead after a quick 3-1 burst. Northeastern chipped back and tied the first set 16-16 before the Tigers wrested control with a 19-17 lead. A 4-0 Husky surage put Towson behind by a point, 21-20 before back-to-back points for the Tigers gave Towson the edge.
  • The Tigers got to set point, 24-22, but Northeastern reeled off four unanswered points for a 26-24 set win.
  • Towson tied the match at one set apiece after claiming a 25-22 lead in the second set. Each side traded 3-0 runs in the early goings of the second, with Towson taking a 5-4 advantage early.
  • The Tigers staved off the Huskies until the hosts tied the set 9-9. Both sides tied several times over the course of the second before Towson knocked down two of the final three points for the set win.
  • Towson went up 2-1 after the break thanks to a 25-19 third-set victory. It was all Towson early of the pause as the Tigers roared out to an 8-1 lead, including a 5-0 run to open the set.
  • Eventually, Towson took its lead out to 15-8 before Northeastern mustered a 6-0 run to pull back within a point of the Tigers. Ertz halted the run with a kill to regain a two-point Towson advantage.
  • The Tigers hit a 3-0 run to make it 20-16 before scoring four of the final five points for the set victory.
  • Northeastern claimed the fourth set 25-21 to force the second five-set meeting between these teams in 2018.
  • Set four was tight through the duration as the teams tied 14 times before either side reached 20 points. Northeastern capped the fourth with a 6-2 burst, including the final three points of the frame to force a fifth.
  • Northeastern jumped out 3-1 in the fifth set and several times the Tigers pulled back within one of the Huskies, but could not overtake the hosts.
  • After the Huskies took a 9-5 lead, Towson worked its way back into the set with three unanswered points to cut the lead to 9-8, Northeastern. But the Huskies answered back with a 3-0 rally of their own, setting up a 4-1 Tiger run to again pull back within one, 13-12.
  • The Huskies scored the final two points of the day in succession to take the deciding set 15-13.

Behind the Numbers

  • Towson hit for .305 in the match, including .563 and .457 in the second and fourth sets, respectively. Silvia Grassini finished with a .500 swing percentage, knocking down 10 kills on 18 attempts with just one error.
  • Five Tigers reached double digit kills, led by Ertz's 22. Emily Jarome(Padua) had 13 while Olivia Finckel quietly knocked down a dozen. Jocelyn Kuilan finished with 11 while Grassini tagged the Huskies for her 10.
  • The Tigers finished with five service aces, including a pair with Jarome on the line. Normally one of the stronger serving teams in the league, Northeastern finished with just four aces on the afternoon, with Eyl serving up three.
  • Towson had a fine showing at the net, finishing with 22 total team blocks, all of which were assisted. Grassini had half a dozen block assists as Olamide Sonuga finished with five. Northeastern had 14 total blocks, including the day's lone block solo from Hannah Boyd.

Up Next for Towson

  • Towson rounds out the month of October with a trio of matches in the next eight days, all on the road.
  • The Tigers head to Dover, Delaware for a Wednesday night matchup at Delaware State with a 6 p.m. first serve.
  • Towson then makes a Southern Swing through the CAA with a Saturday match at Charleston, followed by a Monday showdown at UNCW. Both matches start at 7 p.m.

Photo and story courtesy of towsontigers.com


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