Hawks Down Virginia State, Capture CIAA Northern Division Crown
Box Score MURFREESBORO- The Chowan University volleyball team clinched the CIAA Northern Division title on Monday evening with a 3-0 win over Virginia State University. The Hawks earned the title for the seventh time in program history and third consecutive year.
Chowan topped Virginia State 25-18 in set one, edged the Trojans 27-25 in set two and secured a 25-21 in set three to earn the victory. The Hawks improve to 20-9 overall and 13-2 in CIAA play while Virginia State moves to 17-9 overall and 11-4 in league action.
Morgan Spencer led all players in the contest with 13 kills. Suraya Chase followed with 10 kills in the victory while also recording 10 digs. Bailey Zavala hailed in 23 digs for the Chowan Blue and White with Karisa Patterson and Alyssa Born combining for 29 assists.
Myia Jones paced the Trojans with six kills in the setback. Adriana Hazou tallied 13 digs with Miranda Bass notching 12 assists.
The Hawks and Trojans battled for control at the start of set one. With the Chowan clinging to a 9-8 lead, a service error by Virginia State led to a 10-2 run for the Hawks. The Hawks never looked back, and maintained a lead of five or more points for the remainder of the set, securing the 25-18 win with a kill by Brittany Tschida.
In set two, the Trojans worked their way to a 14-12 advantage. The Hawks stormed back with a 6-0 run to pull away 18-14. Both teams battled through the final stretch of the set with neither team able to regain the momentum. With the score tied 25-25, a kill by Syndey Miller followed by a kill by Spencer confirmed the 27-25 victory for Chowan.
Chowan and Virginia State fought point for point through the majority of set three. With the score knotted 21-21, a kill by Miller followed by three consecutive Virginia State errors propelled the Hawks to the 25-21 victory.
Chowan returns to action on Friday when the Hawks play host to Virginia Union. Friday's match is the final contest of the regular season and will also be Senior Day for Suraya Chase. First serve is slated for 6pm in the Helms Center.