Hawks Secure 3-1 Win over Lady Panthers on Senior Night
Box Score MURFREESBORO- The Chowan University volleyball team closed out the regular season with a 3-1 win over Virginia Union University on Friday evening. The Hawks move to 21-9 overall and 14-2 in CIAA play with the victory while the Lady Panthers post a 14-10 overall mark and 9-7 record in league play.
The Hawks fell to the Lady Panthers 25-23 in set one before grabbing a 25-19 win in the second set. Chowan earned 25-23 and 25-18 victories in sets three and four, respectively, to earn the 3-1 victory.
Suraya Chase led all players in the match with 17 kills on Senior Night. She added 12 digs in the victory. Morgan Spencer added 13 kills while Karisa Patterson notched 31 assists. Makayla Castro and Bailey Zavala notched 19 and 18 digs, respectively.
Jayshil Oatley paced the Lady Panthers with 13 kills in the loss. Arianna Bethel added 11 kills with A'Maria Wright notching 28 assists. Jamaica Adams recorded 20 assists for Virginia Union.
In the opening set, the Hawks and Lady Panthers battled for control early in the contest. With the score tied 6-6, Virginia Union took advantage of a 5-1 run to pull away 11-7. Down but not out, Chowan clawed their way back from the deficit, knotting the score 14-14 after a Lady Panther service error. A Virginia Union error on the next play pushed the Hawks ahead. Chowan clung to a narrow lead until a kill by Oatley knotted the score 22-22 down the final stretch of the first set. With the score knotted 23-23, a kill by Oatley and Chowan attack error handed the Lady Panthers a 25-23.
The battle for momentum continued well into the second set. With the score tied 5-5, a kill by Chase pushed the Hawks ahead. Virginia Union stayed close on Chowan's heels before the Hawks pulled away 17-11 late in set two. The Lady Panthers were unable to overcome the deficit, and the Hawks secured the 25-19 victory with a kill by Courtney O'Keefe.
In set three, with the score tied 9-9, two Lady Panthers along with a kill by Makayla Castro handed the Hawks a 12-9 advantage. Chowan maintained a narrow advantage down the final stretch of set three and survived a late rally by Virginia Union before securing the 25-23 win on a kill by Chase.
Virginia Union took an early 2-0 lead over Chowan in set four. The Hawks battled back, taking advantage of Lady Panther errors for a 4-3 lead. Chowan never looked back after securing the early advantage, and maintained the lead for the remainder of the set. A kill by Spencer confirmed the 25-18 win for the Hawks.
Chowan travels to Petersburg, Virginia November 18th-20th to compete in the CIAA Volleyball Championship. The Hawks enter the tournament as the No. 1 seed from the CIAA Northern Division. Bracket information and a complete schedule of events will be released as it becomes available.