CU Volleyball Clinches Fourth Straight Title Over VSU
PETERSBURG, Va. – For the eighth time in program history and fourth consecutive season, the Chowan Volleyball team clinched the CIAA Northern Division Title. The Hawks picked up the straight sets victory over Virginia State on Monday evening on the road.
FINAL | Chowan 3, Virginia State 0 (25-23, 25-20, 25-23)
RECORDS | Chowan 14-11 (12-3, 9-0), Virginia State 9-16 (9-5, 7-2)
LOCATION | Petersburg, Va. (Multipurpose Center)
INSIDE THE BOXSCORE
Makayla Castro notched a double-double with 10 kills and 15 digs.
Milica Vejnovic tallied eight kills and 16 digs. Kayla Gates chipped in with seven kills.
Bailey Zavala paced the defense with 23 digs.
The Trojans offense produced 23 attack errors to aid in the Chowan victory.
HOW IT HAPPENED
First Set: Chowan 25, Virginia State 23
Both teams jockeyed for the lead in the early going of the match with the score tied at four-all. Virginia State held on to a slight lead until back-to-back Trojan errors handed the lead to the Hawks for the first time, 16-15.
The lead would change hands for a few points until Brittany Tschida and Karisa Patterson teamed up for a block handing the lead back to the Hawks, 19-18.
Karisa Patterson notched a kill to force a timeout by VSU, 24-21. The Trojans ended the first set for the Hawks with an attack error.
Second Set: Chowan 25, Virginia State 20
Chowan jumped out to an early 12-2 lead forcing VSU to call both timeouts during the run. Courtney O'Keefe notched the first kill of the set to spark the rally. Makayla Castro and Kayla Gates tallied two kills each before Milica Vejnovic capped off the rally with a kill.
Four straight miscues aided the Trojans in the set to cut their deficit to 16-11. The miscues changed sides to go against the Trojans to help the Hawks as Karisa Patterson gave the Hawks a 24-16 lead.
VSU closed the gap slightly before a service error handed the Hawks the second set, 25-20.
Third Set: Chowan 25, Virginia State 22
In a back-and-forth set, the score was tied multiple times with either team grabbing more than a two point lead.
Back-to-back kills by Makayla Castro forced a timeout by Virginia State as the Hawks led 17-15. VSU used their final timeout trailing 19-17.
The Trojans fought back to knot the match at 21, 22, and 23-all before three straight errors ended the set and match.
Chowan finishes the regular season Thursday, November 9 against Virginia Union in Richmond, Va.