Volleyball falls on Senior Day
The Pirates could not come up with a win on Senior Day as they fell 3-1 to Connecticut this Sunday.
The team’s strong chemistry proved to be an advantage on Friday night in Walsh Gym though, as they beat St. John’s, 3-0.
Before Sunday’s game against the Huskies, Allie Matters and fellow seniors Melissa Bellomy and Stacey Craighead were honored.
“Senior Day is always hard, but this one was particularly hard,” head coach Kris Zeiter said. “My first year as coach was their freshman year so they’ve really meant a lot to the program and to me personally.”
Despite the loss, the Hall racked up a season-high 14.5 blocks and hit at a .244 percetage.
Sophomores Megan Matusiak and Krissy Wrobel were consistent at the net and finished with 12 blocks each. Matters left her mark during her last home performance with 25 digs. This feat brings her within 26 digs of breaking her single-season record, which she set last season, with two games left to play.
“Matters had a stand out game defensively,” Zeiter said.
It was Matusiak who came through on the offensive end with 17 kills.
The Pirates managed a two point lead at the first set after UConn held a five-point lead at one juncture.
In the second set, a kill from Osmun put the Pirates up by three midway through. But the Huskies were quick to tie the set at 13-13.
Matusiak brought Seton Hall within two, 23-21, but UConn’s Mattison Quayle sent over a pair of kills to give her team the set.
The third set also started off close before the Pirates proceeded to go on an 8-0 run.
UConn cut the deficit to five, late in the match, but the Pirates were able to hold on. They took the set with a final score of 25-19.
The Huskies maintained a small lead for the majority of the fourth set and came out on top, 25-19.
Matters came through defensively with 29 digs. This moved her double-figure dig streak to 64 matches, the highest in the nation. Wrobel notched seven blocks.
“It might have been the best blocking game we’ve had all year,” Zeiter said.
Matusiak tallied 12 kills while freshman Olivia Trudeau had 38 assists.
“We didn’t have many hitting errors which showed that our offense was clicking very well,” Osmun said.
The closest that the Red Storm was able to come to the Hall in the first set was within four points. The Pirates closed it out with a margin of seven points, 25-18.
St. John’s took its only lead of the second set as they scored on the first two plays. The Pirates responded with a 6-0 run and dominated the rest of the set with a final score of 25-21.
Seton Hall came out strong in the third set taking an early six point lead. They won the set, 25-15, to finish the sweep.
“We had really good serve receive which allowed our offense to run very efficiently,” Osmun said. “The attitude on the court was very important. There was just this feeling that we were going to win.”
In order for the Pirates to make it to the Big East Tournament, they have to win their match against West Virginia this weekend and Villanova has to lose both its upcoming games against Syracuse and Marquette.
“The West Virginia match is going to send somebody into the playoffs one way or the other,” Zeiter said. “We are certainly not looking past Pitt but our focus is definitely West Virginia.”
The Pirates will travel to Pittsburgh on Friday to start their final regular season weekend.
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