Pirates fight hard in loss to Xavier
Oct27

Pirates fight hard in loss to Xavier

On Friday, the Seton Hall women’s volleyball team lost, 3-1, to Xavier University. The loss drops the Pirates to 8-17, including 3-9 in conference play. The first set began neck-and-neck. On the back of Sophia Coffey’s six assists and Abby Thelen’s four kills, the set was tied 11-11 at one point, but the Pirates could not pull ahead from there as Xavier won 25-21. Xavier had 17 kills that set, compared to Seton Hall’s 15, and the lead...

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Thelen’s libero relationship comes full circle with Dolezal
Oct25

Thelen’s libero relationship comes full circle with Dolezal

Freshman libero Eden Dolezal may be a rising star for the Seton Hall volleyball program, but the bright-eyed newcomer did not come to South Orange for the sparkling lights of New York City. “No, I don’t want the city,” the native of LaPorte, Ind., said in an interview this week. “No, too much, too much. It’s crazy.” Dolezal visited Seton Hall for the first time on Aug. 11, 2016, after head coach Allie Yaeger watched her at AAU...

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Powerful offense leads to sweep of DePaul
Oct13

Powerful offense leads to sweep of DePaul

Seton Hall women’s volleyball swept DePaul University on Friday evening, improving the team’s record to 7-14. Seton Hall came strong out of the gate, as DePaul struggled to find ways to defend. The Pirates started the set going up 4-0, and they did not look back from there and closed out set one 25-18. Caitlin Koska and Haylee Gasser had four kills apiece, leading the way for the team. Sarah Yenesel / Photography Editor The second set...

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Pirates fall to Creighton, drop seventh game in a row
Oct06

Pirates fall to Creighton, drop seventh game in a row

The Seton Hall women’s volleyball team was swept on Friday night by Creighton, extending its losing streak to seven games. The Pirates started the match by trading kills with the Bluejays, keeping the game close or tied. The Bluejays, however, would go on a 5-2 run to take a 14-11 lead in the middle of the set and never looked back, keeping control. The Pirates got the set to as close as 22-19, but ultimately fell 25-20. Set two...

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Former walk-on now wears the coveted pink shirt
Oct04

Former walk-on now wears the coveted pink shirt

The path to becoming a routine starter for volleyball has been anything but clear for Miranda Higginbotham. One of Seton Hall volleyball’s unsung heroes, the fiery competitor has seen her game blossom from being a walk-on in her freshman year to a crucial role as a starting libero and defensive specialist. Not even expecting to play her freshman year as a recruited walk-on, Higginbotham earned playing time as a defensive specialist....

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Pirates swept again in loss to Red Storm
Sep29

Pirates swept again in loss to Red Storm

The Seton Hall women’s volleyball team fell, 3-0, to Saint John’s University on Saturday night. The Pirates, now 0-5 in Big East play, drop to 5-13 on the season. In the first set, it was all Red Storm, as the Pirates never gained lead. After falling into a 12-5 deficit, the Pirates cut the lead to 17-14, but the Red Storm would answer back with an 8-1 run. Seton Hall would ultimately drop the set, 25-15. The Pirates did slightly...

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Yaeger and company face long odds, but that is nothing new
Sep26

Yaeger and company face long odds, but that is nothing new

Inside Madison Square Garden on the morning of Aug. 6, the communications staff for the Big East Conference prepared its release of the volleyball coaches’ preseason poll, an annual exercise in bewilderment for Seton Hall head coach Allie Yaeger. The seventh-year Pirates leader looked at the projections and saw what she had seen for four straight seasons: Seton Hall outside the four postseason spots. “Yeah, you know, I don’t really...

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Pirates remain winless in Big East play after loss to Georgetown
Sep26

Pirates remain winless in Big East play after loss to Georgetown

The Seton Hall women’s volleyball team fell, 3-0, to Georgetown University on Wednesday night. The loss drops the Pirates to 0-4 in Big East play. The teams were neck-and-neck in set one, trading points the entire way. Georgetown was able to break through and go up 15-11 at a point, but Seton Hall clawed back into the lead, 17-16, with kills from Abby Thelen and a few service errors from Georgetown. Despite Seton Hall’s best efforts,...

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Pirates defeated in straight sets by Butler
Sep22

Pirates defeated in straight sets by Butler

The Seton Hall volleyball team was defeated by Butler, 3-0, on Friday evening, dropping the teams overall record to 5-10. The turning point of the contest occurred in the second set, as the Bulldogs called a timeout down 23-19, two points away from going into halftime with split sets. Butler, however, closed the gap quickly, putting up five unanswered points to take the lead at 24-23. The quick shift in momentum eventually won the set...

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Pirates fall to Villanova in first taste of Big East action
Sep21

Pirates fall to Villanova in first taste of Big East action

The Seton Hall women’s volleyball team began Big East play on Wednesday evening against Villanova University, losing the match 3-1. The team now sits at 5-9 on the season and are still winless away from Walsh Gymnasium. They also fall 16-27 all-time against Villanova. Seton Hall struggled early in the first set, trailing 11-7 by its first timeout. Abby Thelen, however, led the team on a 6-2 run to get the Pirates back to 14-13....

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Coffey and Yaeger share one last season together
Sep20

Coffey and Yaeger share one last season together

SOUTH ORANGE, N.J. – Sophia Coffey managed to play volleyball in whatever manner she could growing up: school or club, on wooden courts or the sand of Pacific Ocean beaches. As a senior at Flintridge Sacred Heart Academy in La Cañada Flintridge, Calif., she told the Pasadena Star-News how she first envisioned herself as an outside hitter like her sister, Camille, who also made the cross-country trip to play college volleyball at...

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Pirates drop two In Hofstra Invitational
Sep16

Pirates drop two In Hofstra Invitational

The Seton Hall women’s volleyball team competed in the Hofstra Invitational this past weekend, going 1-2 against Dartmouth College, Columbia University, and Hofstra University. On Friday, the team lost to Dartmouth in three straight sets. During the first set, the teams traded kills. Caitlin Koska and Abby Thelen led the way and combined for eight kills, but the Pirates ultimately fell 25-19. The Pirates took off in set two with an...

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