HANOVER, N.H. —The Hartford volleyball team split a pair of matches on the final day of the Dartmouth Invitational. The Hawks took down Dartmouth in straight sets in the opening match, before coming up short to eventual tournament champion Hofstra, 3-1, in the nightcap.
Junior Abby Nash combined for 22 kills and classmate Megan Anderson tallied 65 assists for Hartford, which moves to 5-4 on the season.
HARTFORD 3, DARTMOUTH 0 (25-12, 25-17, 25-18)
- SET ONE:The Hawks were running on all cylinders in the opening set, as a sizzling .478 hitting percentage and 10 combined blocks propelled them to the 25-12 victory. Hartford was unstoppable on the attack, slamming home 12 kills while committing just one error. Nash led a balanced offensive effort with four kills, while Bridges and Lindsay added three apiece.
- SET TWO:The Hawks built an 8-4 cushion against the Big Green and never looked back in the second set. Pushing ahead, 16-11, Hartford continued to dominate, as a 4-1 run made it a 20-12 lead. The Big Green battled back, closing the gap down to 20-15, but the Hawks pulled away at the end by delivering five of the last seven points for the 25-17 win.
- SET THREE: Hartford and Dartmouth battled in the third set, but with the score even at 13-13, the Hawks rallied to take a lead they would not relinquish with three straight points. Despite the Big Green pulling within one, Hartford finishing strong, building a 20-18 lead before delivering a 5-0 run behind three service aces from Anderson to seal the straight-set victory.
- HARTFORD NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS:Rookie Maddie Lindsay delivered eight digs and 11 kills for the Hawks, who hot .391 as a team while holding Dartmouth to a .175 clip … Hartford out blocked Dartmouth by a 9-2 margin … Senior Jenna Bridges, who added nine kills with just one error, hit .615 on the match … Anderson totaled 30 assists and four service aces.
HOFSTRA 3, HARTFORD 1 (25-19, 23-25, 25-17, 25-21)
- SET ONE:An early Hartford lead got spoiled by Hofstra, as it came back to go take a five-point advantage. After alternating points, though, the Hawks pulled within two at 16-14, but Hofstra finished strong to take the opening set.
- SET TWO: After back-and-forth action led to an 8-8 tie, the Hawks fired off a 4-1 run to break open the set. Hartford continued to hold on to its lead and appeared to have it sealed with a 24-20 advantage, before allowing Hofstra back into the game. The Pride used three unanswered points to pull within one, but the Hawks held off the late charge, coming away with the 25-23 victory.
- SET THREE: Hofstra controlled the third set early and eventually built a double-digit advantage at 18-8. But the Hawks refused to get run out, as they rallied for seven straight points to slash the deficit to three at 18-15. Hartford remained within striking distance, but was never able to complete the comeback, as Hofstra won, 25-17.
- SET FOUR: Another furious comeback bid saw the Hawks chip away at an early seven-point deficit and pull within two at 18-16. With Hofstra clinging to a 21-18 advantage, Hartford nearly completed the comeback, closing the gap to 21-20. But the Pride held off the Hawks and their late rally, scoring the next four points to win the match and claim the team title of the Dartmouth Invitational.
- HARTFORD NOTES & HIGHLIGHTS:Nash led the Hawks with 13 kills, while Alex Lucero paced the defense with 16 digs … Bridges finished the final match with 11 kills and three blocks … Laura Masciullo had 13 kills to lead Hofstra, while Luisa Sydlik delivered 44 assists for the Pride.
NEXT ON TAP
The Hawks remain on the road on Tuesday when they take on Holy Cross. First serve is set for 6 p.m.
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