MORRISTOWN, N.J. – Subhana Wrights posted a team-high 15 kills and seven blocks as the College of Saint Elizabeth cruised to a 3-1 victory over the College of Staten Island in non-conference volleyball action Wednesday at St. Joseph’s Hall.
The Screaming Eagles improved to 14-7 overall on the season with set scores of 25-22, 23-25, 25-16 and 25-15.
CSE and CSI battled evenly in the first set but the visitors took a 13-10 lead after another CSE serving error (their fourth of the set). The service woes continued and CSE trailed 17-13.
In an odd way, miscommunication swung the momentum in CSE’s favor. Twice teammates went up to attack the same ball and both times it found its way to the court for a CSE kill. The odd momentum rush continued on the next point when Amy Cooper served an ace to tie the set at 18-all. Katie Cooper’s roll shot found the back corner for a 20-19 lead.
Wrights pounded down her fourth kill of the set for a 24-22 lead and two points later, CSE took the first set, 25-22.
CSI took a 5-4 lead again at the start and after several uncharacteristic hitting errors by CSE, increased the lead to 11-6.
Down 22-19 to CSI, Amy Cooper served two consecutive winning points for CSE and the team got within one, 23-22, on one of Katie Cooper’s four kills in the set. But Staten Island found its right defensive alignment, and then the right attacker, and squeezed out a 25-23 win in the second set.
The Screaming Eagles, clearly unhappy about losing the second set, jumped out to a 6-3 lead on an emphatic kill by Wrights (one of five for her) in the middle of the court. Two points later a Jenae Goodson ace pushed that lead to 8-3.
Libero Rachel Hausler served for CSE, up 17-10, and the Screaming Eagles got a crucial point with a kill by Katie Cooper and when the advantage reached eight points CSI called a timeout to try and stop the momentum.
Saint Elizabeth was in control at that point and setter Amy Cooper dashed across the net and tipped a second ball home for the kill and the win, 25-16.
It was all Wrights at the start of the fourth set. Consecutive kills gave her Screaming Eagles a 9-5 lead.
A block by Wrights gave the home team a 21-13 lead and control of the set, but for good measure she unloaded a big kill to extend the advantage to 22-14. Her fellow middle hitter Kiara Francisco added another kill to put CSE up 23-14 and on the verge of victory.
The good times for the Screaming Eagles continued as outside hitter Kareemah Muhammad’s off-balance left-handed attack found the court for a kill and the 24-15 lead quickly turned into a fourth-set victory, 25-15.
Katie Cooper added 12 kills and 10 digs while Hausler paced the defense with 14 digs.
Amy Cooper again engineered the CSE offense with 34 assists and added a team-high 18 digs.
Saint Elizabeth will host a non-conference tri-match this weekend at St. Joseph’s Hall. The Screaming Eagles will face New Jersey City at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 13 and will take on Medgar Evers later that afternoon at 3 p.m.