MORRISTOWN, N.J. – Saint Elizabeth middle hitter Subhana Wrights had 16 kills while outside hitter Katie Cooper added 14 kills as the Eagles swept both New Jersey City University and Medgar Evers in women’s volleyball action on Saturday to tie for the program record for wins in season.
Saint Elizabeth (16-7, 3-5 NEAC) won the first match with scores of 25-17, 25-23, and 25-20. In the second match of the day, the Eagles swept Medgar Evers in three sets with scores of 25-9, 25-8, and 25-7 to improve to run its current win streak to four games.
The Screaming Eagles won 16 matches in 2011 to set the program mark and with another impressive campaign this year, tied that mark on Saturday.
In the morning match against NJCU, Saint Elizabeth went up 6-1 after sophomore Katie Cooper served up an ace in this weekend’s first set against New Jersey City University. NJCU (5-15, 0-6 NJAC) rallied back to make it 13-10 but Katie Cooper responded with a kill to end the rally. Rachel Hausler served up two big aces putting the Eagles up 18-12. The Knights were unable to counter, and CSE outside hitter Kareemah Muhammad had an ace to close out the set 25-17.
NJCU got a quick lead on the Eagles in the second set going up 4-1 before Katie Cooper’s serving rallied the Eagles who went up 5-4. After a long battle going back and forth for points, Knights sophomore Jade Medley tied the set 17-17. Despite best efforts, the Knights tried to fight back to keep the match close but fell to CSE 25-23 on a final kill from Screaming Eagles junior Amy Cooper.
Wrights had a big kill that lead to an early rally putting the Eagles up 8-6. The Eagles maintained the lead by one or two points until a Kiara Francisco kill put the Eagles up by four, 19-15. Katie Cooper’s two kills brought the Eagles within one point of the victory but NJCU served up two points making it 24-20 to capitalize on Saint Elizabeth errors. Wrights finished out the entire match with a kill as CSE won the third set, 25-20.
The Screaming Eagles came out with a strong start in its afternoon match with visiting Medgar Evers.
The Eagles took an early lead in the first set going on 9-5 run. Jenae Goodson led the Eagles as she served 10 consecutive points for a 20-5 lead. There was no turning back for the Eagles as they closed out the set 25-9.
In the second set, Hausler tallied three serving aces which got the Eagles up 6-2. The Eagles continued the run as Misato Oya served up four points to keep the 18-6 lead. Amy Cooper finished out the set with the last six serves and Saint Elizabeth cruised to the 25-8 set win.
Medgar Evers started out the third set keeping the Eagles within one point for the first five points. Wrights took over with two kills to give the Eagles the 9-4 lead. Saint Elizabeth went on a 7-0 run from Taisha Colon’s serving and strong Eagle offense. The Cougars could not get into rhythm offensively. Wrights closed out the final set 25-7.
Saint Elizabeth hit an astounding .417 (a season-best) for the match (22 kills, two errors on 48 attempts) with Wrights setting the game-high at seven kills. The Cooper sisters combined for 10 kills and just one error (Amy and Katie both had five kills).
The Screaming Eagles posted 14 aces from the service line, including the first ace of the season by sophomore Alyssa Moscova.
The Screaming Eagles next home game will be Senior Night on Tuesday, Oct. 16 against Yeshiva University where the athletic department will honor three seniors: Misato Oya, Zuleima Molina and Nashlly Sokoli. The celebration will take place before the match. The first serve is at 7:30 p.m. in St. Joseph’s Hall.