Montclair, N.J.- The College of Saint Elizabeth volleyball team fell 3-0 to Montclair University. CSE dropped to 5-3 overall with scores of 24-26, 13-25, 18-25.
The Eagles had an opportunity to surprise the Red Hawks early in the first set as CSE took the lead at 7-6 after a Montclair hitting error. Montclair settled in and took a lead midway through the set at 16-13 after a kill out of the middle. Montclair continued pressuring the Eagle defense and at 23-19, it looked like the Eagles were through. CSE went on a 5-1 run however, which featured an ace and kill by Kiana Cunningham and a kill by Cheyenne Grant, to knot the score at 24. The Red Hawks got a key free ball error from the Eagles which was followed by a kill out of the middle to close out the set 24-26.
The second set saw the Eagles struggle to find their rhythm early and hitting miscues along with a very efficient Red Hawk attack put the set out of reach for the Eagles 13-25.
In the third set Montclair jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead but the Eagles kept on chipping away at the lead and tied it up at 6 behind a Nicole Morera kill. At 8-8, the Red Hawks went on a 4-0 run that opened a lead they would hang onto for the remainder of the set. The Eagles tried to respond but never got within three points. Montclair and CSE traded points for most of the remainder of the third set and the Red Hawks closed it out 18-25.
The Eagles were led by Subhana Wrights who posted eight kills and hit .235 while adding two blocks. Cunningham chipped in with six kills. Katie Cooper had a team high 13 digs in the loss.
CSE hosts William Paterson and Rosemont College this Saturday at 11am and 3pm.