MORRISTOWN, N.J. – Saint Elizabeth ran its win streak to 10 straight matches, concluding the 2012 regular season with a 3-0 victory over visiting Cooper Union Friday in St. Joseph’s Hall on Dig Pink Night.
With season-high 13 players seeing action, the Screaming Eagles (22-7) officially won by scores 25-10, 25-13, 25-15 to close out the 2012 regular season.
The Screaming Eagles held its annual Dig Pink game and wore pink warm up T-shirts and pink hair ribbons to honor those women who have fought breast cancer. The program again held a raffle and collected over $50 in donations that will go toward research and awareness of this disease.
CSE was jazzed up from the first serve, racing out to a 10-2 lead after sophomore Rachel Hausler served up three aces. The lead now at 17-7, two aces by senior Nashlly Sokoli and a Kareemah Muhammad kill ignited another CSE run, pushing the lead to 20-7. Katie Cooper transitioned from a dig into an attack that found the floor for a kill and the set point, 25-10.
The Screaming Eagles raced out to a 7-0 lead in the second set after three aces by sophomore Jenae Goodson. A big kill in the middle of the floor by Subhana Wrights pushed the lead to 10-1. With the score 15-4, freshman Amanda Inacio served up an ace and a few points later another kill came from outside hitter Muhammad to push the lead to 20-6. CSE would not look back, closing out the second set, 25-13.
The third set started out with another flurry of offense by CSE and the results was a 10-1 lead. Muhammad put down three kills in the middle of the set and the Screaming Eagles raced out to the 18-7 advantage. The loudest cheer of the night came when junior middle hitter Laura Patterson put down her first kill of the year for a 19-7 CSE lead. The Screaming Eagles held off a late Cooper Union rally and closed out the third set – 25-15 – for the tenth straight win of the year.
Wrights led the CSE offense with eight kills while Muhammad contributed four kills of her own as well as a game-high five aces. Hausler led the defense with seven digs to go along with three aces while Goodson, playing her second match at setter, handed out 15 assists with three aces.
Concluding the best season in program history, Saint Elizabeth will await word of a possible bid the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference postseason tournament. That information is expected to be released around Nov. 6.