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Cooper sisters lead Eagles to two victories

Cooper sisters lead Eagles to two victories

BRYN ATHYN, Pa. – The Screaming Eagles finished the weekend 2-1 after traveling to a quad match hosted by Bryn Athyn College on Saturday early afternoon. 

CSE opened the quad match facing the Bryn Athyn Lions. Late in the first set CSE leading 20-19, the Eagles went on 4-1 run fueled by a Kiara Francisco block and a Katie Cooper kill to seal the set at 25-21.

Bryn Athyn led the second set right out of the gate 13-7.  Sisters, Amy Cooper and K. Cooper led the comeback behind the service line, hitting five aces and nine service points in the fight back to and would proceed to an 18-5 run closing out the second set.

Kareemah Muhammad led the offense in the third set with three kills while Rachel Hausler received eight of the team's total serve receptions with a 2.0 rating and a set leading seven digs. The Eagles finished the final set 25-11.

In Saint Elizabeth’s match against Bryn Mawr College the Eagles fell short losing all three sets 25-17, 25-15, 25-16.  CSE was led by K. Cooper's eight kills and Muhammad's seven kills (only three errors). Rachel Hausler saw 41 serve receptions and was error free on 39 of them with a team leading pass rating of 2.13 and a team leading nine digs.

CSE came off a tough loss to the Bryn Mawr Owls and were staring at the only undefeated team of the day, the Goucher College Gophers.  CSE began the match well and the set was a back and forth affair that saw the Gophers take command of the set late as they took a 23-19 lead over the Eagles.  The Eagles forced the Gophers into bad passes through A. Cooper's serving and the captain finished off the set with an ace to give the Eagles a 25-23 set win.

The Eagles trailed early in the second set and could never recover as the Gophers extended leads of 10-5 to 13-6 to 19-9 before closing out the set 25-17.  Subhana Wrights had a team high three kills and one block in the set.

The Eagles were able to muster a mini 4-0 run midway through the third set to take a three point lead at 13-10.  Although the Gophers were able to get to within one point at numerous times for the remainder of the set, the Eagles were able to get the crucial point to keep the Gophers at bay.  CSE closed out the set 25-23, led by the Cooper sisters' combined seven kills.  Zuleima Molina and Hausler added key aces late in the set to solidify the set victory.

The momentum shifted yet again in the fourth set, with the Gophers dominant early and never looking back.  The Eagles' miscues killed any opportunity the team had to take the fourth set as the Gophers wrapped up the set 25-12.

The Eagles were unrelenting from the service line in the fifth and final set.  CSE went on a 5-1 run then behind two kills by Muhammad and one kill by Wrights brought the score up to 8-7.

The set and match hung in the balance as the teams traded points and were deadlocked at 11 in the late stages of the match.   Hausler served up an ace to follow a Gopher service error to spark the 4-0 run that closed out the final set.  The Eagles are now 3-2 overall.

The Eagles host Bryn Athyn on Thurs., Sept. 13 at 7pm in a rematch of this past Saturday's match.

 

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