NEW ROCHELLE, N.Y. — The Saint Elizabeth volleyball team extended its win streak to three straight with a pair of non-conference victories Saturday afternoon at the College of New Rochelle.
CSE (6-2) won its opening match over The King's College 3-1 by scores of 21-25, 25-11, 25-15, 25-18 and in the late match, rolled past the College of New Rochelle 3-0 with set scores of 25-14, 25-20, 25-18.
Saint Elizabeth jumped ahead in their first match, against King’s College, with an early 4-1 lead behind two aces by Amy Cooper but the Lady Lions clawed back to tie the Eagles at 7-7. With the score knotted at 10-10, the Eagles went on a 5-0 run fueled by Misato Oya's serving which yielded one ace and led to easy attack opportunities by Katie Cooper who put away two kills in the run.
But the Lady Lions came off a timeout and proceeded to go on a 15-5 run that sealed the Eagles fate in the set. The turnaround was due in large part to 13 CSE errors.
The second set saw a more precise Eagle team take the court. Amy Cooper ran a balanced offense that saw five different Screaming Eagles get kills and the team evened the match with a 25-11 set victory.
In the third set against King's College, the Screaming Eagles were nearly perfect from the service line but posted the best hitting percentage of the year in a set (.406) as Kareemah Muhammad, Katie Cooper and Subhana Wrights pounded out 16 kills to pull away late and win the set, 25-15.
CSE was unable to maintain that torrid offensive pace in the fourth set but once again the serving game was the key as the team was perfect from the service line. Wrights paced the team's offense with five kills and added a block to pace the team to victory in a 25-18 win.
The second match for CSE on Saturday was against host College of New Rochelle. The match began very evenly for both teams but the first set swung in the Screaming Eagles' favor as the team hit for four aces. Setter Amy Cooper ran a balanced offense, getting nine kills from four different hitters and added three aces from the service line as the team pulled away for a comfortable 25-14 set win.
CSE was nearly perfect at the outset of the second set and took a commanding 10-4 lead behind the hitting and blocking of Wrights. She led the Screaming Eagle offense with five kills and a .333 hitting percentage while combining with Amy Cooper for two blocks in the run.
CNR fought back to close at 14-12 but a key kill by Katie Cooper gave CSE the ball back and following another kill by her, CSE had opened a four-point lead again. Key kills by Katie Cooper, Ireyah Stevens and Kareemah Muhammad sealed the set in CSE's favor at 25-20.
The Screaming Eagles offense overwhelmed the Holy Angels in the final set. Muhammad, Wrights and Katie Cooper combined for 13 kills out of 26 attempts — with only four errors — to pace by the team. Katie Cooper led the way with seven kills and a .250 hitting percentage while Amy Cooper added two aces. CSE opened up the set behind Amy Cooper's serving on a 10-3 run and never looked back as they closed out the set and the match 25-18.
The Eagle's improved to a program best 6-2 to open the 2012 campaign and look to continue their four-match winning streak at home on Wednesday night against York (N.Y.). First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m.