Hawks Drop 4-Set Match at Stonehill


Matthew Tomer, Staff Writer

The Hartford Hawks’ Volleyball team was in Easton, Massachusetts to face the Stonehill Skyhawks in the Merkert Gymnasium. The Hawks looked to put another tally in the win column, but Stonehill had other plans. Despite the efforts from Hartford, the Skyhawks proved to be unstoppable as they took the match, three sets to one over the Hawks. Hartford moved to 2-19 on the season as Stonehill improved to 2-21.

In the first set of the match, Stonehill’s offense was on fire as they jumped out to an early 8-3 lead. From there, Stonehill did not hold back. Hartford would go on small runs to try and cut back the deficit but the Skyhawks’ offense was too dominant giving them the set one win with a score of 25-13. In the second set, it was Hartford who jumped out to an early 8-4 lead. Stonehill would match with a run of their own, giving them the advantage 9-8. Despite the match being all tied up at 20, Hartford would clutch up and go on a 5-2 run giving them the second set win with a score of 25-22.

In the third set, Stonehill bounced back and came out on fire. They took an early 8-2 lead, forcing Hartford to use a timeout. Following the time out, the Hawks used their strategies to go on a 6-0 run, tying the match at nine. It was a back-and-forth battle for the rest of the set, but it was Stonehill coming out on top winning set three 25-20. The fourth set started off just like the third, with Stonehill getting the early advantage at 8-4. Hartford kept battling back but Stonehill was able to keep a slim lead the entire time allowing them to go on a late run to win the final set 25-20 and taking the match 3-1.

For Stonehill, it was a total team effort as several players contributed to the stat sheet in the win over Hartford. Jentry Allen led the offense with 13 kills, making it her sixth time posting 10 or more kills in a match. Molly Turner led the offense in assists with 17 making this her fourth time in the last five matches with 10 or more assists. For Hartford, it was Greta De Gasper once again leading the team with 19 digs and 12 kills. Along with De Gasper, Lika Nkenchor finished the day with 15 assists.

The Hawks will be back in action on Friday as they head up 1-91 toward Springfield, Massachusetts to face off against American International College. The first serve is set for 7 p.m.