Norfolk State women’s volleyball team ends long drought, rallies from two sets behind for first victory of year – The Virginian-Pilot


After losing its first 10 matches, Norfolk State overcame a two-set deficit Friday night to win its MEAC opener, defeating Maryland Eastern Shore 3-2 (22-25, 22-25, 25-16, 25-20, 16-14 ) before 435 fans at Gill Gymnasium. Sydney McCree served an ace on match point.

It was the Spartans’ first victory over UMES, one of their most frequent opponents, since 2013.

Carla Hernandez had 12 kills and 10 digs, Paola Maradei had a career-high eight blocks, and Nicole Rodriguez made 17 digs for NSU (1-10, 1-0). UMES fell to 2-9, 0-1.

Old Dominion completed a two-match sweep of Marshall in the Monarchs’ first Sun Belt competition, beating the visiting Thundering Herd 3-0 (25-22, 25-17, 25-18). Ashley Peroe and Myah Conway scored 11 kills each for the Monarchs (7-8, 2-0 Sun Belt), and Teresa Atilano had 32 assists and six kills.

Marshall fell to 6-7, 0-2.

Virginia Wesleyan (9-4, 2-1 Old Dominion Athletic Conference) swept Guilford 3-0 (25-22, 25-20, 25-15) at TowneBank Arena in Virginia Beach. Morgan Ludovici had 13 kills and 15 digs, Haley Sutton had 26 assists and Becca Halligstad had 16 digs for VWU. The Quakers, who yielded a 10-5 lead in the first set, fell to 2-10, 0-3.

Host Mount St. Joseph (9-3) of Cincinnati swept Christopher Newport 3-0 (25-18, 25-21, 25-20), dropping the Captains to 7-7. Sammy Carroll had 24 assists and nine digs and Mackenzie Wright had eight kills for CNU.


NC State shut out Virginia Tech in Raleigh, handing the Hokies (1-6-1, 0-3 ACC) their fourth 1-0 defeat of the year.

In the 31st minute, Luke Hille headed in a Conor Kelly free kick for the Wolfpack (3-3-1, 1-2).

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Old Dominion coach Chris Finwood announced that Jonathan Hadra has joined his staff as an assistant coach. Hadra, a four-year letterman and 2004 VMI graduate, served as the Keydets’ head coach for eight years, recording 147 wins. Before coaching at VMI, Hadra spent three years as an assistant at Western Kentucky under Finwood.


No. 13 Old Dominion (6-2, 1-1 Big East) breezed to a 6-1 victory at Quinnipiac (4-4, 1-1) in Hamden, Connecticut. Delphine Le Jeune and Aubrey Mytych scored twice apiece for the Monarchs. Cam MacGillivray made seven saves for the victory.


William & Mary head coach Colleen Dawson has announced the hiring of Rebecca Lane and Theadora Kwas as assistant coaches. Both have played on the Australian national team from 2017-22.

Lane was an All-Atlantic 10 selection for Saint Joseph’s, where she later served as a student assistant coach. Kwas competed from 2014-17 for Maryland, where she helped the Terps win three national titles.

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