Hall earns 3-2 conference victory over ProvidenceDate: October 7, 2018
By Keith Egan
The Pirates recorded their first Big East win of the year in a five-set thriller at Providence Sunday.
Seton Hall got ahead early in the first set, but Providence would not go away. Providence gained a 20-19 lead and didn’t look back, eventually winning the set 25-22.
In the second set, the Friars kept the momentum going, and had themselves an 18-12 lead over Seton Hall. The Pirates did not back down however as they took a 23-22 lead and held on to win the set 25-23.
Once again, the team that won the prior set used it to their advantage in the following one as the Pirates scored four of the first five points in set three. However, a 10-2 Friars run changed things quickly as they took a 16-11 lead. The Pirates responded with a run of their own to take a 19-18 lead and kept it going to win the set 25-22.
Set four didn’t go to pan for the Pirates, who never found a lead in the set. Although Seton Hall stuck around, the Friars spread out their lead late for a 25-21 win.
In the deciding fifth set, the Pirates struck first, scoring four of the first five points. Soon after, Seton Hall put together a 7-1 run giving them an 11-4 lead. The Friars tried to make a push but an Abby Thelen kill and Providence service error clinched the win for Seton Hall.
In the match, Thelen had a career-high 25 kills, as another great mark to put on her college career. Charise Hennigan also had a season-high 17 kills in the match, as she was given the opportunity by Allison Yeager to get more playing time.
Sofia Coffey made her impact with a double-double and season highs in assists, digs and kills. Eden Dolezal also had a career-high 26 digs, which was also a match high.
The loss for Providence was their first at home this season.
Seton Hall will look to continue their winning ways on Friday as the DePaul Blue Demons come to South Orange at 7:00 p.m.
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