Pirates secure first win of season over BinghamtonDate: September 7, 2019
By: Angelique McKenzie
The Seton Hall women’s volleyball team received their first win of the season by beating Binghamton University, three sets to one on Saturday morning. This brings them to a record of 1-5 and ends their five-game losing streak.
The first set began with the Pirates getting on the board first and taking a quick lead on their home court. The set would end 25-19 as Seton Hall won their first set of the weekend. Set two was back and forth for a while before the Pirates began to pull away 16-12 forcing Binghamton into a timeout. The Hall would go onto win the set 25-18.
The third set went to Binghamton as they took the early lead going up three to nothing. The Pirates attempted to battle back but would ultimately lose the set 25-19. As the fourth set began Seton Hall made it clear that they intended to end the game quickly, going up eight to three early. Binghamton was unable to catch up and the Pirates won the final set 25-14.
The Pirates ultimately rode to victory on the backs of freshmen Reagan Hopp and Julia Wilkins. Hopp finished the game with a double-double of 14 kills and 13 digs, while Wilkins set a career- high with 16 kills of her own.
When asked about how she felt about finally having a win on the season head coach Allison Yaeger had this to say, “It’s great. Our freshmen were a huge huge huge part of that. I’ve said from the beginning of the season, we are very young, we are very inexperienced. And I knew that it was gonna take a little bit for us to get going.”
“I’ve been waiting all season for that,” is what Yaeger had to say when asked about the performances of Hopp and Wilkins. “I couldn’t be happier. I mean Hopp is on the court for six rotations she never comes off and when Julia comes in for her three rotations, she does a phenomenal job for us.”
Coach Yaeger was also quick to heap some praise onto some of the other freshmen, Raygan Murray, and Grace Rosenberg, saying that they are doing a great job of filling some of the major roles on the team.
This looks to be true as Rosenberg finished the game with five kills on 10 attempts. Despite Murray’s stat line not being very flashy at first glance, zero kills on one attempt, she was a part of nearly every play as she ended the game with 19 digs. Hopefully, the team will continue to ride this moment as they take on Northeastern at 7 p.m. tonight in Walsh Gymnasium.
Angelique McKenzie can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.