Pirates Take Down the Big Green 3-1 in Second Game of Seton Hall ClassicDate: September 17, 2022
By: Bobby Steiner
Seton Hall Athletics
The Seton Hall Pirates volleyball team improved their record to 8-3 Saturday afternoon after defeating the Dartmouth Big Green (7-2), 3-1.
The Pirates fought hard against a Dartmouth team that had only lost once going into the game, shutting down the Big Green’s high-powered offense.
Perri Lucas was in control from the start, leading the team with 19 kills to go with a .349 hit percentage. Jenna Walsh was second on the team, as she tallied 13 kills for the fourth consecutive match.
Asli Subasili had an impressive defensive showing with a team-leading seven blocks alongside four aces. Taylor Jakubowski led the team with five aces and accounted for over half of the team’s 49 assists with 28. The only other Pirate with double-digit assists was Madison Klungel with 11.
Lucas opened the scoring for the Hall in the first set, setting the tone for the rest of the match. Her early spikes paired with Sabusili’s three consecutive aces kept Dartmouth’s early lead small. The set went back-and-forth until Lucas scored the Pirates’ final three points to secure a 25-23 win.
The second set was when Walsh broke out, helping Lucas’ strong start. The set was capitalized by a 4-0 scoring run by Seton Hall to close it out. Walsh started it with her fourth kill of the set, followed up by Jakubowski’s back-to-back aces, then Lucas once again hit the decisive spike for a 25-21 win.
The third set was where the Pirates briefly faltered, allowing Dartmouth to go on two separate 4-0 runs, a 5-0 run, and a final 3-0 run to get the Big Green to set point. Seton Hall had several 3-0 runs of their own to keep the set close, ultimately losing 25-23.
Mason Woo had a strong showing in this set, at one point tying the set at 20 with an ace. Woo put in solid work defensively as well, collecting 18 digs, second only to Anna Holland’s 20 for the team’s high.
The fourth set seemed to be a continuation of the previous, with the Pirates allowing an early 5-0 run while committing 12 errors throughout. At one point, Dartmouth was leading 23-15 and were threatening to force a fifth and final set.
Seton Hall wouldn’t go down without a fight, though. They scored eight unanswered points to tie the set at 23. In accordance with the rest of the match, Lucas hit the go-ahead spike, and Walsh picked up a match-clinching ace to win the final set 26-24.
This was the first game of a day-night doubleheader. After the Seton Hall Classic, the Pirates’ next match is Sept. 23 at home against UConn to kick off Big East play.
Bobby Steiner can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.