The Screaming Eagles won the first set 25-19, but could not sustain the lead as they fell in 4 sets 25-19, 22-25, 25-27, 22-25.
During the opening set, CSE jumped out to an early lead. The Screaming Eagles were lead by 3 straight service points by freshman Nicole Morera to take a 12-9 lead. After a series of unforced errors by Rutgers-Newark, the Eagles jumped out to a 20-16 lead. The rest of the first set was a back and forth affair, with the Eagles ultimately winning the set 25-19.
The second set was another back and forth toggle, with Rutgers-Newark taking an early 7-5 lead. Katie Cooper, the Screaming Eagles star defenseman, once again led the team on defense. She was all over the court saving point after point for the Eagles. The Eagles had a series of unforced errors to find themselves trailing 16-10 halfway through the second set. Junior Ireyah Stevens had the highlight of the second round with a killer block that pulled CSE to within 17-15. Subhana Wrights led a late rally with 2 straight points to get the Eagles to within 22-20. The Scarlet Knights, however, hung on late in the second set to take it 25-22.
With the match tied 1-1, CSE got on the board early with a 6-4 lead. Kiana Cunningham had a nice block at the net to extend CSE’s lead to 7-5. Another tight set found the score knotted at 10-10 after the Eagles forced 2 straight unforced errors. CSE took an 18-16 lead after an ace from senior Cheyenne Grant. Katie Cooper showed she is not just a defensive player, adding 3 straight service points to get the Eagles to set point. The Scarlet Knights managed to scrape 4 straight points to tie up at the score at 24-24. The Screaming Eagles could not hold on as the Knights took the third set 27-25.
The 4th set did not go as the Screaming Eagles anticipated as they quickly fell behind 9-1. After a timeout by coach Martins, the Eagles ripped off 5 straight points to close the gap to within 9-6. The Eagles kept the momentum going as they tied up the score at 14 after trailing by 8 early in the set. Wrights once again led the charge at net with a beautifully placed spike to give the Eagles a 21-19 lead. The Eagles lead was short lived however, as the Knights came back to win the fourth set 25-22.
Subhana Wrights finished with the 2nd most kills in the Screaming Eagles’ history with 19. It was also tied for the most kills ever in a 4 set match. Katie Cooper also tied her season high with 29 digs for CSE.
CSE dropped to 11-14 on the season. The Screaming Eagles return to action as they host NEAC volleyball this weekend. The Eagles first match is Saturday at 11 am vs. Cobleskill.