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Hornets Roll to 13th Straight Win Over NCCU

Charles Anyanwu

Dover, Del. (Oct. 8, 2021) — In Friday Night’s contest between the Delaware State University Hornets and the North Carolina Central University Eagles, the lady Hornet volleyball team continued their record-breaking performance and captured their 13th straight win!

The stage was set as the Hornets took the court.

Riding a 12-game win streak and an undefeated record of 4-0 in the MEAC Conference going into Saturday night’s contest, the Hornets took the match in a swift 3-0 straight set victory.

With the homestands filled with screaming fans and the illustrious DSU Approaching Storm Marching Band, the Hornets claimed victory in commanding fashion!

DSU Volleyball Team/Source: Chris Lawson

First Set (25-13) Hornets

In the first set, the Hornets took control early. The Eagles struggled to find a rhythm early on as the Hornets picked apart the Eagles.

With the Eagles suffering an injury in the opening points of the match, the Hornets were able to capitalize and take the first set comfortably.

The Hornets Outside Hitter, #15 Valeria Otero, later served out the first set to take it 25-12 in favor of the Hornets.

Otero notably recorded an ace and 9 kills in the match.

Second Set (25-12) Hornets

With the Eagles serving to start second, the Hornets started the second in similar fashion as they did the first set.

On the very first point of the second, Hornets Middle Blocker, #19 Alondra Maldonado, scored the first point for the Hornets with a booming kill down the Eagles right sideline to get the Hornets going.

From that DSU’s Outside Hitter, #1 Karen Cordero, went on a 4-point service run to extend the lead to 5-1 in favor of the Hornets.

Later in the set, NCCU scored a couple points to get to 12-14. DSU’s #20 Malgorzata Andersohn took the Hornets for a ride and served out the set for a whopping 13 – Point service call to take the second set 25-12.

DSU took a commanding lead of 2-0 as they headed to the locker rooms before the start of the 3rd set.

Third Set (25-20) Hornets

After a brief talk with the coach before the 3rd set, NCCU started to show signs of life as they went up 6-2 to start the third set.

The momentum changed shortly after for the Hornets after back-to-back kills and a block from Cordero, closing the margin to 7-9, in favor of the Eagles.

However, a few swift points, a couple rotations, and kill later, DSU #19 brought it back to 12-12 for the Hornets.

A few points later NCCU called a timeout, with the Hornets leading 17-14 in the final moments of the 3rd set and the match.

After the timeout, the match came to a stalemate yet again as NCCU tied it up at 17-17 and then again at 19-19.

Neither team was budging. Both teams really wanted it!

Then, three points later the Hornets found themselves up 21-19!

With four points to go the Hornets were looking to shut out the Eagles!

Off the serve of DSU Libero #2, Jasmal Cruz, edged them closer and took them to 22-19.

Then, finally, Anderson was subbed back on to deliver the finishing blow!

And with a block from DSU’s #30, Sydney Lewis, the Hornets took the 3rd 25-20! And the match, 3-0!

With the win the Lady Hornets continue this already record-breaking season to go up 17-1 on the season!

Now with their 13th straight victory Friday night, the Hornets advance to 17-1 overall on the season and 5-0 in the MEAC.

Looking for their 14th straight win, the Lady Hornets head into their last contest of their 4-game homestand against South Carolina State.

Cordero and Lewis

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