Women’s volleyball’s two-set lead unraveled by Elon

Jordan Baron, sports editor

The Northeastern women’s volleyball team suffered a heartbreaking loss Sunday after taking a two-set lead and then losing the remaining three to Elon University.

The loss sent the Huskies (7-7) back to .500 on the season, while the Phoenix (7-8) inched slightly closer to the same mark.

The Huskies started the first set strong, putting together early 3-0 and 4-0 runs to take a 13-8 lead. The Phoenix were not ready to give up, however, as they swept together a 7-0 run and took a 15-13 lead. Down 19-16 later on, the Huskies regained their momentum with a 5-0 scoring run to take a 21-19 lead. NU won the set 25-23.

The second set again started off strong for the Huskies who immediately took a 4-0 lead. A 3-0 run soon after put them up 8-2. NU held the lead for the rest of the set, and a late 3-0 run pushed them to a 25-19 win.

What goes up must come down, however, and the Husky momentum found itself on the downsweep come the third set.

Back-to-back 3-0 runs by Elon gave them an early 10-5 lead. A 4-0 scoring run seemed to bury the Huskies as the Phoenix jumped into a 14-7 lead. The Huskies put together an impressive 9-0 run to move ahead by two at 17-15, and were poised to win the match at 22-19 later in the set. The Phoenix turned their game up a notch though, and ended with a 6-0 run to secure the set victory, 25-22.

Elon jumped to an early 3-2 score in the fourth set and maintained their one point lead for much of the game. Up 19-18, the Phoenix went on a 3-0 scoring run and locked up the set victory, 25-23.

With the match all evened up, the surging Phoenix scored four points in a row to go up 9-6 midway through. Back-to-back 3-0 runs dismantled any Husky attempt at redemption, and Elon took the final set by a score of 15-9, winning the match 3-2.

Senior middle-blocker Natalie Shollin led the team with 12 kills, while junior setter Samantha Shupe and freshman setter Liz Carroll combined for 46 assists throughout the match.

The Huskies will get a week to recover from this blow before continuing their road trip against Towson University (12-2).