Women’s volleyball shutout by Hoftsra

Jordan Baron, sports editor

The Northeastern women’s volleyball team had their losing streak upheld Wednesday evening, as they lost to Hofstra University 3-0.

The Huskies (7-9, 1-3 CAA) dropped their third conference match of the season with the loss, while the Pride (9-7, 2-2 CAA) moved to .500 in conference play.

NU came out swinging in the first set, putting together an early 3-0 run to take a 5-2 lead. Hofstra did not give up, however, and followed a few points later with their own 4-0 run to go up 10-9. Moments later, a 6-0 Pride run gave the Hofstra squad a commanding lead at 17-11. The Huskies never recovered, and the Pride went on to win the set 25-20.

Hofstra continued their momentum going into set number two, putting together back-to-back 3-0 and 2-0 runs to go up 5-1. The Huskies showed some signs of life however, and went on a 6-0 run of their own to take the set lead at 10-8. Moments later, any momentum from the Husky squad was quickly diminished by a 7-0 Pride run that put Hofstra ahead 16-11. A subsequent 3-0 run sealed NU’s fate, as the Pride ran away with the set 25-18.

The third set started with back-and-forth scoring before the Huskies struck a 5-0 run to take a commanding 10-5 lead. After another point secured an 11-6 lead, the hopeful NU squad ran into a tsunami of the Pride offense, who struck for back-to-back-to-back 5-0, 4-0 and 3-0 runs to go up 18-13. The Huskies never recovered, losing the set 25-18 and the game.

The loss marks the third in a row for the Huskies, who now fall two games below .500 on the year. Senior middle-blocker Natalie Shollin put up 10 kills on a .714 hitting percentage while junior setter Samantha Shupe put up 27 total assists in the losing effort.

The Huskies will look to halt their losing streak in a match against UNCW (11-6) on Friday.