Northeastern women’s volleyball on four-game winning streak


Hunter Peters

Erica Staunton and the Northeastern Huskies will play Delaware on Oct. 16 at the Cabot Center.

Annah Chaya, news staff

The Northeastern Huskies volleyball team’s season (6-6, 2-0 CAA) is in full swing and currently on a four-game winning streak, the longest winning streak in the CAA conference so far. The streak includes wins against Bryant College (6-8, 0-0 NEC), Harvard University (3-6, 0-0 Ivy League) and most recently the College of William & Mary (3-4, 0-2 CAA). The team played William & Mary on both Saturday, Sept. 18 and Sunday, Sept. 19, coming out on top in both games. 


On Saturday, the Tribe took the first set 25-20. However, the Huskies did not let that discompose them and went on to take the next three sets with scores of 25-22, 25-22 and 25-18, finishing with a 3-1 final. NU ended with an overall hitting percentage of .266, compared to William and Mary’s .150. 


Game leaders of the Saturday game included Erica Staunton, a junior outside hitter who had a total of 16 kills and two blocks, a season-high for her kills record, and Nailah Jenkins, a junior middle blocker with a total of 11 kills and six blocks. 


On Sunday, the Huskies once again took on the Tribe as the visiting team. While still on a winning high from the previous day, the game went in the Huskies’ favor with a 3-0 sweep. The game ended with a Husky hitting percentage of .279 while the Tribe fell at the .085 mark, pushing their record below .500 for the first time this season. 


Game leaders once again included Jenkins, with five kills and five blocks, and sophomore outside hitter Defne Arliel, who led the team with eight kills and six blocks. 


Before the season, Staunton and Jenkins were both announced as Preseason All-CAA honorees. Staunton was awarded first-team All-CAA honoree, while Jenkins was awarded first-team All-CAA and CAA All-Tournament accolades. Kayla Martin and Jenkins, both juniors on the volleyball team, were recently named to the Northeastern Tournament All-Tournament team.   


These wins were the Huskies’ first two conference wins of the 2021 season. The team will face off against University of North Carolina Wilmington next on Oct. 2 at the Cabot Center.