NEW YORK – Freshman Jenna Walsh (Foothill Ranch, Calif.) collected career-highs of 11 kills and eight digs to lead the Seton Hall women’s volleyball team to a sweep of Columbia, 3-0 (25-17, 25-16, 25-18), to win the Big Apple Tournament and claim its seventh straight victory.
The Hall has now won tournament titles in back-to-back weekends and its seven-match win streak is its longest since 2014. Perri Lucas (Chicago, Ill.) and Madeline Matheny (Wilmington, Del.) were named to the All-Tournament Team.
Walsh was spectacular, collecting a team-high 11 kills with no attack errors and a .458 attack percentage. She also had a career-high eight digs.
Lucas had 10 kills, only two attack errors, and a .533 attack percentage. Freshman Anna Holland (Waukesha, Wis.) had a match-high 19 digs to go with three assists.
Seton Hall charged out of the gates in the opening set. Leading 6-4, the Pirates went on an 8-1 run and blocks by Matheny and Amanda Rachwal (Bethlehem, Pa.) gave them a commanding 14-5 advantage. Columbia was never able to cut their deficit to fewer than six points for the remainder of the set. With the Pirates in set point, a kill by Madison Frusha (Huntsville, Texas) won it for The Hall, 25-17.
Leading 12-8 in the second set, the Pirates scored four of the next five points, and a kill by Rachwal gave The Hall a 16-9 lead. Still leading by seven, 23-16, a kill by Lucas put Seton Hall in set point, and a Columbia attack error handed the second set to The Hall. The Pirates had a .444 attack percentage in the second set, which included 14 kills and only two attack errors.
Seton Hall kept up the pressure early in set three, and a kill by Matheny gave it a 9-5 lead. Columbia cut their deficit to 12-10, but the Pirates responded with an 8-1 run, and a kill by Reagan Hopp (Carmel, Ind.) gave them a commanding 20-11 advantage. The Pirates went on to clinch the match with a 25-18 set three victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Walsh had a career-high 11 kills, with no attack errors and eight digs.
- Lucas finished with 10 kills, only two attack errors, and a .533 attack percentage.
- Holland had a match-high 19 digs and three assists.
- Rachwal finished with six kills, a .625 attack percentage and a match-high six blocks.
- Seton Hall recorded a .400 attack percentage for the match, while Columbia attacked at .151.
- The Pirates had 45 kills, while the Lions recorded 36.
- Seton Hall finished with 55 digs, while Columbia had 39.
- The Pirates had 10.0 total blocks, while Columbia had 4.0.
NEWS & NOTES:
- Seton Hall improves to 7-3 on the young season, and has now won seven straight contests. Columbia drops to 2-4.
- The Pirates improve to a perfect 8-0 all-time against Columbia. Seton Hall now owns an all-time set record of 24-2 against the Lions.
- The Hall has now swept two early season tournaments for the first time since the 2014 season. Last weekend, the Pirates claimed the title of the Fairfield Invitational.
- The Hall’s current seven-match win streak is its longest since their famed season of 2014. That year, the Pirates had two separate winning streaks of at least nine matches, including a 12-match winning streak.
- Lucas has now reached double-figures in kills in nine of 10 matches so far this year.
- Seton Hall out-blocked Columbia today, 10.0-to-4.0. It’s the ninth time in 10 matches this season that Pirates have out-blocked their opponent. They’re 7-2 in those matches.
- The Pirates have held seven straight opponents to under a .200 attack percentage for the match.
Seton Hall will return to action next weekend for three matches as part of the UNF Invitational in Jacksonville, Fla. The Pirates will play Florida International at 1:30 p.m., followed by Middle Tennessee at 4:30 p.m. On Saturday, The Hall will wrap up the tournament with a contest against host North Florida at 5:00 p.m.