Women’s Volleyball Earns Hard-Fought Split

TOWSON, Md. (9/28/13) – The Kean University women's volleyball team found itself on both ends of a pair of five-set matches as the Goucher Tournament wrapped up on Saturday. The Cougars topped Frostburg State University before falling to the host Gophers in the finale.

Though the first match of the day against Frostburg State (3-16) went the maximum five sets, none of the sets were particularly close until the finale.

Trailing 11-9 in the set to 15, Jen Espinal won a point with a kill to get within one. She would then go on to serve the next four points – including a pair of huge aces – to change the course of the final set and help deliver the Kean (13-5) win.

The Cougars saved their best overall hitting performance for the fifth set, where their average was .240 in a match where they hit .171 overall. The Kean defense had an impressive performance in the second set (won by Kean 25-18) where they held Frostburg to a negative (-.133) hitting percentage. Kaitlyn Hansen had seven blocks and Espinal had an impressive 31 digs in the win.

Kean setter Nicollette Poveromo (pictured left) was thrust into the middle of the action today as regular Cougar setter Alana Aranjo was out with an injury. Poveromo responded with a productive day and had 39 assists in the first match alone

She finished the weekend with 83.

Hansen went off in the final game against Goucher - she had 21 kills and hit .576, but the Cougars ran out of gas in their attempt to come back from a 2-0 match deficit.

Hansen was named to the all-tournament team after hitting .383 with 58 kills over the weekend. She also had 14 service aces in the four matches and 17 total blocks. In total, she accounted for 4.58 points per set.

Kean will return home and face NJAC rival Rowan University on Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. in Harwood Arena.