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W&M Volleyball Makes it Four in a Row, Downs Hofstra 3-1
Updated: Wednesday 11/02/2013 (ET)
by Jacob Skipper
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The William and Mary volleyball team's amazing turnaround continued Saturday night, beating Hofstra 3-1 to extend its winning streak to four in a row, all in conference matches.  The Tribe improved to 11-17 overall and 6-5 in the Colonial Athletic Association with the win, while the Pride fell to 15-11 and 5-5 in league action.

Box Score

The Tribe's night was highlighted by redshirt-freshman Michelle Heath (Rustburg, Va.), who scored 17 kills on a .300 attack, and also had 10 digs, two blocks, and an ace for the double-double.  Sophomore Dessi Koleva (Torrance, Calif.) also had a double-double, pairing 10 kills and 16 digs alongside four blocks and an ace.  Classmate Mallory Brickerd (Ashburn, Va.) had 10 kills and four blocks, and senior Alexandra Ciaccio (Houston, Texas) came off the bench to provide six kills and a block.

On the defensive side of the net, sophomore Carolyn Albright (Raleigh, N.C.) had another superlative performance, collecting nine blocks which is tied for the 15th-best mark ever at W&M in a four-set match.  In the back court, senior Celine Alasomuka (Centreville, Va.) had three service aces and 16 digs.  With her total, Alasomuka moved into second place all-time at the College with 1,357 career digs.  Freshman Gabrielle Pe (Virginia Beach, Va.) had another double-double with 24 assists, 12 digs, and an ace, while classmate Stephanie Paul (North Bethesda, Md.) had 18 assists, four digs, and two more service aces.

The Tribe won the first set, 25-23, after coming back from a two-point deficit late.  Trailing 22-20, Koleva put the team on her back with two kills and a block alongside Albright, forcing a timeout with W&M now leading 23-22.  Coming out of the break, Albright was again big at the net alongside Ciaccio, picking up a huge block to reach set point.  The Pride got one more back with a kill, but then promptly served long and out to give W&M the win.  In the second set, the Tribe was again down 22-20, but this time Hofstra was able to close the deal winning 25-21 to tie the match at 1-1.

After the intermission, the Tribe came back out and won the third set for the fifth match in a row.  Heath had five kills in the frame, which saw the Tribe win eight points in a row early, and each of the final five points en route to a 25-18 win.  In the fourth set, another block from Albright and Koleva ignited a 7-0 run that put W&M ahead 10-4 early, but Hofstra responded and fought to close withine one, at 14-13.  After the Tribe took a timeout to recollect itself, Heath came out with a kill and Koleva and Monika Stanciauskas (Wheaton, Ill.) combined on a block to go back in front by three, 16-13.  From there, Hofstra would never get closer than two, and kills by Brickerd and Koleva put the finishing touch on a 25-22 win and the match victory.

William and Mary returns home next Friday, Nov. 8, hosting James Madison at 7 p.m.  Before the match, the Tribe will take a moment to honor its seniors as they prepare to play in Kaplan Arena for the final time.

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