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CHAMPIONS!!!! TOWSON SWEEPS DELAWARE TO CAPTURE FOURTH CONSECUTIVE CAA TITLE

    TOWSON, Md. – The Towson University volleyball team faced off against the Delaware Blue Hens in the CAA Championship tonight. The Tigers (29-1, 15-1 CAA) swept the Blue Hens (17-11, 10-6 CAA) to clinch their fourth straight CAA Championship 25-15, 25-21, 25-22.

    Key Stats vs Delaware:

    • Towson had eight aces compared to three for the Blue Hens.
    • The Tigers finished with a .350 hit percentage, totaling higher than .300 in all three sets.
    • Victoria Barrett finished with 16 kills on a .500 hit percentage, six digs and two total blocks.

    How It Happened vs Delaware:

    • Katie McCracken gave the Tigers a fast start with back-to-back aces, but Delaware tied the score up after two attack errors by the Tigers. Towson regained the lead after a 10-3 run that included five Victoria Barrett kills and a Fay Bakodimou ace to have a 12-5 lead.
    • The Blue Hens countered with a 4-1 run to close the gap, but Towson countered with a 6-1 run, which included McCracken's third ace of the set to earn a 19-10 advantage. Both teams traded points until the Tigers won the set 25-15.
    • Towson jumped out to a 7-3 lead to open the second set behind Irbe Lazda's three kills. Delaware was able to reduce its deficit to two twice, but the Tigers responded both times.
    • Towson went on a 4-1 run to have a 15-10 advantage, but the Blue Hens cut their deficit to three after a 5-2 run. The Tigers responded with three kills and a Sydney Stewart ace to take a 21-14 lead.
    • Delaware went on a 6-2 run to trail by three again but kills from Aayinde Smith and Barrett gave Towson a 25-21 set win.
    • The Tigers earned a 6-2 lead to start the third set, but the Blue Hens scored five consecutive points to take a 7-6 advantage. Towson and Delaware went back and forth until the Blue Hens got back-to-back kills to earn a 10-8 edge.
    • The Tigers went on a 4-1 run to regain the lead at 12-11, but Delaware countered with its own 4-1 run to earn a 15-13 advantage. Towson scored four straight points to retake the lead after back-to-back blocks from Lydia Wiers and Barrett gave the Tigers a 17-15 edge.
    • The Blue Hens took the lead back after a 4-1 run, but Towson responded with a 6-1 run to face match point. Delaware got consecutive points to reduce its deficit to two, but a ball-handling error by the Blue Hens sealed the match for the Tigers.

    Inside the Numbers vs Delaware:

    • Victoria Barrett was named the CAA Tournament MVP after totaling 47 kills across three matches. Nina Cajic and Aayinde Smith also were named to the CAA Volleyball All-Tournament Team.
    • The Tigers had four players finish with a hit percentage of .400 or higher. Nina Cajic finished with a team-high .579 hit percentage and 11 kills. This is Cajic's 11th match with a .500 or higher hit percentage this season.
    • Fay Bakodimou and Rachel Hess each had a team-high eight digs. Bakodimou added five kills and two aces, while Hess added three assists and one ace.
    • Katie McCracken led the Tigers with 23 assists and three aces. McCracken has finished with 20 or more assists in three of the last four matches.
    • Towson finished the season perfect at SECU Arena, going 16-0.
    • The Tigers have totaled 18 sweeps throughout the year, with eight occurring at SECU Arena.
    • Towson is the first team to four-peat as CAA Champions since George Mason won five in 1992-96.
    • The Tigers have made the NCAA Tournament for the fourth consecutive season.

    Next Game:
    Towson has earned an automatic qualifier in the NCAA Tournament. The Tigers will find out their opponent on Sunday, Nov. 29th, at 7:30 p.m. on ESPNU.

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