Tufts rallies past Roger Williams
Jumbos capture last two sets to pick up 3-2 win against Hawks
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Tufts rallied from a 2-1 deficit to defeat Roger Williams in five sets at the 2011 NCAA Championship hosted by Springfield College on Friday afternoon.
Fifth-seed Roger Williams led throughout the first set and posted a 25-18 victory to take a 1-0 lead. After fourth-seeded Tufts pulled away for a 25-20 victory in the second set, the Hawks dominated the third set 25-12 to jump in front 2-1. Facing elimination, the Jumbos won 25-18 in the fourth set and then took the match with a 15-12 win in the fifth set. It was their fifth five-set win of the season.
Tufts improved to 25-6 overall and 7-5 in its NCAA tournament history. Coach Cora Thompson's team is appearing in its fourth consecutive NCAA Championship, and sixth overall. Roger Williams ends its season at 28-4.
The Jumbos had three players finish in double-digits for kills. Izzy Kuhel was the most efficient with 10 kills and three errors in 26 attempts. Hayley Hopper and Kelly Brennan finished with 13 and 11 kills, respectively. The Jumbos added eight service aces, led by three from Cara Spieler.
The Tufts defense had four players with over 10 digs, led by Audrey Kuan who recorded 21 on the night. Kuhel had three solos and an assist to lead the Jumbo blocking game.
Krystie Luczynski swung for a match-high 18 kills to pace RWU. Four aces by Marilu Gonzalez-Yanez led the Hawks' service game. Her 23 digs were also the match-high, and were supplemented by 22 from Kelsee Loche.