New Haven holds off Pace comeback
Chargers lose two-set lead, hang on to win five-set thriller
WEST HAVEN, Conn. -- New Haven defeated Pace in a close five-set match at Charger Gymnasium (25-19, 29-27, 23-25, 19-25, 18-16). With the win, the top-seeded Chargers improved to 22-6 on the season, while Pace concluded its season at 20-11.
In a match of back-and-forth runs, the Chargers pulled off the victory to stay alive in the NCAA postseason. Both teams had match points in the fifth set, but a block gave the Chargers the match-winning point.
The Chargers hit at a .224 clip with 69 kills and 21 errors on 214 attempts. Junior outside hitting Keidy Candelaria led the team with 24 kills and a season-high 82 attempts. She added 22 digs and one block in the win.
Middle Amber Cannady added double-digit kills with 14, while adding three total kills. Elizabeth Akinbiyi also tallied 10 kills in the match.
Defensively, freshman Kaulana Ane led the team with 27 digs, while Heather Ladao added 26 digs. Setter Chelsey Alpough handed out 53 assists in the match as well.