Dover, Del. (Nov. 15, 2019) --- Delaware State was two points from a four-set defeat, but stormed back to upend Coppin State 3-2 in a MEAC match this season. The win, coupled with Maryland-Eastern Shore’s victory over Morgan State creates a three-way tie between Delaware State, Coppin State and Maryland-Eastern Shore for third place in the MEAC North standings with 7-7 division records. The top four teams in the division qualify for the MEAC Championship Tournament later this month.
Delaware State will host Morgan State and Coppin State will visit MDES on the final day of the regular season on Sunday. A win by the Hornets vs. Morgan State would assure a spot for DSU in the MEAC Tournament for the first time since 2010.
In tonight’s contest, the Hornets won the first set 25-20. Coppin State evened the match with a 25-19 victory in set two, and opened up a 2-1 lead with a 25-20 win in the third set.
In the fourth set, Delaware State led 5-1 in the early going, but the Eagles answered with a 16-6 run to take control of the match. Coppin State’s Sydney Hicks capped off the run with a kill to give her team a 17-11 lead.
The Eagles were within two points of the match win after opening up a 23-18 lead.
Delaware State responded by scoring the last eight points of the set to complete the comeback. Sydney Lewis recorded a kill earlier in the run and scored the final point of the set on a block to tie the match at 2-2.
In the decisive fifth set, the score was tied at 1,2, 3, 5, 7, 9, 12 and 13. Neither team led by more than two points in the set.
The Hornets took the lead for good on a kill by Anadys Valentin off a feed from Freja Gortz and the duo connected again for the winning point.
Valentin led all players with 18 kills, while Jordan Vang added 15 for the Hornets. Gortz had a career-best 55 assists.
Sunday’s Delaware State/Morgan State match is set for 2;00 p.m. in Memorial Hall.