ALBANY, N.Y. — The Hartford volleyball team came up short in America East action at UAlbany, falling in three sets to the Great Danes on Friday evening. The Hawks (2-14) fall to 0-3 in league action, while the Great Danes (6-11) improve to 2-1 in the conference with the victory.
SET ONE: UALBANY 25, HARTFORD 20
Facing an early deficit, the Hawks used a 5-1 run that included three straight points to take a 7-4 advantage in the opening set. But the home team rallied and scored eight of the next 10 points to push ahead by a 12-8 count. Hartford managed to slash the deficit to one on three occasions down the stretch, with a Great Danes’ attack error making it a 21-20 disadvantage, but UAlbany scored each of the final four points to seal the win in the opening set.
SET TWO: UALBANY 25, HARTFORD 19
The Hawks battled back from an early deficit to tie up the score at 7-7 on a Valerie Diede service ace. But with the score knotted at 8-8, UAlbany, which hit .371 and delivered 17 kills in the set, created a comfortable cushion after scoring the next six points. Hartford managed to slash a 16-10 deficit in half on a pair of Great Danes’ miscues and a service ace from Alex Lucero, but the Great Danes clamped down to take the six-point victory.
SET THREE: UALBANY 25, HARTFORD 12
A dominant performance in the third set allowed the Great Danes to run away with an early advantage. After racing out to a 6-1 lead, UAlbany pushed the margin to 11-3 before eventually going up by nine at 18-9 behind the strength of a 4-0 spurt. The Hawks would never recover down the stretch, as the Great Danes coasted to the 13-point win.
INSIDE THE BOX & NOTES
- Camryn Luginbuhl posted a double-double with 10 kills and 16 digs to lead the Hawks in both categories
- It is the rookie’s fifth double-double of the season
- Freshman Morgan Galligan led all players with 22 assists
- Danielle Tedesco led a well-rounded Great Danes’ offense with a game-high 12 kills
- UAlbany, which combined for 14 blocks, held Hartford to a .088 hitting percentage
- The Great Danes improve to 41-44 against the Hawks with the win
NEXT ON TAP
The Hawks remain on the road for their next match, when they head to Vestal, N.Y., to face Binghamton. First serve is set for 1 p.m.