Oct. 21, 2013
ANNAPOLIS, Md. -- The Navy volleyball team will step away from Patriot League play Tuesday night when the Midshipmen play host to Towson in a 7 p.m. match in the Wesley A. Brown Field House. Live statistics from the match will be available on NavySports.com.
There is no admission charge for any Navy home volleyball match.
All fans without a Department of Defense identification card will need to either park outside of the Naval Academy and walk through the security checkpoint or else ride the free shuttle bus to and from the matches. The shuttle bus will originate from and return to Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium (parking is $5. per vehicle). For directions, shuttle bus location and answers to other game day related questions, please visit the following link:
Game Day Information.
Navy split a pair of league matches last week. The Mids began the week by posting a four-set win over Loyola and ended it with suffering a three-set loss to American. Those matches left Navy with an 8-11 record on the year and a 4-4 mark against league foes.
"Towson is a critical make or break match for us," said Navy head coach Larry Bock. "We know we are in that really fun time of the year when we learn and improve through matches. We are crunching a whole lot of information from our matches last week to work into our plan for Towson. This match will be a nice measuring stick for our team to test their recovery abilities."
Headlining Navy's efforts last week was Katie Sylakowski (So., Escondido, Calif.). After the middle hitter posted 11 kills, a .381 attack percentage and six blocks against the Greyhounds, she did not commit an attack error in recording eight kills and a .500 attack percentage against the Eagles.
"The fact that Katie was able to perform so well, especially against American, in an imperfect environment speaks real well for the near and long-term future of both her and the team," said Bock.
Navy's non-starters also contributed valuable court time during both matches last week.
"Our bench did a great job," said Bock. "They gave us some really good lifts in the middle of both matches. It was those players who challenge our starters every day in practice who helped us climb back in the second set of our match against American."
Towson enters the match with a 6-19 record on the season and a 0-7 mark in the Colonial Athletic Association. Included among the non-CAA losses for the Tigers this season have been defeats to Virginia Tech, Michigan State, Pacific, North Carolina State and Missouri. Towson also has suffered a pair of five-set losses in CAA play.
Statistically, Towson is averaging just one fewer kill a set than its opponents are (12.2-11.3 kps), but the Tigers are being outhit by their foes by the count of .220-.158. Defensively, Towson is averaging 12.2 digs and 2.0 blocks per set, while its opponents are averaging 12.0 digs and 2.4 blocks a set.
Saitaua Iosia leads Towson with an average of 2.96 kills a set, with Victoria Williams ranking second on the team at 2.40 kills a set. Iosia also leads the Tigers in service aces (0.26 saps) and is the top non-libero on the squad in digs (2.32 dps).
Towson holds a 13-4 advantage over Navy in the series between the teams since the Mids moved to the Division I level in 1991. This includes a 7-2 advantage in matches played on The Yard. The last time the teams met was when the Tigers posted a win over the Mids in Towson in 2009, with the previous match between the teams being a Towson victory in Annapolis in 2000.