BY DOMENIC ALLEGRA, ASSISTANT SPORTS EDITOR
On Sept. 13 and 14, Women’s volleyball participated in the Maryland Tournament at the University of Maryland (UMD).
Women’s volleyball first took on the Princeton Tigers, losing in a close first set 25-22. Mason failed to even the score, losing again in the second set 25-14. Princeton finished the match by defeating Mason in the third set 25-16.
Mason volleyball’s next opponent was the host team, UMD. Mason won the first set by two, 28-26. The Terrapins then equalized the sets by winning set two, 25-15. Mason volleyball then took control by winning the third set, 25-23. UMD then blew out the Patriots in the fourth set, 25-9. With the score tied, the Patriots managed to win the last set 16-14.
Women’s volleyball finished the tournament playing Arkansas. After a close first set, the Razorbacks pulled out a win, 25-20. The Patriots then answered back with a 25-19 second set win. However, Mason’s efforts were not enough as they lost the next two sets, 25-20 and 25-14. Mason finished with a record of 1-2 in the tournament.
As of Sept. 20, Men’s soccer is currently on a five-game losing streak, with four of those five losses on the road, and one at home. The Patriots will have to recuperate if they want their Atlantic 10 Championship hopes to stay alive.
Men’s soccer first lost to Navy, 1-0 on Sept. 2. Next, they lost to Appalachian State, 2-0 on Sept. 6. After that was a 3-0 loss to Campbell on Sept. 8. Then came Liberty University on Sept. 14 who beat Mason at home, 3-1. Finally, Mason lost to Drexel University 2-0 on Sept. 17.
Mason has two games left in non conference play against Bucknell on Sept. 24, and at Longwood on Oct. 1. Men’s soccer plays their first A-10 conference game against George Washington on Sept. 28.
Men’s soccer will play four home conference games this season against Dayton (Oct. 5), Davidson (Oct. 12), La Salle (Oct. 23) and VCU (Nov. 2).
Last week, Mason took on the Towson Tigers, winning 1-0. The first half was uneventful, as there were only a combined three shots on goal (two for Mason, one for Towson).
However, at the 37th minute sophomore Emma van der Vorst collided with the goalie, leaving van der Vorst on the ground. She did not return to the game and there has not been an update from team officials.
The scoring silence was broken by Emily Bradshaw in the 51st minute. The goal was assisted by Gabriela Rivera.
Towson never scored the equalizer, leaving Mason with a victory.