Coppin State Volleyball defeats local rival UMBC, 3-1

BALTIMORE – A season-high performance by Miajavon Coleman helped Coppin State’s volleyball team defeat UMBC, 3-1 Monday night inside the Chesapeake Employers Arena. Coppin moves to 6-6 on the season while UMBC falls to 5-9.

Coleman had a double-double 21 kills and 16 digs while Paola Caten also recorded a double-double 14 kills and 11 digs. Andrea Tsvetanova led in assists with 44 and Ashley Roman had 16 digs.

Set one, UMBC had an early 20-14 lead before the Eagles went on a 5-1 run to cut into the Retrievers lead. A kill by Miajavon Coleman tied the set at 22 all and another kill sealed the deal for the Eagles to take the set 27-25.

In set two, points were exchanged back and forth before Coppin took a 13-10 lead causing an early timeout by the Retrievers. Coppin went ahead 17-13 before UMBC went on a 4-0 scoring run to tie the set at 17 all. UMBC’s Ayhan Beste finished the set with a kill and took the set 25-21.

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The Eagles took an early 6-3 lead to begin set three. UMBC tied the match at 10 before a 4-0 scoring run gave them the 15-12 lead. Points went back-and forth before a kill by Ahzhi Coleman tied the match at 20. A kill by Sydney Hicks gave the Eagles set point and Coppin took set 3, 25-22 and lead the match 2-1.

A service error by UMBC gave the Eagles point one to begin the fourth set and Coppin capitalized taking an early 7-2 lead. The Retrievers cut into the Eagles lead with a 3-0 scoring run but it was not enough as Coppin stepped on the gas and increased their lead to 14-8 before UMBC used their final timeout. The Eagles finished the set on a 3-0 scoring run to take the set 25-19.

Coppin opens league play on September 24 taking on South Carolina State at 6 p.m. inside Dukes Gymnasium.

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