BALTIMORE – Coppin State’s volleyball team swept a MEAC matchup with archrival Morgan State, 3-0 (25-22, 25-19, 27-25) on Friday night at the Bears’ Hill Field House. The Eagles improve to 8-7 overall and 2-1 in league play while Morgan falls to 3-14 on the year along with a 1-2 mark in the MEAC.as
Paola Caten led Coppin with 12 kills on .290 hitting and added five digs and two aces while Miajavon Coleman added nine kills and seven digs. Middle hitters Ahzhi Coleman and Jordan Celestine pitched in with six kills apiece and Hope Casel finished with four more.
Andrea Tsvetanova led all players with 34 assists as Coppin outhit Morgan, .180 to .160, and Ashley Roman was credited with a match-high 14 digs. Roman passed both Glorines Rosado and Andrea McGant on CSU’s all-time digs list and now stands second all-time with 1,094 career digs.
As expected in a rivalry match, the opening set was back-and-forth for most of the period. Trailing, 18-17, Miajavon Coleman tied it up with a kill to start a 5-0 run, which she also finished with a kill. Morgan pulled to within 23-21 after a pair of CSU errors but Caten and Casel put it away with a pair of kills.
The Eagles never trailed in the second set as they opened it on a 5-1 run with kills by Caten and Ahzhi Coleman. Morgan got no closer than, 5-3 as the Eagles continued to slowly pull away. Coppin sealed the set with four of the last six points, featuring an ace and a kill by Caten and kills by both Ahzhi Coleman and Miajavon Coleman.
Coppin looked like it was running away with it early in the third set, but Morgan fought back to tie it up at 15-15 and eventually held a 21-18 lead. Kills from Caten and Miajavon Coleman cut the deficit to 21-20 but the Bears answered with two-straight points to extend their advantage back to 23-20. Coleman responded with a kill and forced an error to make the score 23-22, prompting a MSU timeout. Coppin served an error following the stoppage, giving Morgan a set-point, but the Coleman sisters combined on a block to tie the set at 24-24.
Miajavon Coleman gave CSU back the lead at 25-24 with a kill, but Morgan tied it up once again with a kill. The Eagles defense was able to force back-to-back errors to seal the match and Coppin swept Morgan for the second-straight match.
CSU closes its four-game road trip to open MEAC play as it travels to Norfolk State on Friday, October 8 for a 6 pm start. The Eagles will host Howard at 1 pm on Sunday, October 10 before welcoming Maryland Eastern Shore for Pink Night on Friday, October 15 at 6 pm.
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