WASHINGTON – Junior Sarah Katz and freshman Erin Swartz each finished with eight kills to lead the American University volleyball team to a 25-14, 25-15, 25-16 win over the University of Maryland Eastern Shore on Wednesday evening.
The Eagles, who have won seven straight matches, improved to 11-4 on the season, while the Hawks fell to 8-8 overall.
Katz added nine digs and two blocks to her eight kills against UMES, while Swartz finished with a .571 attack percentage.
Also turning in a strong performance on Wednesday was senior Kelly McCaddin, who recorded a .700 hitting percentage with seven kills on 10 attempts, while also notching three blocks and three service aces.
American got out to a successful start in the first set, taking an early 8-2 lead, due in part to a pair of service aces by setter Monika Smidova, who finished the set with three aces. Senior Kristyna Lindovska led the way for the Eagles' hitters in the opening set, scoring five kills, as the Hawks never got closer than five points.
AU took advantage of a 13-2 run early in the second set to take control, and never looked back. McCaddin recorded four kills on five attempts to lead American in the set, while Lindovska registered three service aces.
In the final set, UMES held an early 6-5 advantage before a service run by McCaddin, which included three consecutive aces, put AU on top, 13-6. Again, the Hawks were unable to cut into their deficit, as the Eagles led by as many as 12 points in the 25-16 set victory.
For the match, American recorded a .348 attack percentage and finished with a season-high 10 service aces.
"We hit the ball well the whole day, so I was happy with the attacking, but we were certainly not as good as we need to be defensively on the block," said American head coach Barry Goldberg. "We won the match because we served the ball so well tonight with 10 aces, and hit the ball well.
"When you're scoring points by hitting and serving like we are, you're going to win a lot of games. It was a good job overall, but we have to be better defensively on the net, blocking balls, to be with the upper echelon teams."
The Eagles return to Patriot League action this weekend with a pair of road matches, visiting Holy Cross on Saturday at 4:00 p.m., while facing Army Sunday at 1:00 p.m.