WASHINGTON, D.C.- Most of this past Sunday, the Coppin State Lady Eagles Volleyball team didn’t play like themselves. It costed the Lady Eagles dearly as Howard played like they were on fire in their 25-17, 25-18, 25-21 sweep of Coppin State at the Burr Gymnasium on Sunday afternoon.
CSU made way too many small errors, added to the fact that Howard’s blocking dominated the game helped make the day a bit more difficult for the Lady Eagles.
Anytime Coppin State (6-14, 3-3 MEAC) would attempt to mount a run, the Lady Eagles would either shoot themselves in the foot with an error of some kind or Howard’s blocking would flatten the rally.
You could tell at times that Howard had a lot more energy and hustle on the court than Coppin, which saw their two-game winning streak come to a halt.
While Coppin State head coach Ashley Preston declined to comment on Sunday afternoon’s match, Howard head coach Shaun Kupferberg’s buzzword of the day was consistency for his Bison.
“Our job is to just be consistent,” said Kupferberg after his Bison won their second straight and five of their last six matches. “We’ve really been up and down all year. This is a consistent match for us, so that was nice. We finally put stuff together where we weren’t giving up runs and we didn’t really give (Coppin) a chance to get any momentum, which is a good thing.”
Among the bright spots for Coppin State, sophomore middle blocker Kandace Thomas led the Lady Eagles with 13 kills and a sparkling .526 hitting percentage. As for the Bison, junior middle blocker Assata Conway led everyone with 14 kills while freshman outside hitter Katherine Broussard followed with 11.
However, the big difference for Howard (15-6, 4-1 MEAC) was in the blocking department. The Bison doubled Coppin 8-4 in blocks. Kupferberg said about the blocking, ”We’re getting better there. It’s one of our areas of focus. It’s just getting better with our block. We’ve had some great games and some bad games. So it’s all about the reads.”
Howard hosts Bucknell in the battle of the Bison this evening at 5 pm inside the Burr Gymnasium.
Coppin State is back on the road tomorrow night as they head to Charles Street to take on the Loyola Greyhounds at Reitz Arena. Coppin has already swept Loyola on September 13 at the UMBC Tournament.