By Steven Kramer, Director of Athletic Communications – Coppin St
Coppin State’s volleyball team hosts crosstown rival Loyola University Maryland on Wednesday, September 8, starting at 6 pm.
The Eagles are 0-3 against the Greyhounds under head coach Tim Walsh, falling 3-1 at Loyola in their last meeting in 2019.
CSU last hosted Loyola in 2004.
Teams: Coppin State Eagles (5-5) vs. Loyola Greyhounds (7-3)
Date/Time: Wednesday, September 15 | 6:00 pm
Location: Baltimore, Md. (PEC Arena)
Series History: Loyola Leads, 20-3
LAST TIME OUT
Behind a double-double 29 assists and ten digs from Andrea Tsvetanova, Coppin swept GW, 3-0 on September 8. It was the first win in program-history against the Colonials. Miajavon Coleman had 11 kills, Paola Caten (10), Jordan Celestine (8). Ashley Roman had 18 digs.
The Eagles got up 2-0 against Robert Morris and were up 22-15, in the third, but the Colonials rallied for a 3-2 victory to open the George Mason Invitational.
After falling to UNC Greensboro in four sets, Coppin swept George Mason in three sets. Andrea Tsvetanova tallied 41 assists in the win over the Patriots, establishing a new school-record for a CSU player against a non-conference opponent in three sets. It was the most assists by any CSU player in a 3-set match since 2014, and the most by a MEAC player in 3 sets since 2019.
Following the weekend, Caten and Celestine were named to the All-Tournament Team.
On Monday, Roman was named the MEAC Defensive Specialist of the Week after averaging 4.93 assists per set while Tsvetanova once again earned Setter of the Week honors.
CLIMBING THE CHARTS
Senior Miajavon Coleman is cementing herself as one of the top players in CSU history as she ranks among the school’s all-time leaders in several offensive categories. Coleman sits 3rd in CSU history with 1,151 career kills and 1,226.5 points. Her 3.54 kills per set for her career is just shy of a school-record.
Senior Jordan Celestine ranks fourth in school-history with 199 career blocks. At the Penn Tournament, Celestine matched a career-high with seven blocks against Bucknell before upping that just hours later with eight blocks at Penn.
Junior Ashley Roman already sits fourth in school-history with 1,008 career digs while her 4.75 digs per set are a school-record. At the Penn Tournament, she recorded her 19th and 20th match with at least 20 digs, establishing a new school-record. She now has 22 of those matches.
Roman ranks 15th among all active players with 4.75 digs per set in her career.
In his fifth season at the helm of the Eagles program, head coach Tim Walsh is the winningest coach in school-history with 45 victories. This included the team’s first MEAC North Division Title and winning season during the Spring 2020 season.
The Greyhounds stand at 7-3 with their only losses coming to West Virginia, Stony Brook and Towson while defeating several opponents very familiar to the Eagles in Hampton, Morgan State, Maryland Eastern Shore, George Washington and Georgetown.
Abby Hamilton leads Loyola’s attack with 133 kills with Cat Vaccaro, Megan Bukala and Cecylia Guye following with 49 kills, 48 kills, and 44 kills, respectively. Lauren Link and Sophie Brenner also average well over two kills per set.
Kacy Sekunda has been the primary setter at 9.43 assists/set while Ashley Dwyer has been successful in her time with 6.89 assists/set.
Katie Forsythe is one of the top liberos in the Nation, averaging an impressive 6.06 digs/set while Brenner and Hamilton have tallied over three digs/set in their 6-rotations. Five other Greyhounds average well over two digs per set as well.
At the net, CSU attackers will need to be wary of Adara Kellogg who is putting up nearly a block per set. Sekunda, Maya Dudockin, Guye and Hamilton also have at least ten blocks on the season.
Coppin is scheduled to compete in Fordham’s Rose Hill Classic on September 17-18 in Bronx, N.Y. The Eagles will face St. Francis Brooklyn and the Host Rams on Friday, followed by Providence on Saturday.