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SHU Volleyball Team Takes Two Out of Three to Start the Season

by Tony Griffo | Posted on Sunday, August 31st, 2014

The Seton Hall Volleyball team played very well at the Hurricane Invitational this weekend to open the 2014 Season, as they won two of the three matches that they played.

On Friday, they were paired against host Miami and lost three very hard fought matches to the Lady Hurricanes.  The scores were extremely close (20-25, 25-27, and 22-25). As you can see, it cannot get much closer than that.

Senior Stacey Manthorpe registered a double-double, with a team high of 12 kills, along with 12 digs.  Sophomore Tessa Fournier had 14 digs to lead the team in her first match as the starting libero.

But, the player of the match was senior Shelbey Manthorpe, who dished out a team high of 31 assists, as well as 5 digs, 4 kills and 3 blocks.

Shelbey Manthorpe Photo credit: shupirates.com

Shelbey Manthorpe
Photo credit: shupirates.com

But alas, it was not enough to defeat Miami.

On Saturday, the Lady Pirates were facing a double header. They would meet Florida Gulf Coast at 10:00 am and then Florida A&M at 5:00 pm.

In the first game against Florida Gulf Coast, the Lady Pirates dropped the first 2 sets by scores of 23-25 and 14-25 before they stormed back to win the next two sets 25-19 and 25-16 to tie it at 2 all.

In the fifth and final set, they found themselves down 11-7, but the girls dug down deep and tied the score at 11.  With the set tied at 15 all, an error by Florida Gulf Coast and a kill by Shelbey Manthorpe ended it.

And it was fitting that the final and match-winning point was scored by Shelbey, as she was the player of the match.  The senior from Merion Station, PA recorded her 23rd career triple-double with a team high of 26 assists, 11 digs and 10 kills.  She even added 6 blocks for good measure.

Other outstanding Pirates were: Stacey Manthorpe with 9 kills and 9 digs; Amanda Hansen with 9 kills and a team leading 7 blocks and Tessa Fournier with a career high 21 digs along with 5 assists.

In the nightcap against Florida A&M, the Pirates just rolled along, winning the match in 4 sets: 25-15, 22-25, 25-11 and 25-9. Again SHU was led by the Manthorpe sisters, as Stacey registered her second double-double in 3 matches with 11 kills, and a team high of 15 digs, and Shelbey just missed her second straight triple-double as she dished out a season high of 35 assists with 8 digs and 7 kills.

Ashani Rubin added 6 kills and a team high of 7 blocks.

All in all, it was a good way to open a season, as the Manthorpe sisters, Stacey and Shelbey, want their senior season to be one they will always remember.

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A Nutley, NJ native, Tony is Seton Hall University graduate currently in his 20th year as a history teacher. Has coached a variety of sports at the high school level and is a fan of the Mets, Knicks, Giants and Rangers, Seton Hall and Notre Dame. Tony will be covering mostly the New York Rangers and Seton Hall Athletics for DoubleGSports.com.
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A Nutley, NJ native, Tony is Seton Hall University graduate currently in his 20th year as a history teacher. Has coached a variety of sports at the high school level and is a fan of the Mets, Knicks, Giants and Rangers, Seton Hall and Notre Dame. Tony will be covering mostly the New York Rangers and Seton Hall Athletics for DoubleGSports.com.

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