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Volleyball Starts Strong with Win over Rider

Aug. 26, 2012

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 Rider 22 18 25 20 0 1
 Lafayette 25 25 16 25 0 3
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 Kill Leaders
 Player  Kills
 Rider - Webber  14
 Lafayette - Beghou  10
 Dig Leaders
 Player Digs
 Rider - Gajewski 16
 Lafayette - Woodworth 14

EASTON, Pa.- The Lafayette volleyball team closed out Rider in the fourth set to take home its first win of the season Sunday.  After winning the first two sets, the Leopards dropped a fast-paced third set 25-16, but regrouped and closed out the Broncs 25-20 in the fourth.

Sophomore Camissa Beghou was a force at the net tallying ten kills with a .450 hitting percentage.  Classmate Danielle Towslee added nine kills and recorded a game-high hitting percentage of .471.

Senior Sarah Frohnapfel and junior Molly Belcher shared the setting duties notching  25 and  12 assists respectively. Defensively, sophomore Michelle Woodworth dug out 14 balls, while senior Kaitlynn Zoller added 11 and junior Karissa Ciliento tallied eight.

At the net, sophomore Katy Rooney recorded six blocks, while classmate Brianne Giangiobbe added two. Zoller also contributed two blocks in the win.

In a hard-fought first set, the Leopards and Broncs played to a stalemate at 19-19 before a Beghou kill off a Frohnapfel feed sparked a 6-3 run to end the set.  Using that momentum, Lafayette stormed out to a 5-1 lead in the second, including two kills from Towslee. The Leopards took command from that point forward, taking the set 25-18.

The third set started off even as the Broncs took an 11-9 lead after 20 points.  Then, a kill from Rider sophomore Kayla Wong opened up a 6-2 run to put the visitors up 17-11. Lafayette showed a little life after an ace by Ciliento, but ultimately dropped the set 25-16.

The fourth set was similar to the first as a back-and-forth rally led to a tie at 18-18. Kills by Rooney and Zoller led the Leopards to a match-ending 7-2 rally though as Lafayette closed out the match with a final set score of 25-20.

Next up for Lafayette is a meeting with St. Francis (N.Y.) on Tuesday in Brooklyn Heights, N.Y. at 7:30 p.m.