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Leopards Take Down Terriers in Five-Set Thriller

Aug. 28, 2012

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  1 2 3 4 5 F
 St. Francis (N.Y.) 25 25 20 17 9 2
 Lafayette 18 21 25 25 15 3
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 Kill Leaders
 Player  Kills
 St. Francis - Stefanovic  10
 Lafayette - Beghou  14
 Dig Leaders
 Player Digs
 St. Francis - Ramirez 16
 Lafayette - Woodworth 22

BROOKLYN HEIGHTS, N.Y.- The Lafayette volleyball team battled back from a 2-0 deficit to take down St. Francis in five sets. After an error-filled opening two sets, Lafayette pulled out a 25-20 third-set win. A dominating display in the fourth opened the door for a deciding fifth set. The Leopards were not going home without a victory as they took the fifth 15-9.

Sophomore Camissa Beghou led the way on attack for Lafayette with 14 kills on 31 attempts (.323 hitting percentage). Junior Karissa Ciliento and sophomore Danielle Towslee added 13 and 11 kills respectively in the win.

Senior Sarah Frohnapfel handled most of the setting duties on the night recording a game-high 34 assists. In the back row, sophomore libero Michelle Woodworth led the way with 22 digs, also a game-high mark. Ciliento and senior Kaitlyn Zoller added 15 and 13 digs respectively.

Up front, Beghou, Towslee, Zoller, and sophomore Katy Rooney all notched three blocks on the night. Towslee added three service aces, all in the fourth, helping to force a fifth set.

Multiple Leopard miscues in the first led St. Francis to a 16-12 lead before head coach Terri Dadio Campbell called timeout. After three Lafayette points out of the timeout, the Terriers went on an 9-3 run to close out the set 25-18.

The second set wasn't much better for the Leopards as three Beghou blocks weren't enough to pull Lafayette out of a 16-20 hole before another Dadio Campbell timeout. Unfortunately, points out of the timeout weren't to be found this time as they dropped the second set 25-21.

Coming out in the third, the Leopards were prepared to fight back. A 5-0 run midway through the set led to an 11-6 early advantage. An overpowering Zoller kill later in the set sparked Lafayette to a 16-10 advantage. After a 6-0 run by the Terriers to bring the score back to 19-18, a Towslee kill sent the momentum on the Leopards' side as they took the set 25-20.

The fourth set was a back-and-forth stalemate, sitting at 14-14 midway through. However, a Towslee ace sparked a seven-point run for Lafayette, as they cruised to a 25-17 set win.

The fifth set was all Lafayette as they jumped out to an 8-3 lead on a Zoller ace at the change. A Beghou kill sent the score to 12-5 before a last chance St. Francis timeout. The Leopards proved too much as they took the fifth set 15-9.

Lafayette heads home to host the Lafayette College Tournament this weekend Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 as Delaware State, St. Peter's, and Fairleigh Dickinson travel to Easton. The Leopards will face Delaware State on Friday at 6 p.m., St. Peter's on Saturday at 10 a.m., and finish up with Fairleigh Dickinson at 5 p.m. on Saturday.