Leopards Fall in Home Opener

Sept. 1, 2017

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EASTON, Pa. -- The Lafayette women's volleyball team came up just short in a fiercely contested match against Central Connecticut State on Friday Night, falling three sets to none in its home opener.

The opening set of the night set the tone for the rest of match as each of the three sets were back and forth affairs. After trading blows for the first few points, Lafayette was able to open up a four point lead after two straight Katie Kidder kills brought the score to 9-5.An ensuing Blue Devil timeout halted the Leopards' progress, and Central Connecticut took advantage, regaining the lead and forcing Lafayette into a timeout of its own as the score sat at 17-14. Central Connecticut would keep the Leopards offense stunted after an Alexis Capers kill that brought the score to 20-19. The Blue Devils would hold on from there to take the first set, 25-19.

Central Connecticut came out strong in the second set, opening up a 5-1 lead, forcing head coach Terri Dadio Campbell to burn a timeout. The Leopards found their footing after the short break, battling their way back into the set. Two straight service aces by Carly Kutschke would bring the score to 8-9, but following a service error, the Blue Devils jumped their lead to 13-8.The Leopards refused to back down and kept earning points, tying the score at 23-23 after Capers buried one of her three kills on the night. Central Connecticut held on from there, winning the set, 25-23.

The third and final set of the evening saw the Maroon and White attempt another comeback as the Blue Devils started the set firing on all cylinders, forcing the Leopards into a timeout with the score sitting at 8-2. The Blue Devils lead would grow to as large as 10, but the Leopards kept chipping away, and two straight Sonia Musso kills brought the Leopards within striking distance at 15-9. The Leopards would never get closer than 20-15 however, and the Blue Devils took the third and final set, 25-18.

Senior Tori Smith and Kutschke led the Leopards' attack with seven kills apiece. Jenna Bailey led Lafayette with 18 assists on the night. The two squads ended the match tied with 58 digs apiece.

The Leopards continue the action in the Crosstown Tournament with two matches tomorrow, Saturday, Sep. 2. In the morning match, the Maroon and White take on Norfolk State at 10 a.m. The afternoon matinee sees the Leopards battle Saint Francis (Pa) in a 2 p.m. contest.