Women’s Volleyball Falls in Final Day of Crosstown Tournament
EASTON, Pa. – The Lafayette women’s volleyball team dropped a pair of matches on the final day of the Crosstown Tournament. The first action of the day saw the Leopards fall 3-1 to Norfolk State, while the second match ended with Lafayette being defeated 3-0 in straight sets by St. Francis (Pa.).
The first match of the day saw Lafayette tangle with the Spartans of Norfolk State. After a hard fought four set contest, the Leopards eventually fell three sets to one.
The first set saw the Leopards come out of the gates hard building a healthy lead and forcing Norfolk State into a timeout with the score sitting at 17-13 after some strong serving by Tori Smith. The Maroon and White saw out the set after a Carly Kutschke kill brought the final score to 25-23.
The second set saw the Leopards crawl out of an early hole after falling behind 7-2. Katrina Ruggiero got the Leopards back on track with a kill, and Lafayette eventually forced a Norfolk State timeout with the score at 13-8. Two service aces from Sonia Musso coupled with some strong play leveled the score at 16 apiece. The Leopards kept it close, but Norfolk State eventually took the set, 25-23.
Following the action in the second, the third set saw the team’s trade blows consistently through the early part of the set. A string of service aces by the Spartans brought the score to 17-16, forcing a Leopards timeout. The Maroon and White’s offense couldn’t regain its footing after that, and the Spartans won the set 25-18.
The final stanza of the match saw the Leopards battle back and forth once again, trading points with kills coming from a variety of Lafayette players including Kutshcke and Musso. A Katie Kidder ace brought the score to 14-12, but the Leopards never get closer than that, eventually falling by a score of 25-21.
Ruggiero lead the Leopards with eight kills during the match, while Jenna Bailey led both teams with 24 assists. Lafayette held a slight edge in digs, 57-55.
The second match of the day pitted the Leopards against the Red Flash of St. Francis. Albeit being a hotly contested affair, Lafayette would drop the match, three sets to none.
The first set saw the Leopards come back from an early 7-1 hole. Lafayette swung the momentum back to its favor in the middle of the set, eventually bringing the score to 18-17 after an Alexis Capers kill. The set swung back to St. Francis’ favor from that point on, as the Red Flash went on to take the opening set 25-18.
The second set started with the teams trading blows, but after a Kutschke kill brought the score to 11-8 in favor of St. Francis, the Red Flash took control of the set. Lafayette would get three points back, would drop the second set by a score of 25-11.
The last set of the match was more in line with the first, as the Leopards traded points with St. Francis, with the score sitting leveled three times, in the early goings. A Kidder ace tied the score at 15 apiece, but St. Francis would regain control from there and take the final set 25-20.
Smith led the Leopards with 10 kills, while Bailey guided the offense with 23 kills. St. Francis held the advantage in digs, 50-42.
The Leopards are back in action next Friday, Sep. 8, as they face Cal State Fullerton at 12:15 p.m. in their opening match of the Towson Tournament.