Lafayette Volleyball Wins Fifth Straight
Easton, Pa. – Lafayette women’s volleyball improved to 5-1 on the season with a pair of 3-0 sweeps of Fairleigh Dickinson and St. Peter’s. The Maroon and White were victorious 25-20, 25-14 and 25-20 in the early match, followed by a 25-16, 25-17 and 25-17 win in the second match.
The Leopards win all three in the Lafayette College Tournament without dropping a set. Sophomore Brianne Giangiobbe and junior Danielle Towslee led the Leopard attack with 10 kills each against the Knights, while senior Karissa Ciliento smashed 14 kills against St. Peter’s.
Senior Karissa Ciliento and freshman Jet Manzi contributed seven kills apiece, and junior Katy Rooney chipped in with six. Freshman setter Samantha Volk tallied 33 assists and three service aces. Towslee was a presence in the middle, blocking five attacks including a pair of solo blocks. Fairleigh Dickinson was led by senior Violeta Slabakova with seven kills.
The Leopards controlled the majority of the first set after dropping the first point. With a 7-5 lead, Lafayette rattled off nine of the next 11 points to take a 16-8 lead on a pair of kills from both Towslee and Rooney followed by a service ace from Volk. The Knights chipped away at the Leopard lead, cutting the score to 22-17, however a kill from sophomore Sarah Moult slowed the run and gave Lafayette a 25-20 victory.
Lafayette jumped out to a 3-0 lead in game two courtesy of a pair of aces from Volk with a kill from Giangiobbe in between. With a 6-5, the Leopards scored four of the next five, forcing a timeout from FDU after a kill from Volk made it 10-6. The Maroon and White continued to control, as a kill from Manzi and a pair of aces from sophomore Lauren Pisauro pushed the lead to 19-13 and forced another timeout.
With Pisauro still serving, Manzi hit a pair of kills as the Leopards increased their lead to 23-13. A kill by Ciliento gave the Leopards a 25-14 win in the second set and a 2-0 advantage in the match.
The Knights jumped on the Leopards early in the third set, opening up a 10-3 lead. The Leopards clawed their way back into the set with kills from Manzi, Ciliento and Towslee and an ace from Manzi cut the lead FDU lead to 10-8 and caused the Knights to burn a timeout. The Knights and Leopards continued to go back and forth until a kill by Towslee knotted the game at 17.
Another Towslee kill after a Knight point tied the game again at 18. A block from Volk and Rooney gave the Leopards their first advantage, 19-18. Kills from Ciliento, Volk and Rooney opened the Lafayette lead to 23-18. Another kill from Towslee finished off the set and the match for the Leopards.
The Leopards took down St. Peter’s in straight sets in their second match of the day. Ciliento paced the attack with 14 kills, while Giangiobbe contributed 11. Volk handed out 37 assists, while junior Michelle Woodworth contributed 11 digs. St. Peter’s was led by Dayana Arrufat’s 11 kills and Kristina Baehr’s 27 assists. Jennifer Pliska chipped in 14 digs for the Peahens.
Trailing 7-6 early in the first set, the Leopards won the next five points on a pair of kills from Ciliento and a kill each from Towslee and Manzi. With a 13-10 lead, Lafayette used kills from Ciliento, Giangiobbe and Rooney to increase the lead to 17-10 and force a Peahen timeout. Two more kills from Giangiobbe gave the Leopards a 20-13 edge. Kills from Towslee and Ciliento gave the Leopards the first set, 25-16.
Similar to the first set, Lafayette found themselves trailing early on, 11-7. Back-to-back kills from Giangiobbe and an ace from Woodworth cut the lead to one. Still trailing by two, Woodworth notched a kill to pull within a point. Ciliento tallied back-to-back kills to give Lafayette its first lead of the set. After a St. Peter’s point tied the game, Volk got a kill to push the Leopards ahead by a point.
With the Leopards ahead by a point, 15-14, Towslee earned four straight points from her serve on a kill from Rooney and a service ace. The Maroon and White used kills from Rooney, Giangiobbe and Manzi to finish off the set, 25-17.
The Leoaprds used an 8-1 run after dropping the first two points to take control of the final game. Three straight aces from Ciliento finished the run for the Leopards. Lafayette used kills from Giangiobbe and Towslee to push the lead to 10-6. After a pair of points from St. Peter’s, Manzi and Ciliento had back-to-back kills to increase the lead to 12-8.
Ciliento put away two straight kills and helped the Maroon and White open up a 14-11 lead. Two kills from Giangiobbe and a kill by Rooney opened up a 19-15 edge for the Leopards. Lafayette went on to win six of the next eight on a pair of kills from Towslee, kills from Volk and Manzi and an ace from Pisauro to finish the match.
The Leopards return to the court on Tuesday night when they host St. Francis at 7 p.m.