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Leopards Bested in First Day of Towson Tournament

Sept. 8, 2017

Box Score

TOWSON, Md. -- The Lafayette volleyball dropped its first two matches of the Towson Tournament this afternoon, falling to Cal State Fullerton and Quinnipiac.

Match One

The first matchup of the day saw the Leopards take on the Titans of Cal State Fullerton. A valiant comeback effort by Lafayette was not enough as Cal State took the match 3-0.

The Titans came out swinging in the first set, and seized the momentum form the start of the match. Lafayette could not jumpstart its offense and Cal State took advantage, eventually forcing a Lafayette timeout with the score sitting at 11-4.

A kill from Katrina Ruggiero brought the score to 17-6, and the teams would trade points from that point on. The early hole was too deep to dig out of however, and the Titans won the set 25-11.

The Leopards rebounded in the second set, sticking right with the Titans in the early-goings of the set. Two straight service aces by Lexie Caraveo and an attacking error forced Cal State to burn a timeout with Lafayette leading 8-7.

The set would remain close from that point, until two straight service aces from the Titans forced Lafayette to call a timeout of their own with the score sitting at 19-13. The Leopards weren't able to recover after that, eventually dropping the set by a final score of 25-16.

Lafayette came out strong in the third and final set, as the offense was humming and the team's defense was excellent. Two straight blocks from Adriana Heimbauer forced the Titans into a timeout with the score at 8-4 in favor of the Leopards.

The Leopards would hold their lead for a large part of the set, as kills from Tori Smith and Alexis Capers combined with an error on the Titans side of the net forced Cal State to call another timeout with Lafayette leading 17-12. The Titans would steal back the momentum however, racing back to steal the third set 25-23.

Julia Howard led the Leopards with 13 assists. Katrina Ruggiero anchored the Leopards attack with eight kills, while Audrey Mangum posted a team-high eight digs.

Match Two

The second match of the day pitted the Leopards against the Quinnipiac Bobcats. Lafayette kept it close but was unable to earn a victory, falling in straight sets, 3-0.

The first set of the match saw the Bobcats jump out to an early 11-4 lead after a service ace. The Leopards battled back tying the game at 17 apiece after a kill from Alexis Capers. The score would remain close but the Bobcats would hold on to win the opening set 25-19.

Quinnipiac came out strong in in the second set as they went on a 6-0 run to force a Lafayette timeout with the score sitting at 8-1. The momentum stayed with the Bobcats as the closest the Leopards were able to get was within seven after a Ruggiero kill brought the score to 12-19. After that it was all Bobcats, who took the set 25-16.

Lafayette traded blows with Quinnipiac to kick off the third set, eventually owning a slim 6-3 lead. The Bobcats came back and took over the middle of the set, scoring three straight service aces to force a Leopards timeout with the score at 15-9. Quinnipiac would maintain its lead despite pressure from the Marron and White, holding on to take the third set 25-18.

Julia Howard led both teams in assists with 18. Karly Kutshcke recorded a team-high seven kills, while Tori Smith and Katie Kidder finished with six apiece. Quinnipiac held the edge in digs, 32-27.

The Leopards are back in action tomorrow, Sept. 9, competing in the second day of the Towson Tournament. Their first action of the day is against George Mason in a 12:15 contest. Their second match is scheduled for a 4:45 p.m. start against Eastern Michigan.