Leopards Drop Matches in Second Day of Towson Tournament
TOWSON, Md. – The Lafayette women’s volleyball team fell in two hard fought contests against George Mason and Eastern Michigan on Saturday afternoon.
The first match of the day saw the Leopards square-off with the Patriots of George Mason. Lafayette kept each set extremely tight but the Patriots won the match in straight sets.
The Patriots started the opening set on a 7-2 run until Tori Smith stopped the opening salvo with her first kill of the match. The teams traded blows from that point forward, but the early hole proved too much to overcome. A Carly Kutschke kill brought the score to 21-13, but the Patriots went on to take the set 25-17.
The second set saw the team’s trade points back and forth once again until George Mason eventually opened up a five point lead. Lafayette shrank the gap as a Sonia Musso kill forced the Patriots into a timeout with the score sitting at 19-15. Lafayette brought the score to 24-20 after an Alexis Capers kill, but it wasn’t enough as the Patriots won the set 25-20.
George Mason came out strong once again in the third set, eventually forcing a Lafayette timeout with the score at 11-6. The Leopards battled back later in the set, bringing the score to 21-19 after a block by Capers. That would be as close as Lafayette got to the Patriots, as they regained control and saw out the set to a 25-20 win.
Capers, Smith and Kutschke all had five kills for the Leopards. Julia Howard and Smith each had 12 digs to lead the Leopards, and help Lafayette hold a slim advantage in digs, 56-54.
Lafayette’s second match pitted the Leopards against the Eastern Michigan Eagles. Lafayette took the third set of the contest, but eventually fall to the Eagles, three sets to one.
The Leopards kept it close in the beginning of the first set, but eventually the momentum swung in favor of the Eagles. After calling timeout with the score at 15-7, a Smith kill brought the score to 16-9 but Lafayette couldn’t sustain their offense, dropping the set 25-13.
Lafayette came out strong in the second set, highlighted by a 6-0 run that brought that ran the score to 15-3 in favor of the Leopards. A kill from Capers brought the score to 22-8, after which George Mason started to grow back into the set. The Leopards held strong, holding on to win the second set 25-18.
George Mason took control of the third set early on. After a Katie Kidder ace gave Lafayette a slim 3-2 lead, the Patriots embarked on a 11-0 run, bringing the score to 14-6 before Capers ended the run with a kill. George Mason held onto its league, taking the set 25-13.
The fourth set saw the Leopards battle back and forth with the Eagles. Lafayette eventually forced an Eastern Michigan timeout after a Musso kill brought the score to 14-11. The two teams continued trading points for the rest of the match. The Leopards couldn’t hold onto their lead however, falling 25-21.
The Maroon and White are back in action tomorrow, Sunday, Sept. 10, as they take on tournament host Towson at 2:30 p.m.