Leopards Rebound, Win in Five
Sept. 15, 2012
EASTON, Pa.- Despite playing ten sets in two matches this afternoon, the Lafayette volleyball team had enough left in the tank to knock off St. Francis (N.Y.) for the second time this season, 3-2.
Eerily similar to its first match of the day against Coppin State, Lafayette found itself cruising after two sets with 25-14 and 25-15 set victories. Unfortunately, the Leopards ended up on the losing end of two 25-16 sets in the third and fourth to force another deciding fifth set. This time, however, the Leopards rebounded with a dominating15-6 final set performance.
A balanced Leopard attack featured four players with double-digit kills. Sophomore Danielle Towslee and freshman Brianne Giangiobbe each had 12, while junior Karissa Ciliento notched 11 and senior co-captain Kaitlynn Zoller added 10.
Senior co-captain Sarah Frohnapfel tied her season-high with 40 assists, while Ciliento led the Leopard defense for the first time this season with 24 digs. Additionally, sophomore Katy Rooney posted a career-high at the net with seven blocks.
Lafayette started well by winning the first five points, featuring a Frohnapfel ace and a Zoller kill. Hitting on all cylinders, the Leopard attack had no trouble in the first, taking it easily, 25-14.
Lafayette faced little resistance in the second as well, jumping out to a 20-8 lead, and managing the final 12 points, to take the set 25-15.
After a 12-10 score kept it close midway through the third, two kills by St. Francis’s Jayma Copeland changed the momentum, sparking an 8-3 run as the Terriers took the lead, 20-13. St. Francis would go on to win the set, 25-16.
The Terriers rode that momentum into the fourth as again they opened up a 20-12 lead and had no trouble closing, forcing a fifth set with a 25-16 victory.
Lafayette dug deep in the fifth with a renewed energy that was apparent immediately as three Giangiobbe kills helped them open up a 10-4 lead. The Leopards never looked back as the pain of their fifth-set loss earlier in the day fueled a dominating 15-6 final set victory.
Next up for Lafayette is a trip to Riverdale, N.Y. to face Manhattan on Wednesday at 7 p.m.
Giangiobbe tied a career-high with 12 kills
Rooney posted a career-high in blocks with seven
Frohnapfel tied a season-high with 40 assists
Ciliento led the team in digs for the first time this season with 24