Leopards Fall at Lehigh to Open League Play
Sept. 18, 2013
Bethlehem, Pa. – Lafayette fell to rival Lehigh, 3-1, in its Patriot League opener. The Leopards drop to 8-3 on the season, while the Mountain Hawks improved to 9-3. Lafayette was led by senior Karissa Ciliento’s seven killsand freshman Samantha Volk’s 21 assists.
Lauren Pisauro came up with a team-high 19 digs and two aces in the loss, while Danielle Towslee led the team with three blocks. Brianne Giangiobbe had five kills, while Towslee, Katy Rooney and Jet Manzi each chipped in with four.
Lehigh was powered by Jade Van Streepen and Kaylynn Genemaras, who each had 17 kills. Setter Amy Matula handed out 51 assists in the win, while Rachel Charles had a team-high 17 digs.
The Leopards got off to a quick start in the first set taking an early 3-1 lead. Lehigh worked back into the set to tie it, 5-5 before a pair of kills from Danielle Towslee gave Lafayette an 8-5 edge. The Leopards maintained their three-point advantage until a Lauren Pisauro service ace forced a Lehigh timeout with the score, 14-10.
Out of the timeout, kills from Ciliento and Towslee gave the Leopards a 17-10 advantage. A four-point run from the Mountain Hawks trimmed the Lafayette lead to 17-14. The Leopards took the next three points making the score, 20-14. Once again Lehigh worked its way back into the set winning four of the next five points. Three kills from Ciliento and an ace from Volk closed out the first set, 25-20.
Lehigh took an early lead in set two, 7-2, forcing a Lafayette timeout. A kill from Giangiobbe cut the Mountain Hawk lead to 8-3. Down 13-3, the Leopards won the next two points to slow the Lehigh surge momentarily. The Mountain Hawks controlled the rest of the game and took the set, 25-9.
In the third game, Towslee and Giangiobbe got the Leopards on the board with a block followed by a Manzi kill. Kills from Volk and Rooney, followed by a block from Towlsee and Ciliento gave the Leopards an 8-5 lead. With a 10-8 advantage, Lehigh won the next five points to takeover, 13-10, forcing a Leopard timeout.
Out of the timeout, the Maroon and White won the next two points courtesy of a Towslee ace to cut the lead to 13-12. Lehigh took five of the next six points to increase its advantage to 18-13. The Leopards cut the lead to four, 21-17 and forced a Mountain Hawks. Lehigh won four of the next six to close out the third set, 25-19.
A kill from Volk in the fourth set cut the Mountain Hawk lead to one, 7-6. With the score, 10-8 Lehigh, Giangiobbe’s kill cut the lead to one, but the Mountain Hawks took the next four points. The Leopards cut the lead to 15-11 with a kill by Manzi. Trailing, 17-12, Lafayette called timeout.
Rooney blocked the next Lehigh attack and cut the lead to 17-13. However, Lehigh went on a five-point spurt to take control of the set, 22-13. Two kills from the Mountain Hawks ended the set, 25-14 and the match, 3-1.
The Leopards are back in action on Saturday afternoon when they visit Navy at 4 p.m. Lafayette returns home on September 27 against American inside Kirby Sports Center.