Leopards Drop Patriot League Volleyball Opener
Sept. 21, 2007
HAMILTON, N.Y. - The Lafayette women's volleyball team (6-9, 0-1) opened Patriot League play Friday night at Colgate and suffered a 3-0 setback to the Raiders. The loss dropped the Leopards to 6-9 on the season.
Senior Michaela Donohue led the team with seven kills, while classmate Maura Kelly added six and freshman Kayly Elmer finished with five. Donohue also recorded a team-best 17 digs and was one of three Leopards to finish with double-digit dig totals. Kat Kretzmer had 14 digs while Kari Horn added 12. Megan Carter led the team with 20 assists.
Neither team held more than a three-point advantage for the beginning of the first game as there were four total lead changes in the game. The Leopards at one point scored five straight points to take an 18-14 lead but Colgate responded with 10 straight points of its own to take a 27-19 lead. The Raiders went on to close out the match with a 30-21 win over the Leopards.
Lafayette again remained within just points of the lead for the majority of the second game. Colgate did hold a four point advantage at 16-10, but Lafayette continued to battle and pulled to within 23-20. Lafayette remained within three of the lead until the Raiders scored three straight points to take a 28-22 edge and held on for the eventual 30-24 win.
Colgate jumped out to a 7-3 lead in the third game, a lead the team would not give up. The Raiders increased their advantage to 18-8 after scoring nine unanswered points. Lafayette struggled to close the gap and Colgate won the third and decisive game, 30-19, handing the Leopards a loss in their conference opener.
The Leopards continue Patriot League play when they travel to Bucknell on Saturday for a 5 p.m. match.
The Lafayette volleyball team will host a "Kids' Night" on Friday, Sept. 28, when the team welcomes Patriot League rival Lehigh to the Kirby Sports Center for a 7 p.m. match. Admission is free and there will be pizza and prizes.