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Eagles Tame Leopards in Three

Sept. 27, 2013

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  1 2 3 F
25 25 25 3
 Lafayette 11 13 18 0

Box Score

 Kill Leaders
 Player  Kills
 American - Crum  10
 Lafayette - Ciliento  7
 Dig Leaders
 Player Digs
 American - Cappellino 17
 Lafayette - Pisauro 10

Easton, Pa. – The Lafayette volleyball team fell to visiting American in straight sets Friday night, 25-11, 25-13 and 25-18 in its Patriot League home opener. The Leopards dropped to 8-5, 0-3 in the Patriot League, while the Eagles improved to 15-1, and 1-0 in league play.

The Eagles got off to a quick start winning the first four points of the opening set and did not look back. Lafayette trimmed the lead to one at 4-3 on kills by Karissa Ciliento and Brianne Giangiobbe, but American controlled the rest of the way en route to a 25-11 first set win.

The Leopards took an early lead in the second set, 3-1, courtesy of kills from Ciliento and freshman Katherine Stevens, and continued to lead until the Eagles tied the set at 7-7. Lafayette took its final lead of the game on the next point before American gained control. The Eagles won 15 of the next 20 points to take a commanding 2-0 lead in the match.

American built a 6-2 lead to start the third set before Lafayette cut the deficit to 7-5 on back-to-back kills from Giangiobbe and Ciliento. The Eagles pushed their advantage to 14-9, but the Leopards closed the gap to two, 14-12, on block assists from Ciliento and Katy Rooney and Stevens and Kelly Flynn. An ace by Lauren Pisauro brought Lafayette within two. An 11-4 run from the Eagles finished the set, 25-18 and the match, 3-0.

Lafayette was led by Ciliento’s seven kills, followed by Stevens and Giangiobbe with three apiece. Pisauro had a team-high 10 digs for the Leopards. Juliana Crum had a match-high 10 kills to lead the Eagles, while Monika Smidova handed out 25 assists.

The Leopards are back in action tomorrow afternoon, when they host Patriot League newcomer, Loyola Maryland at 2 p.m. Lafayette will travel to Newark, N.J. on October 4 to take on NJIT.