Comeback Falls Short for Volleyball at Lehigh
Oct. 7, 2011
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The Lafayette volleyball team erased a 2-0 deficit to force a fifth set at Lehigh on Friday evening, but could not close out the host Mountain Hawks in a 3-2 loss. Camissa Beghou led all players with a career-best 19 kills.
The Leopards now stand at 7-10 overall and 0-5 in the Patriot League. Lehigh improves to 11-7 on the season with a 3-2 league tally.
Beghou's 19 kills came via a .378 (19-5-37) hitting percentage. Alexandra Russo came off of the bench in set two and played the rest of the way, slamming home 10 kills. Kaitlynn Zoller added seven kills while three Leopards - Alana Taylor, Danielle Towslee and Sarah Frohnapfel - had three finishers each. Karissa Ciliento chipped in with two kills and Melanie Weiss rounded out the offense with one. Frohnapfel ran the offense from the setter spot and distributed 43 assists.
Defensively, Zoller led the way with a career-high 21 digs. Libero Christy Mebust added 12 digs and Frohnapfel had 10 from the back row to complete her sixth career double-double. At the net, Taylor had a hand in four blocks as the Leopards outblocked Lehigh, 8-5.
Both teams entered the match ranked in the top 10 in the nation in service aces, and those skills were on display at Leeman-Turner Arena. Lafayette landed nine winners - three from Frohnapfel and two apiece by Towslee, Mebust and Russo - and the Mountain Hawks dropped in 12 service aces.
Both teams held leads of three points or more in the opening set, with the score eventually leveling at a 19-19 deadlock. Lehigh broke the tie with two straight tallies and then held off the Maroon and White for a 25-22 win. The Mountain Hawks' momentum carried over into set two, which the home team never trailed en route to a 25-16 triumph.
With their backs against the wall, the Leopards hung tough in set three despite falling behind at 22-19. A kill by Taylor sparked a six point rally - which included to aces by Frohnapfel - as the Leopards stayed alive with a 25-22 victory.
The Leopards rallied again in set four, erasing an early three-point deficit and putting together a 5-0 run to take a 14-10 lead. Lafayette continued to rack up points - while limiting Lehigh to only one spurt greater than two consecutive tallies - and knotted the match at 2-2 with a 25-20 set-four win.
The comeback would fall short, however, as the Mountain Hawks started the fifth set on a 9-0 run. The Leopards could not close the gap, climbing only within five points at 10-5 and 13-8, and the home team escaped with a 15-8 win to take the match.
The Patriot League slate brings the Leopards back to Kirby Sports Center on Friday, Oct. 14 with a visit from reigning league champion American. First serve is slated for 7 p.m. as the action is broadcast live on GoLeopards.com.
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