Volleyball Tops Navy, 3-1, For First Patriot League Win
Oct. 15, 2011
EASTON, Pa. - Three players recorded double-digit kills to lead the Lafayette volleyball team to its first Patriot League win of the season over visiting Navy. The Leopards dropped set one before rebounding to a 3-1 victory by scores of 22-25, 25-20, 25-19 and 25-13.
With the win, the Leopards improve to 8-11 on the season with a 1-6 Patriot League record. The Midshipmen fall to 6-16 overall and 1-6 in League action.
Camissa Beghou led all players with 12 kills, hitting a scorching .611 (12-1-18) for the match. She was joined in double figures by Alana Taylor and Kaitlynn Zoller, who had 11 and 10 kills, respectively. Danielle Towslee added six finishers, while Alexandra Russo notched four and Molly Belcher dumped in three kills in addition to her game-best 37 assists from the setter position.
Defensively, libero Christy Mebust had a game-best 32 digs. Alexandra Russo added 11 from the back row, and Belcher narrowly missed a double-double with nine. Michelle Woodworth contributed eight digs. At the net, Towlsee had a hand in three of the Leopards' four blocks - including a solo stuff.
Lafayette continued to excel in the service game. The Leopards entered the weekend ranked eighth in nation in service aces per set, and improved on that mark this afternoon with 11 winners against the Mids. Towslee spun home four aces, while Mebust, Russo and Woodworth each had two. Belcher rounded out the serving action with one ace.
Lafayette struck first in the match with a 5-1 run, but a 6-0 run by the visitors gave Navy an 11-9 lead. The squads traded points the rest of the way to a 23-22 advantage for the Midshipmen, who then broke the back-and-forth with consecutive kills to take a 25-22 win.
The Leopards started set two in a similar fashion, winning seven of the first eight rallies to take a 7-1 lead. This time, Lafayette kept the pressure on the Midshipmen, leading by at least three points the rest of the way - and building an advantage as high as seven - en route to evening the contest with a 25-20 victory.
Set three started as a back-and-forth affair, with the teams racing to a 7-7 lead. The Leopards broke the deadlock with a eight of the next 10 points to build a 15-9 cushion. Navy would only put together more than two consecutive points on one occasion the rest of the way as Lafayette earned a 25-19 triumph to take a 2-1 lead in the match.
A 7-7 lead was the starting point once again in set four. Lafayette was again the team that snapped the stalemate, putting together a 13-2 run that included three Behgou kills to take a commanding 20-9 lead. The Leopards would lead by as many as 13 points en route to polishing off the Midshipmen with a 25-13 win.
Erin Fortner led Navy with 11 kills and 16 digs. Shelby Mass dished out 28 assists and added 11 digs in the losing effort.
The Patriot League schedule turns over next weekend as the Leopards travel to West Point and Worcester to meet Army and Holy Cross on Friday and Saturday. Action returns to Kirby Sports Center on Friday, Oct. 28 when Lafayette hosts rival Lehigh for the team's annual Dig Pink match.
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