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Volleyball Drops Five-Set Thriller to Lehigh

Oct. 18, 2013 

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(14-6, 6-3 PL)
  1 2 3 4 5 F
25 15 19 25 15 3
 Lafayette 15 25 25 3 11 2

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(9-10, 1-7 PL)
 Kill Leaders
 Player  Kills
 Lehigh - Van Streepen  15
 Lafayette - Giangiobbe  9
 Dig Leaders
 Player Digs
 Lehigh - Charles 31
 Lafayette - Pisauro 32

Easton, Pa. – Lafayette fell to rival Lehigh in a five-set thriller on Friday night inside Kirby Sports Center on Dig Pink night. The Mountain Hawks moved to 6-3 in Patriot League play, while the Leopards dropped to 1-7 in the league.

Lehigh ran out to a 4-1 start in the first set, before kills from Katy Rooney and Brianne Giangiobbe cut the Mountain Hawk lead to 5-3. An 8-5 run from the Leopards gave Lafayette its first lead of the opening set, 11-10. The Mountain Hawks finished the first set with a 15-4 capped by three service aces by Jade Van Streepen to close out the frame.

In set two, the Leopards opened up a 7-2 lead on two kills by Giangiobbe and a kill from Rooney. With Melanie Weiss serving, the Maroon and White rattled off seven straight points to break open the set, 14-3. The Leopards coasted the rest of the way as Karissa Ciliento closed out the set with a kill and an ace.

The Maroon and White picked up where they left off at the end of set two to start the third set. The Leopards opened up an 8-3 lead powered by a pair of Giangiobbe kills. A pair of aces from Ciliento made it 11-4 and forced Lehigh to use a timeout. The Mountain Hawks climbed back into the game, pulling within one, 16-15, forcing a Lafayette timeout.


Out of the timeout, the Mountain Hawks took their first lead of set three, 17-16. Trailing by a point, Weiss entered the game and the Leopards won the next three points with her serving. Ciliento closed out the set again with a pair of kills and a service ace.

After dropping the fourth set, 25-3, the Leopards and Mountain Hawks headed to a fifth and final set. The Maroon and White jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the deciding set courtesy of back-to-back kills from Giangiobbe and Ciliento. Lehigh came right back with a pair of blocks to tie the game at two. After a kill from Rooney, the Hawks went on a 3-0 run to take a 5-3 lead.

A block from Danielle Towslee and Samantha Volk tied the final set at seven. With Rachel Charles serving for Lehigh, the Mountain Hawks rattled off the next five points to take a commanding 12-8 lead. After confusion on the next two points, the refs awarded a point to both teams, making the score, 13-9, in favor of Lehigh. A kill from Giangiobbe cut the lead to three, but the Mountain Hawks took the next two points to steal the match.

Lafayette was led by Giangiobbe’s nine kills and Lauren Pisauro’s 32 digs. Ciliento and Rooney contributed eight and seven kills apiece, while Volk handed out 27 assists. Lehigh was powered by Van Streepen’s 15 kills and Kaylynn McCutchan’s 10 kills. Amy Matula had 31 assists and Charles came away with 31 digs for the Mountain Hawks.

The Leopards return to action tomorrow afternoon at 2 p.m. when they host Colgate.