Army Bests Volleyball, 3-1
Oct. 21, 2011
WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Lafayette volleyball team fought off a sweep at Army on Friday night, but could not overtake the host Black Knights in a 3-1 defeat by set scores of 25-20, 25-18, 15-25 and 25-11. Molly Belcher posted a double-double for the Leopards with 25 assists and 13 digs.
With the loss, the Leopards move to 8-12 on the season and 1-7 in the Patriot League. Army improves to 16-6 and keeps pace with American atop the League standings at 7-1.
Camissa Beghou was the lone Leopard to register double-figure kills, hammering home 11 finishers. Kaitlynn Zoller added five kills for Lafayette, while Alexandra Russo and Danielle Towslee contributed four apiece. Alana Taylor had three kills out of the middle of the Leopards' rotation, while Belcher and Andrea Duvall each recorded two.
Defensively, Christy Mebust led all players with 26 digs. Duvall and Russo each set new personal marks in the back row with 16 and 15 digs, respectively. Michelle Woodworth added eight digs. At the net, Taylor had a hand in four of the Leopards' six blocks, including one solo effort.
The Leopards hung in with the Black Knights to an 11-11 deadlock in set one, but Army broke the tie with a three-point spurt and never looked back in a 25-20 win.
Army's momentum carried into the early stages of set two, as the Black Knights won 12 of the first 13 points to take a 12-1 lead. The Leopards would not allow consecutive points by the home team for the next stretch of action, piecing together an extended 16-5 run to knot the score at 17-17 and force an Army timeout. Beghou had three kills in the span, including the equalizer. The Black Knights were once again the squad that broke the stalemate, this time finishing on an 8-1 run to cap a 25-18 victory and take a 2-0 lead in the set.
With their backs against the wall, the Leopards raced out to a 7-2 lead in set three. Fueled by three Russo kills, three blocks and two aces served up by Towslee, the Black Knights never got closer than four points the rest of the way as Lafayette stayed alive on the back of a convincing 25-15 triumph.
Army would not allow the Leopards to pull even, however, as the home team won the first six rallies of set four and pulled away for a 25-11 victory to win the match, 3-1. The Leopards would only piece together consecutive points once in the final frame.
The Black Knights got 12 kills apiece from Ariana Mankus and Margaux Jarka. Mankus also led the way in digs with 21 to complete a double-double. Mary Vaccaro ran the offense and dished out a match-best 40 assists.
The Leopards return to action tomorrow afternoon in Worcester against Holy Cross. The Crusaders were swept by Lehigh this evening to fall to 6-18 overall and 2-6 in the Patriot League.
Lafayette returns home to host Lehigh on Oct. 28 at 7 p.m. The Leopards will host their annual "Dig Pink" match against the Mountain Hawks. Fans who wish to contribute to Lafayette's fundraising efforts can visit the Side-Out Foundation's secure website.
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