Leopards Drop Highly-Competitive Match to Lehigh in Volleyball Action
Oct. 26, 2007
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - The Lafayette women's volleyball team (12-15, 3-7) took its match against archrival Lehigh to five games but ultimately dropped a 3-2 decision Friday night. The loss ended what was a nine-match unbeaten streak against the Mountain Hawks that dated back to the 2003 season.
Seniors Michaela Donohue and Maura Kelly each recorded double-doubles. Donohue led the Leopards with 16 kills while also adding 19 digs. Kelly tallied 11 kills and 10 digs on the night. Sophomore Kari Horn tied for a match-high in digs with 22 while junior Megan Carter led both teams with 60 assists, her highest single-match total of the season.
The Leopards won the first game 30-21, thanks in large part to 11 errors by Lehigh. The game remained close to start, as Lafayette held just a two point lead at 7-5. The Leopards then began to pull away, however, scoring the next four points to take an 11-5 edge. The Mountain Hawks would pull back within one (16-15) but the Leopards again began to increase their lead and would go on to secure the win.
The second game saw the Mountain Hawks escape with a 32-30 victory. The game was tied at 12 but after falling behind 13-12, the Leopards could not regain the lead. They did tie the match at 29 and again at 30, but the Mountain Hawks scored the final two points as they evened the match at one game apiece.
The third game was another battle. Neither team held more than a three point lead until the Mountain Hawks went ahead 16-12. Lafayette would close the gap to just one point at 25-24 and tie the score at 25 but Lehigh scored five of the final eight points to escape with the 30-28 win.
Lafayette came from behind to win the fourth game 30-26 and force the contest to go to a fifth game. The Leopards trailed by four as late as 24-20 but evened the score at 25 after an attacking error by Lehigh's Kelly O'Keefe. Lafayette went ahead for good on a kill by sophomore Cara Mulholland.
The fifth and final game was a hard-fought contest but the Mountain Hawks recorded a 19-17 victory to win the game and the match. Lafayette held an 8-5 advantage midway through the game but the Mountain Hawks tied the score at 12 after a kill by Mo McReynolds. The teams would continue to trade leads and would find themselves locked at 17 all. The Mountain Hawks hung on to score the final two points, however, to hand the Leopards the loss.
The Leopards continue Patriot League play when they travel to Holy Cross and Army next weekend for back-to-back matches beginning on Friday, Nov. 2 against the Crusaders.