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Volleyball Pulls off Thrilling Win over League Opponent Navy

Nov. 7, 2008

Box Score

EASTON, Pa. - A packed and loud Kirby Sports Center saw the Lafayette women's volleyball team win a thrilling 3-1 decision over Patriot League opponent Navy on Friday night in Easton. The Leopards pulled off a dramatic 32-30 win in the fourth and decisive set en route to their fourth straight victory.

The sophomore duo of Katrina Racibarskas and Kayly Elmer both recorded double-doubles, as Racibarskas finished with 19 kills and 13 digs while Elmer added 10 kills and 14 digs. Junior Cara Mulholland finished with 17 kills for the Leopards (12-15, 5-6), including seven in the fourth set. Senior co-captain Megan Carter paced both teams with 49 assists while Kari Horn led both squads with her 16 digs.

Navy (15-12, 3-8) escaped with a 25-23 win in the opening set. Lafayette led by four (17-13) but the Midshipmen came back to tie it at 23 and won the final two points, including the set-winning kill by Aubrey Manes.

Lafayette rebounded to post a convincing 25-19 victory in the second set to even the match at one-all. Lafayette trailed 4-1 early but took a 5-4 lead after an attacking error by Manes. The Leopards never trailed again in the set and Racibarskas secured the six-point win with a kill.

The Leopards jumped out to a 3-1 lead to open the third set but the Midshipmen came back and tied the match at 12-all. Mulholland put Lafayette back up by one (13-12) on the next play and gave her team the lead for good as the Leopards won their second straight 25-19 decision to take a 2-1 lead in the match.

The fourth set needed extra points to determine a winner before ending in a 32-30 score, in favor of the Leopards. Lafayette led by as many as four points (20-16) late in the set, but Navy would not give in and tied the set at 24. The score was tied six more times before Lafayette took the set after two attacking errors by the Midshipmen.



The Leopards host American tomorrow at 1 p.m. in their final home match of the season. The team's three seniors--Ainhoa Barturen, Megan Cater and Kat Kretzmer--will be honored prior to the start of the match.

Postgame Notes:
- The four match win streak is the longest of the season and the longest since winning six straight in 2006, which is also the last time Lafayette advanced to the Patriot League Tournament.
- In Lafayette's last four wins, teams have won just two matches against the team.