Volleyball Tops Navy, 3-2, to Complete Season Sweep
Nov. 11, 2011
ANNAPOLIS, Md. - The Lafayette volleyball team erased a 2-1 deficit en route to topping host Navy in five sets on Friday at Brown Field House. Kaitlynn Zoller led three Leopards in double-figure kills with 14 finishers.
With the win, Lafayette improved to 10-16 overall and 3-10 in Patriot League play. The Leopards, who swept Bucknell last Saturday, have won consecutive Patriot League matches for the first time since the 2008 campaign. Lafayette also completes a home-and-home sweep of Navy for the first time since 2006. The Mids now stand at 6-22 on the season with a 1-11 League record.
Zoller complemented her 14 kills with eight digs for the Leopards. Danielle Towslee hammered home 12 kills on 24 swings for a .417 hitting percentage (12-2-24), while Camissa Beghou also added a dozen finishers. Alana Taylor also turned in a efficient performance in the middle, slamming nine kills on 17 swings (9-2-17, .412). Katy Rooney chipped in with three kills, and Molly Belcher, Alexandra Russo and Melanie Weiss each had one kill. Belcher and Sarah Frohnapfel shared setting duties and distributed 24 and 16 assists, respectively.
Defensively, libero Christy Mebust led the back row with 24 digs. Belcher, Beghou and Russo each contributed five from the back row. Taylor fortified the net with a hand in five of the Leopards' eight blocks.
The Leopards were victorious in set one, 25-20, but dropped the next two by scores of 25-19 and 25-14. Lafayette had to overcome an early 12-6 deficit in set four before chipping away at the margin to eventually run the score to a 17-17 deadlock. The stalemate held to 23-23 before the Leopards ran off consecutive points to force a fifth set with a 25-23 win.
Lafayette jumped out to a fast 7-1 advantage in the deciding frame, but this time the Mids had a rally in them, coming back from the brink to force a 13-13 tie. The Leopards once again were the ones to break the deadlock, with back-to-back kills from Taylor and Zoller clinching a 15-13 triumph.
Navy's Erin Fortner led all played with 23 kills. She completed a double-double with 10 digs. Shelby Mass dished out 47 assists for the Mids, and Holly Berger registered 15 assists.
The Leopards close out the 2011 season tomorrow afternoon with a trip to perennial League powerhouse American.