(West Point, NY – Sept. 29, 2012) In a match between the top two teams in the Patriot League, the Colgate women’s volleyball team responded with a 3-1 (25-18, 24-26, 25-22, 25-18) win over Army on Saturday evening.
The Raiders (6-11, 4-0 PL), with the win are the only team left in the Patriot League with an undefeated conference mark and sit alone in first place. Colgate got a tremendous effort from Diane Seely tonight with 16 kills and six total blocks. Lindsay Young tallied 16 kills as well. Kaylee Fifer racked up 47 assists and 12 digs for a double-double, while Caitlin Cremin added 23 digs and Allie Dyer had 21.
The Black Knights (11-6, 3-1 PL) saw Marguax Jarka record 16 kills, while Mary Vaccaro had 37 assists and D.J. Phee posted 23 digs. Ariana Mankus chipped in with 11 kills.
This was an incredible match and as a coach, I am extremely proud of our entire team as they battled the entire night,” said head coach Ryan Baker. “We still have a long road ahead of us, but it makes the drive home much better.”
In the first set, Colgate got out to a 10-7 lead thanks to two kills from Seely and Mari Faines, while also getting block from Faines. Army fired back to tie the set at 10-10, but the Raiders answered with an 8-1 run to open up an 18-11 lead. Faines and Seely combined on a block and Michelle McCarthy added a kill during the run. The Black Knights tried to inch closer, but the Raiders put away the set with a kill by Seely and another block by Faines and Seely. Colgate went up 1-0 with a 25-18 win.
Army rebounded early in the second set, getting a lead of 5-2. The Raiders chipped away and tied the set at 7-7 with a kill from Seely and an ace from Kenzie Hume. Neither team had more than a two-point lead throughout the set and Colgate was able to erase a 23-21 Army lead late in the match with a kill by Lindsay Young and an Army error. A block by Seely gave the Raiders a 24-23 lead, but the Black Knights stormed back to earn the 26-24 win on three-straight Colgate errors.
The Raiders put the second set behind them and came out with a 25-22 win to go up 2-1 in the match. The set started like the second with no team earning more than a two-point lead. Colgate changed that with a 17-14 lead after kills by McCarthy and Young. The Raiders never relinquished the advantage and had a set-high four-point lead at 23-18 after Brooke Shupryt-Knoop earned a kill. Fifer closed out the set with a kill to earn the 25-22 win.
The back-and-forth battle continued in the third set with the Black Knights jumping out to a 5-0 lead with two kills and a block from Francine Vasquez. Colgate once again chipped away and got to within two at 8-6 with McCarthy recording another kill. The resiliency of the Raiders paid off as Colgate took a 14-13 lead with four-straight points on Army errors.
The teams went played evenly over the next few points, but back-to-back kills by Young and Fifer, followed by a strike from Seely gave Colgate a 20-17 lead causing an Army timeout. The Raiders then put the match out of reach for the Black Knights with two aces by Fifer and kills from Young and Shupryt-Knoop to win the fourth set by a 25-18 score and the match at 3-1.
“Our defensive specialists were the difference makers,” mentioned Baker. “Dyer, Cremin, Shupryt-Knoop and Lexi Finger passed and dug everything.”
Colgate will put its undefeated conference mark on the line next Thursday evening as the Raiders visit Bucknell for a 7 p.m. start.