Lehigh completes weekend sweep of Bucknell with convincing 3-0 victory

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03/21/2021 | 14 o’clock


BETHLEHEM, Pennsylvania – Lehigh ended a 2-0 weekend break against Bucknell with a 3-0 Bison Sundayab win at Leeman-Turner Arena at Grace Hall.

The trio combined 38 of Lehigh’s 46 kills in a day that the Mountain Hawks hit .483 as a team. The Mountain Hawks added eight team blocks to improve to 2-4 in the season, while Bucknell drops to 1-3.

“Our two senior hitters Hannah and Sabrina really stepped it up,” said Lehigh head coach Alexa Keckler. “They intensified it in training and played on the pitch in the games this weekend. They both hit over .400, which is very impressive. They got back into their groove and are improving.”

“As a team, we touch more defensively and make bigger moves, so it made a huge difference on the pitch between those and their attacks.”

Lehigh broke an 8-8 tie in the first set by scoring four of the next five points to take a 12-9 lead. Three straight kills, two from Wright and one from Lancaster, brought the Mountain Hawks up at 17-12. Bucknell never came back within three points. A Washington kill finally ended a 25-17 set win.

The Mountain Hawks started quickly in the second set and won 10 of the first 13 points. The lead grew to 15-6. The bison came within 19-17, but a 3-0 run by Lehigh, capped by a service ace from Alina Lam, restored a five-point cushion. A Washington kill cemented a 25:19 win and a 2-0 lead for Lehigh.

In the third set, Lehigh ran out 5-0, including three other Lam-aces. Bucknell never got closer than four points the rest of the way. Consecutive kills from Wright and Washington rounded off a 25-14 set win that gave the Mountain Hawks their second win of the weekend.

“It was super exciting,” said Keckler of Washington. “I’m really excited to see how it develops. She doesn’t give in. She is very calm and cool to play six rotations as a newbie. She did a great job learning from game to game and applying is really a coachable group. They take feedback and apply it very quickly, which makes a big difference. “

Washington had eight digs and five block assists for their 16 kills. Lancaster finished with 12 kills and a hit rate of .500 while Wright double-doubled with 10 kills and 10 digs.

Lam had four aces and a team of 19 assists, while freshman Sarah Burau added 17 assists. Freshman Ally Thaw led the Mountain Hawks with 11 digs.

“The energy and excitement on the pitch and on the sidelines made a huge difference,” said Keckler. “I’m grateful to the captains and the energy up to the newcomers was really good to see.”

Bucknell was spearheaded by Lisa Zoch’s nine kills. The bison only hit .174 for the game.

The Mountain Hawks and Bison are scheduled to meet again next weekend, with Lehigh receiving Bucknell on Friday at 7 p.m. and then traveling to Lewisburg on Sunday at 4 p.m. Friday’s home game will be streamed on ESPN +.

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