Lehigh downed by Colgate in spring opener

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02/28/2021 | 4 p.m.


HAMILTON, NY – The Lehigh volleyball team struggled hard late in the first and second sets and didn’t have many answers for Colgate at the season opener Friday afternoon. It fell 3-0 (16:25, 21:25, 13: 1). 25) on the way to the Raiders at Cotterell Court.

The Mountain Hawks, who played in the Patriot League tournament for the first time since November 2019, scored just 0.075 in the match with a total of 22 kills and dropped their sixth consecutive decision against Colgate from the 2017 season.

The Raiders (2: 1) got down to work in the first set and led to the start of the game with 10: 1. The Mountain Hawks, who fell 17-4, found their life in the insertion of freshman Sophie Robinson, who helped Lehigh get nine of the next 12 points to 20-13. Claire Nagelhout and newcomer Lylah Washington’s kills had the Mountain Hawks within seven points, but the Raiders held for a 25-16 set win.

The newbies go to work! ?

Alina Smith and Lylah Washington get the block for falling in the first set.

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– Lehigh Volleyball (@LehighVBall) February 26, 2021

Lehigh stayed near Colgate at the beginning of the second set and bandaged it twice when Hannah Wright’s killing by Sarah Carman knotted the Mountain Hawks at 3. The Raiders rattled off six direct points and took a 9-3 lead. After an Ace from Allison Garrett 15-9, the Mountain Hawks were three of the next four points to 17-13 and only got three points after four consecutive attack errors, but a Harper Snyder kill gave Colgate a set 2, 25-21.

Colgate continued his dominance in the third set with a series of six straight points, advancing 16-4 to the Mountain Hawks. Lehigh was able to do five of seven in the middle leg of the third to chase 23-12, but the Raiders persisted and got away with the 25-13 final. The loss drops Lehigh to 0-1 to kick off the 2021 spring season.

Senior Sabrina Lancaster was in the lead with six kills and added five digs. Lylah Washington had five kills, five digs and two block assists on her debut. Sarah Carman finished with 16 assists and three service aces while Allison Garrett amassed seven digs.

Oh baby Lancaster makes it look simple.

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– Lehigh Volleyball (@LehighVBall) February 26, 2021

The Raiders hit an efficient .326 that day and were led by preseason player of the year Alli Lowe with 13 kills and nine digs. Julia Kurowski led the Raiders with 27 assists.

The Mountain Hawks return to Leeman Turner Arena at Grace Hall for 4 p.m. on Sunday afternoon against Colgate. The game will be broadcast live on ESPN +.

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