Lehigh splits first day of Steel Tournament

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04.09.2021 | 4 p.m.

BETHLEHEM, Pennsylvania – A rowdy crowd at Leeman Turner Arena certainly helped bring Lehigh volleyball to a close the day after beating St. Francis Brooklyn in four straight sets (25-15, 22-25, 25-12, 25- 18) in the Steel Tournament opener, while falling in five sets against Dartmouth (26-24, 25-23, 20-25, 15-25, 13-15) to end the evening at home. The Mountain Hawks (1-4) have lost four of their first five games to open the 2021 season.

Lehigh looked early on in the rhythm and won the first set dominantly over the Terriers, 25-15. The Mountain Hawks scored .450 as a team for the set with 11 kills.

St. Francis Brooklyn struggled back, taking the momentum from the end of the first and moving into the second with a 25:22 win to even out the match by a piece.

From that point on, it was all Lehigh, dominating the third set 25-12 to take a 2-1 lead, staying tough and taking the seven-point win in the fourth to take his first win of the 2021 season .

Freshman Megan Schulte posted a career high of 18 kills with 11 digs, adding four blocks in total. Hannah Wright counted 11 kills while freshman setter Makena Smith handled 35 assists and 10 digs. Lehigh had a season high of .396 for the game, with just 11 errors in 101 attacks.

With a seven-hour break between games, the Mountain Hawks got back to work, facing a Dartmouth team that won a set of three over Binghamton just hours earlier.

The Mountain Hawks did a quick job on the big green to win the first two sets, 26-24 and 25-23, despite the back and forth feeling between the two teams. Dartmouth took advantage of this in the third by coming from behind to take the 25:20 win and again in the fourth with a 25:15 set win.

The Mountain Hawks have only played in their second five-set match of the young season so far and even stayed on the big green for most of the fifth, watching Dartmouth pull away late to a 15-13 win.

Schulte, who set a career high with 18 kills in the first match of the day, broke her mark at 21 against Dartmouth, hitting 227 in 66 attacks. She also added 16 digs and three block assists for her second straight double-double. Sabrina Lancaster added 16 kills while Hannah Wright had seven and Sophia Meagher had five.

Lehigh hit .158 for the match, including .280 in the fifth and final set, despite the loss.

The Mountain Hawks will end the weekend and tournament on Saturday at 4pm against Binghamton.

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