Mountain Hawks close weekend with four-set defeat to Toledo

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St. Francis Brooklyn

03.09.2021 | 12 o’clock

BLACKSBURG, Virginia – fifth year Hannah Wright brought the energy and recorded 14 kills to crown a successful solo weekend, but Lehigh fell in four sets (9-25, 17-25, 25-21, 19-25) against Toledo that Virginia Tech Invitational. The loss drops the Mountain Hawks to 0-3 to begin the 2021 season.

Lehigh took an early 4-1 lead in the first set, but the wheels began to fall off from that point on when Toledo slipped five points in a row to take a 6-4 lead. From that point on, the Rockets went on a 19-5 run to win the first set with 25-9. Lehigh only managed four kills with six errors during the set, while Toledo scored .583.

Similar to the first set, the Mountain Hawks took a 7-2 lead after three kills from Wright, but Toledo took a 9-0 lead and took an 11-7 lead. Lehigh struggled back to take six points 19-13, but the Rockets rallied to take the set 25-17 and take a confident 2-0 lead.

In the third straight match of the tournament, Lehigh was two sets behind and wanted to win three sets to win the match. The Mountain Hawks started the third fight with an 8-4 run on four points in a row. At 14-9, the Rockets led the gap to two after three points in a row, but Lehigh held on to get away with the 25:21 win.

Lehigh led 9-8 to open fourth, but Toledo made another huge run, a 9-0 sprint to take the lead 17-9. Three straight Hannah Wright kills had the Mountain Hawks within five points after trailing 24-14, but the Rockets used an Olivia Vance kill to score the 3-1 win.

Wright was leading with 14 kills, also added two blocks and a trench. Sabrina Lancaster finished with eight kills while hitting .154, and Sophia Meagher had five kills and five blocks.

Sarah Burau took on most of the setter duties against Toledo, counting 23 assists with five digs. Kyleigh Brown led with 12 digs and added four assists.

Lehigh is returning home this weekend to host the Lehigh Steel Tournament at Grace Hall. The Mountain Hawks will meet St. Francis Brooklyn Friday noon and Dartmouth at 7:00 p.m. Lehigh ends the weekend against Binghamton at 4:00 p.m. on Saturday

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