Mountain Hawks cruise to sweep of Binghamton in weekend finale
09/10/2021 | 1:30 p.m.
BETHLEHEM, Pennsylvania – It was another dominant performance for the Lehigh volleyball team, who got away with a set of three from Binghamton (25-14, 25-19, 25-21) to improve to 2-4 in the 2021 season and finish the Lehigh Steel Tournament with a 2-1 record.
The Bearcats (1-5) ran out of energy at the end of the game against the Mountain Hawks (2-4) after losing five sets earlier in the day to St. Francis Brooklyn. Binghamton stayed back early and Lehigh persisted.
“We definitely did a great job with our serve today,” said head coach Alexa Keckler. “I was pretty happy that we got them out of the system. We did a pretty good job in depth and had a lot of contributors in this game. That was really nice.”
“We saw that our middle has a little more action today, which we focused more on. Overall, we’re happy to finish third, getting the job done, but especially from the Serviceline.”
Lehigh gained a lead early on and was able to expand it by seven points in the second part of the first set. After a kill by Stefana Stan, the Mountain Hawks made four consecutive decisions thanks to a kill by Lylah Washington and a service ace for Megan Schulte.
With the second set, all tied at eight apiece, Lehigh scored six points in a row to take a 14-8 lead. Binghamton stayed within two points at one point, but the Mountain Hawks scored five of the last six points to claim a 25:19 win in the second set.
Lehigh’s runs in the third and final set gave him a comfortable lead and despite a late set nudge from Binghamton with three consecutive points to 24-21, the Mountain Hawks held the victory through Hannah Wright’s sixth kill of the competition.
“Overall, they are from an offensive point of view [Binghamton] have still found ways to score points around us, “said Keckler.” I thought our team adjusted very well today. We found the floor a little better. It was a longer early game for Binghamton and they certainly still brought some firepower with them and our girls did a good job containing that. “
Schulte won her third match in a row with double digit kills, scoring 10 to top all the players on the pitch. Wright added six while Emily Stewart and Sabrina Lancaster each had three. Makena Smith led the way with 13 assists, three block assists, and four digs, while Kyleigh Brown had 20 digs to speed up the team.
Stewart was a service line magician and ended up with five aces.
The Mountain Hawks scored .129 as a team with 28 kills. They defeated Binghamton, 48-42, with eight blocks, 10 aces and 26 assists.
Lehigh returns to the streets for the Tiger Invitational in Towson next weekend, and meets the hosting team on Saturday, then Florida Atlantic and Temple.
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