Mountain Hawks fight, but can’t overcome Colgate at home
05.03.2021 | 19 o’clock
BETHLEHEM, PA. – Lehigh volleyball narrowly held the game in the first two sets and failed to take a third set kick from Colgate. He fell 3-0 (20:25, 23:25, 11:25) at Leeman on Sunday afternoon at Turner Arena at Grace Hall. The Mountain Hawks drop to 0-2 to open the Spring 2021 campaign while the Raiders improve to 3-1.
“I think when we played Colgate two days ago with a day of preparation we did a really good job improving what we had to focus on from Friday,” said head coach Alexa Keckler. “But there were a lot fewer runs today. We were able to stand on the side, we defended much better and our pass was still very strong. We only play against young players and you can only expect so much at the moment.”
The Mountain Hawks kept it competitive in the first set, rattling off four consecutive points to take a 5-4 lead after an Ava Hudson kill. The two teams rallied back and forth for much of the set when Lehigh took control of the ball, which was between 15-14. A kill by Claire Nagelhout and three Colgate attack errors had put the Mountain Hawks in the lead 18-15.
However, Colgate made a 10-2 run to close the set, including eight straight points to take the 25:20 win.
The Raiders opened the second set with a 6-4 push, but a 5-2 Mountain Hawks run, crowned by a kill by freshman Lylah Washington, put Lehigh 9-8 ahead. While Lehigh led 11-10, the Raiders took the lead with nine of the next eleven points 19-13.
After 21:16, Hudson breathed life into the Mountain Hawks by scoring the first of five Lehigh points in a row to tie the setup at 21. Colgate took advantage of 23:21 on two consecutive kills of Libby Overmyer and Alli Lowe. But the Mountain Hawks did it again at 23 thanks to the Hudson and Sabrina Lancaster kills.
Highlights of today’s game against Colgate Go Go # GoLehigh #DoRight pic.twitter.com/M6Bx4hW33x
– Lehigh Volleyball (@LehighVBall) March 1, 2021 Hailey Horn-Bostel and Alli Lowe closed the door to take the 25-23 set two wins to 2-0.
The Raiders opened set three with an 8: 1 run and led 15: 5 into the home straight. The Mountain Hawks closed the gap to nine (19-10), but Colgate ended the day on a 6-1 run to win the 25-11 set with three wins and the match 3-0 for the second year in a row to win.
Junior Ava Hudson led Lehigh with nine kills, five digs, and a hit of .261. Sabrina Lancaster finished with seven kills and nine digs, while Lylah Washington had six kills and seven digs in her second college match. Freshman setter Sarah Burau made her Lehigh debut with 25 assists with four digs, while senior libero Allison Garrett completed a total of 10 digs. The Mountain Hawks hit as a team .089 throughout the game but hit .258 in the second set.
“As captain, Ava really turned it on today,” said Keckler. “She realized how she can affect the team and the respect the team has for her positive attitude and energy on the pitch. She is extremely trainable. The things we talked about she were able to apply on the pitch and I’m super proud of her and we are excited to see how she develops. “
Colgate was led by Alli Lowe with 14 kills and seven digs, while Bridget Kolsky finished with 12 digs and Julia Kurowski had 36 assists.
Lehigh will face Lafayette at the Kirby Sports Center on Friday night at 7 p.m. and return home at 4 p.m. against the Leopards at Grace Hall on Sunday March 7th.
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Gallery: (02/28/2021) Lehigh Volleyball vs. Colgate, 02/28/21