Sept. 27, 2013
HAMILTON, N.Y. - The Army volleyball team fell to defending Patriot League champion Colgate, 3-1, in Hamilton, N.Y., Friday evening. It was the league opener for the host Raiders (8-5, 1-0 Patriot League), who handed the Black Knights (5-8, 2-1 Patriot League) their first conference loss of the season. Colgate took the first two sets (25-22, 25-15) before the Black Knights battled back to win the third set, 25-18, with the Raiders clinching the win with a 25-13 decision in the fourth set .
Three Army players posted double-doubles in the loss to Colgate. Senior co-captain outside hitter Margaux Jarka accounted for 10 kills and 13 digs, junior setter Mary Vaccaro followed with 23 assists and 15 digs, and sophomore setter Vanessa Edwards had 11 assists and 14 digs. Senior middle blocker Megan Wilton led the offense with 11 kills with an average hitting percentage of .476.
On defense, freshman Olivia Fairfield manned the net leading the Black Knights with four blocks and 10 kills. Senior co-captain libero and junior defensive specialist Deanna Dalton had 20 and nine digs, respectively.
"Give credit to Colgate, they were better than us today," said head coach Alma Kovaci. "Our ball control was lacking and that is key in winning matches. We keep learning a lot about ourselves, and we will get back in the gym on Monday and continue to improve. It is a long journey and we will get there."
Colgate scored the first points of the first set before two kills from Fairfield tied the score, 2-2. As the set progressed, kills from Jarka and forced errors by the Raiders gave the Black Knights a six-point lead with the score 11-5. Following a timeout, momentum swung to Colgate's favor as it was able to tie the set, 15-15. Both teams fought hard for the final point with five tied scores before Colgate pulled out a 25-22 victory.
The second set began with forced errors by Colgate, which allowed Army to take an early two- point lead. Colgate quickly answered with kills from senior right side hitter Kate Reily and junior middle blocker Kenzie Hume. The Raiders pulled ahead with a four- point rally for a 10-6 lead, and were never headed as they maintained a minimum three-point cushion. Army's rally fell short as Colgate secured a 25-15 decision.
Army took control of the third set with kills from Fairfield, Vaccaro and Wilton to take an early lead. With the score tied 8-8, kills from Colgate's Reily and Hume were matched by two kills and a service ace from Jarka, which allowed the Black Knights to pull ahead 18-14. Army held Colgate to just four points the rest of the way to claim the win (25-18).
Colgate jumped out to an early 9-3 lead in the fourth set, and was able maintain an eight-point cushion following kills from Jarka and Wilton. But forced errors from the defense allowed the Black Knights to remain in the game. The Raiders answered with an offensive attack and were able to stretch their lead to twelve points en route to a 25-13 triumph.
Army returns to action next weekend when it heads to Baltimore, Md., to take on Loyola on Friday, Oct. 4, followed by American in Washington, D.C., on Saturday, Oct. 5. Live stats will be available on prestosports.com in addition to a video feed. Links to both can be found on aueagles.com. Fans are encouraged to follow @Army_Volleyball for live updates as well as goARMYsports.com for a recap and stats following each match.