Oct. 5, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. - The Army women's volleyball team came out of the weekend with a 3-1 win over perennial Patriot League rival American (18-2, 4-1 Patriot League) on Saturday, Oct. 5. The Black Knights (7-8, 4-1) handed American its first league loss of the season in four sets in Bender Arena.
Army came out to win the first set, 25-22, before American came back to steal the second, 25-21. The Black Knights rallied back to win sets three and four (25-23, 25-21) to claim the victory.
Senior co-captain outside hitter Margaux Jarka went double-double with a team high of 17 kills and 12 digs. Senior middle blocker Megan Wilton and freshman outside hitter Olivia Fairfield also had impressive numbers at the net with 12 and 14 kills, respectively. Wilton authored a hitting percentage of .611, a season-best mark, while Fairfield put up a hitting percentage of .406. Senior co-captain libero D.J. Phee led the team with 20 digs and junior setter Mary Vaccaro totaled 46 assists.
"Tonight we really played together as a team which is something that we have been stressing since the beginning," said Army head coach Alma Kovaci.
"There is absolutely no player that I can single out tonight. In the third, set we have 16 kills and no errors which is something that has never happened for us before. I am glad that we finally played at the level that I know we are capable of as a team. The coaching staff did a tremendous job and it was a great team win overall."
American took an early 6-1 lead with two kills and four forced errors to start the first set. Scrambling to catch up, kills from sophomore outside hitter Nicole Perri and Wilton brought the Black Knights back mid-set as they closed the gap to two points. While the Eagles attempted to pull ahead, Army fought back to tie it up, 21-21. American was able to capture the next point, but the Black Knights rallied for three and closed the set on top, 25-22.
The Eagles once again took an early lead as they opened the set 4-1. Kills from Jarka and senior right side hitter Kerry Horan kept the Black Knights in the game, though they were unable to close the Eagle's three point lead (10-7). Multiple forced errors for Army allowed American to extend its lead to 19-10 late. A five-point scoring swing closed the gap for the Black Knights, but the Eagles took the final point for a 25-21 victory.
American jumped ahead 7-2 to start the third-set, but Army came back to score the next six points. Though the Black Knights trailed behind, a strong offensive effort tied the score, 20-20. With 16 kills and zero errors, Army took closed the third set, 25-23.
What looked to be the most competitive of the match, the fourth set began with the Black Knights taking a 6-3 lead. Though the Eagles came back to tie the score, 8-8, Army once again pulled ahead to take the lead. After rallying for four points, the Black Knights forced an Eagles timeout with the score 20-16. A final kill from Jarka put the Black Knights on top as they took a 25-21 triumph over American in the final set.
Army will host its next two matches at Gillis Field House next weekend as the Black Knights continue Patriot League play. Army will host Lafayette on Friday, Oct. 11, and will compete with service academy rival Navy in the Star Match at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12. Live stats and video feed will be available for both games via GameTracker and Knight Vision (subscription fees apply). Fans are also encouraged to follow @Army_Volleyball for live updates during the matches.