Nov. 2, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. – The Army volleyball team fell to Colgate (18-7, 10-1 Patriot League) in a 3-0 decision on Saturday, Nov. 2, at Gillis Field House. The Black Knights (12-10, 9-3) held strong with the Raiders in the beginning of each set, but Colgate remained ahead and came out on top with a three set win.
Senior right side hitter Kerry Horan led Army with 11 kills as freshman middle blocker Olivia Fairfield followed with nine kills and a .316 average hitting percentage.
On defense, senior co-captain libero D.J. Phee and senior co-captain outside hitter Margaux Jarka contributed, 15 and 10 digs, respectively. The Black Knights held strong at the net as they finished with seven blocks compared to Colgate’s two. Sophomore setter Vanessa Edwards added 33 assists in the Saturday night upset.
“Give credit to Colgate, they came out strong and showed us a great performance from both the players and coaches tonight,” said Army head coach Alma Kovaci. “Our serve and pass game struggled a lot today, we missed a lot of serves and we missed a lot of passes. We have to get those balls in order to get those points, especially in those long rallies. What we take from this game is we have to be tougher when we are coming out to face another tough team. We need to learn from this loss and come away from it quickly as we face American and Loyola next weekend.”
The first set opened with a 10-point rally as teams kept it close with a 5-5 tie score. Kills from Colgate’s Kenzie Hume and Kathleen Harris allowed for the Raiders to pull away from the Black Knights as they took a 12-9 lead, before kills from sophomore outside hitter Nicole Perri and Jarka evened it out, 14-14. After being forced into a mid-set timeout, Colgate broke through to take a four-point lead and close the set with a 25-21 victory.
The start of the second set mimicked the first as teams fought it out for 18 points with an early 9-9 tie score. Colgate then forced Army into an early timeout which provoked a kill from Edwards and back-to-back blocks from Fairfield, Jarka and Edwards to tie the game 12-12. Forced attack errors and two kills from Katie Reilly allowed for the Raiders to take a five-point lead, which they were able to hold onto for the remainder of the second set. Colgate went out to finish the set with a 25-18 win over Army.
Teams went point-for-point to open the third set, with a kill from each side of the net. Additional kills from Horan and Jarka kept the Black Knights in play as Colgate continued to collect points for a score of 14-10. After forcing Army into a timeout the Raiders pulled ahead as the lengthened their lead to five points to make the score, 19-14. Only allowing Army to collect three additional points, Colgate went on to collect a 25-17 decision at Gillis Field House.
Colgate’s Diane Seely and Lindsay Young led the Raiders with 11 and 10 kills, respectively.
The Black Knights return to Gillis Field House for their final home matches of the season as they are set to host American on Friday, Nov. 8, and Loyola on Saturday, Nov. 9. Saturday’s match versus Loyola also marks Army’s senior day in which five volleyball seniors will be recognized for their accomplishments on the court. Both matches can be viewed via Knight Vision (subscription fees apply) as well as GameTracker on the Army volleyball schedule page. Fans are encouraged to follow the matches from the @Army_Volleyball twitter handle.