Sept. 26, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. – Looking to extend its perfect 2-0 start in Patriot League play, the Army volleyball team will play Colgate for its third league match on Friday night. The Black Knights will travel to Hamilton, N.Y. on Sept. 27 for the 7 p.m. match against the 7-5 Raiders.
Army improved to a 5-7 record following a competitive, 3-2, comeback win over Lehigh last Friday and 3-0 sweep over Bucknell Saturday night. The Black Knights won both Patriot League matches in addition to a, 3-2, win over academy rival Air Force, dating back to the Service Academy Challenge in Washington D.C.
Colgate enters the weekend having competed in four invitationals and will host its first Patriot League match of the 2013-14 season.
After the first weekend of league play, Army is building its way up back to the top of the Patriot League list. Major awards were given to the Black Knights on Monday for both offensive and defensive efforts in last weekend’s matches. Senior middle blocker Megan Wilton received honors as the first volleyball player in the 2013 season to be named the Athletic Association Athlete of the Week. Wilton averaged 3.38 kills per set and a .333 hitting percentage in wins against Bucknell and Lehigh over the weekend.
Freshman outside hitter Olivia Fairfield also received honors for her standout performance over the weekend as the Molton Patriot League Rookie of the Week. Fairfield reached double numbers in kills for both matches over the weekend and led the Black knights with five blocks. Fairfield has managed 135 kills in 48 sets with an average hitting percentage on .321.
The last two meetings against the Raiders were recorded as, 3-1 and 3-2, losses for the Black Knights, respectively. Colgate then went on to finish the season with five straight wins against American, Lehigh, Navy and Holy Cross to win the 2012 Patriot League Championship title. Army leads the all-time series with Colgate by a 32-26 margin.
Colgate started the season with three straight wins at their home invitational, the Colgate Classic. The Raiders then went on to have an array of wins and losses for a 4-5 record on the road. Senior setter Kaylee Fifer ranks first in the league in assists with 452 in 45 sets, while senior libero Caitlin Cremin leads the league in digs with 227 in 26 sets.
Fans are encouraged to follow @Army_Volleyball for real-time updates on Friday’s game in addition to play-by-play action on GameTracker which will begin at 7 p.m. Those looking for a recap and stats can log onto goARMYsports.com following the match.