WEST POINT, N.Y. - Defense and quickness spelled victory for visiting Manhattan on Wednesday night as the Jaspers swept Army (25-19, 25-21, 25-17) in a non-league volleyball contest at Gillis Field House. The setback marked the first time Army (10-10) has been swept at home all season.
Sophomore OH Ariana Mankus paced the Black Knights with 12 kills and 11 digs, completing her ninth double-double of the season. Sophomore RS Francine Vasquez and freshman RS Margaux Jarka added six kills apiece. Vasquez added 11 digs, while junior L Kristina Keltner matched the team-high marker in her first libero start of the season.
Senior S Karyn Powell totaled 23 assists, while freshman S Lauren Wood spelled Powell through much fo the third set and finished with seven assists.
Army hit under .100 (.080) for just the fourth time this season. Manhattan (8-10) hit for a .200 percentage and got a team-high 10 kills from senior OH Diane Strutner. She also added 14 digs.
The Black Knights jumped out to a 5-1 lead on the serving consistency of Mankus to open the match. While Army remained in control through the first half of play, Manhattan slowly chipped away at the deficit. Trailing by a 12-9 score, the Jaspers used an 8-4 run to take a 17-16 lead on an Army miscue. The teams battled through two ties (17-17, 18-18) from there, but Manhattan broke the final tie with a 7-1 run to finish the set (25-19).
Army surged ahead early again in the second set as a Mankus kill gave the Black Knights a 9-4 cushion. Coming out of a Manhattan timeout, the Jaspers scored nine of the next 13 points to level the score at 13-13 on a Jaci Rahey kill. Army scored the next three points unanswered to go ahead by a 16-13 score. While Manhattan continued to stay on Army's heels, the Black Knights managed to maintain a 21-20 lead on another Mankus kill. Manhattan countered with a kill to tie the score and went on to close the set with a 4-0 run.
The most lop-sided set of the match, Manhattan cruised to a 17-6 lead and never looked back. The Black Knights settled down late, but were unable to successfully dig out of the significant hole.
Army resumes Patriot League play on Saturday as the Black Knights welcome Holy Cross to Gillis Field House for a 4 p.m. affair. Live statistics and Twitter (ArmyAthletics) updates will be available throughout the match.
Match Notes: The sweep marked the first time Army has been blanked at home since Aug. 29, 2009, against Sacred Heart ... Manhattan is now 4-0 against Patriot League opponents to include Army, Navy, Holy Cross and Lafayette ... Army has just one more non-league contest remaining as the team travels to Sacred Heart on Friday, Oct. 29 en route to visiting Holy Cross the following evening.