Five-set loss for volleyball vs. Navy, takes one game against Patriot League leader American

Samantha Nguyen, Staff Writer

The volleyball team faced off against Navy and American during Homecoming Weekend. On Oct. 31, the Bison played Navy, pushing the match to five sets for the second time this season against the Mids in an eventual 3-2 loss. The next night they played undefeated American, losing 3-1.

“We played two very tough matches, and although our record does not show, this team improves every weekend. It is all about getting better,” said head coach Anna Allison.

Against Navy, the Orange and Blue started off strong but could not complete the victory. The Bison won the first set 28-26 but lost the next two.

Karen Campbell ’16 played exceptionally well with 15 kills, a .333 hitting percentage, and three blocks. Kristen Parks ’17 had a team-high 37 digs, and Meghan Wentzel ’16 finished with 22 assists.

A fourth-set victory by the same score of 28-26 was setup by an early 15-6 lead, but Navy took the final set 15-11. The fifth set was tight and ended up being tied at 10 at one point, but Navy earned five of the final six points.

The Orange and Blue looked to rebound against an American team that was 10-0 in Patriot League play entering the match. Back in Davis Gym, the two squads played four sets, and although the Bison won the second set (25-22), American eventually won the match. In the third set, the Bison fought hard and tied the match late in the set, but American took the third set 26-24. The Bison had little fight left in them during the final set, losing 25-13.

Parks finished with 28 digs, and Luz Nagle ’18 had a career-high 40 assists, adding six digs to her statline. Campbell had a .407 hitting percentage.

The Bison (4-17, 3-10 PL) will visit Lafayette on Nov. 7 but will return home for a game against Lehigh on Nov. 8 at 5 p.m.

“This upcoming weekend, we will face two PL opponents, and I hope that we can bring the same consistency and heart that we brought last weekend. Today, we are leading the Patriot League in digs and blocks, which are key elements for a successful outcome,” said Allison.

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