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Leopards Begin Tourney with Pair of Victories

Sept. 4, 2015

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EASTON, Pa. – Lafayette kicked off its 2015 home schedule in style on Friday, defeating Fairleigh Dickinson (3-0) and Saint Peter’s (3-2) in day one of this year’s Crosstown Tournament. Brianne Giangiobbe totaled 12 kills in each of the two matches to lead the offensive attack.

The Leopards welcomed the Knights (1-3) to begin the day, and they started to take control in the middle of the opening set. Trailing 10-7, Lafayette claimed nine of the next 11 points, capped by an ace from Maria Balus, to take a 16-12 advantage, and a kill from Giangiobbe clinched the set at 25-17.

Two 6-0 runs propelled the Leopards in the following set. The first began with a kill from Elizabeth Walsh, and the home team would then win five straight points on Lauren Pisauro’s serve to take a 7-4 edge. With FDU again on top 10-9, a Giangiobbe kill started the following run, and this time it was on Katherine Stevens serve that Lafayette rattled off five in a row. Another Walsh kill ended the set with the Leopards holding a 25-15 lead.

The third set played out in similar fashion. The teams were close at the midway point, with Lafayette hanging on by a 12-11 margin before a 5-0 run allowed for some breathing room. An attack error ultimately sealed the match, with the final set finishing up 25-19.

Pisauro led the defense with 24 digs overall, while Stevens and Maggie Evans added five kills apiece.

Initially, it looked like the Leopards were heading for another sweep against the Peacocks (0-2), as they took the first two sets 25-17 and 25-15. Saint Peter’s, however, rallied to take the next two sets by 25-16 and 25-19 margins before Lafayette clamped down for a 15-3 rout in the deciding set.

Balus served to begin that fifth set, and four of her five aces in the match came in a 10-0 run which effectively wrapped things up. The freshman setter also tallied 38 assists and a team-high 11 digs.

Pisauro chipped in another 10 digs, Stevens finished with 10 kills and Jet Manzi matched Balus with five aces of her own.

“It’s great to get two consecutive wins on the first day,” head coach Terri Dadio Campbell said. “We’re looking forward to Saturday and matching the intensity of what I think are going to be two strong opponents.”

With the victories, the Leopards will take a 2-1 record into matchups with Morehead State (10 a.m.) and Marist (1 p.m.) tomorrow afternoon at the Kirby Sports Center.

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