Oct. 30, 2014WEST POINT, N.Y. – The Army volleyball team will embark on a three-match road trip starting Friday evening when the Black Knights take on Colgate in Hamilton N.Y. First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m. and the contest can be seen live online on Patriot League Network.
Army enters the match with an 11-13 record, including a 6-5 Patriot League mark. The Black Knights are currently on the outside looking in at a playoff berth with five matches to play, and are behind Colgate and Navy, who are tied with identical 7-3 conference records. The Raiders and Mids each have six matches remaining, including one against Army.
In the first meeting between Army and Colgate at West Point, the Black Knights rolled to a 3-0 sweep of the Raiders on Sept. 27. Army registered then-season highs in blocks (12) and aces (11). Sophomore Alexandra Bell equaled her career high with four blocks and tied for the team high in that category with Carolyn Bockrath. In addition to her four rejections, Bockrath was credited with seven kills and posted a .538 hitting percentage. Vanessa Edwards helped the cause by contributing a team and career-high four service aces.
Since the loss to Army, Colgate has gone 7-1 to improve its record to 13-7 and the only loss was to conference-leading American. The Raiders have won five straight decisions and boast a 15-1 games record during that time.
Senior Diane Seely leads Colgate and ranks third in the conference in hitting percentage at .313 this season, while classmate Kenzie Hume comes in 10th in the league at .246 percent. Setter Jackie Macy tops the Raiders with 5.49 assists per set and Elena Simpson averages 3.56 digs per set.
The Black Knights are second in the conference in hitting percentage (.214 percent) and boast the conference leader in that category in Bockrath, who owns a .386 hitting percentage. Bockrath (2.55 kps), classmate Amber Clay (2.82, eighth) and junior Nicole Perri (3.02, fifth) are both in the top ten in the Patriot League in kills per set. Defensively, Deanna Dalton is seventh in digs per set with 3.43. Setter Avery Alexander was named the reigning Patriot League Rookie of the Week after Army split its matches last weekend against Lehigh (L, 3-1) and Bucknell (W, 3-2).