Oct. 31, 2014
The win completes the season sweep of Colgate for Army and improves the team to 12-13 overall and 7-5 in the Patriot League. Colgate drops to 13-8 on the year and 7-4 in the conference standings.
“I can’t sugar coat this match,” head coach Alma Kovaci said. “It was ugly volleyball. Things were not going our way, but I am extremely proud of our young team learning to compete and finding a way to to win even during tough periods of time. We used a lot of substitutions and everyone performed when we needed them to step up. We are looking forward to practices next week so we can continue to get better.”
Nicole Perri and Carolyn Bockrath led the offensive charge with 12 and 11 kills, respectively, while Avery Alexander recorded her fourth straight double-double with 40 assists and 15 digs. Deanna Dalton had 21 digs of her own to lead Army defensively. Rachel Gearon contributed nine kills and added a match-high five blocks.
Army secured a victory in the opening set by scoring the final four points in a 25-23 triumph. Trailing 23-21 following an Army attack error, Colgate controlled the serve but gave it right back to Army when it was unable to keep the serve in play. A kill by Perri tied the score at 23 apiece and Colgate used a timeout. Army continued the run out of the stoppage with Vanessa Wesley’s spike and the Black Knights finished off the Raiders when Colgate’s Katie Fauntleroy attack went awry.
The visiting Black Knights opened up a 5-1 cushion in the second set and forced Colgate to burn an early timeout after three straight attack errors by the Raiders. Colgate slowly crept back into the game and eventually used an 8-0 run when it was down 15-12 to take the lead for good. Army used both of its timeouts during the stretch, but the Black Knights were unable to stop the bleeding and Colgate eventually ran away with a 25-18 win to level the contest at 1-1.
Colgate built a 15-11 advantage in the third set after a kill by Brooke Shupryt-Knoop before four straight Army points tied the score at 15 all. The mini run included a kill by Perri and Army took advantage of three Colgate miscues. The next 10 points were distributed evenly until Army forced two more Army errors to go ahead 22-20. Following a Colgate timeout, Perri put in an ace and two additional Colgate errors helped Army take the critical third set 25-22.
Army sealed the win with a narrow 25-23 triumph in the decisive fourth frame. Neither side led by more than two until Army opened up a 17-14 lead that prompted a Colgate timeout. After the break, Molly McDonald put down a kill to push Army ahead by four and the teams traded points until Army was up 21-17. From there, Colgate stormed in front with five points in a row before the score was eventually knotted at 23-23. Bockrath erased any doubt of a fifth set with back-to-back kills to put the Raiders away.
Army resumes its road swing on Nov. 7 when it takes on Loyola at 7 p.m. in Baltimore, Md.