Posted: September 19, 2008
TOWSON, Md. – The Lehigh volleyball team lost the opening match of the Towson Invitational on Friday to North Dakota in three sets. The Mountain Hawks struggled to get going in the opening sets, and they were unable to mount a comeback in time to pull out the win.
Chelsea Sheridan put up some impressive numbers for the Mountain Hawks, tying with Angelika Kopacz for the team lead in kills. The most encouraging number for Sheridan was that she only made two errors for a .333 hitting percentage.
“She had a solid game,” head coach Jenny Maurer said about Sheridan. “I just think we didn’t go to her enough early on.”
The Mountain Hawks went to Sheridan and Emily Flanagan – who had four kills for a .500 hitting percentage – more in the last set, and it helped them improve their numbers. Lehigh actually outhit North Dakota in the final frame, .206 to .172, but the end result was the same, with the Fighting Sioux holding on for the 28-26 win to close out the match.
“We really just cleaned up our game,” Maurer said. “We hit our shots and we were going after them a lot harder.”
Lehigh could not find its rhythm against the Fighting Sioux, making six errors and totalling just five kills in the first set. While the Mountain Hawks struggled to hit .048 in the opening frame, North Dakota came out flying with a .348 hitting percentage and 12 kills, en route to a 25-16 set win.
The Mountain Hawks were more aggressive in the second set, notching 11 kills, but they also made 11 errors in the set. They jumped out to the lead in the early moments before letting it slip away. The Fighting Sioux only got better in the second set, making 12 kills and just one error for a .423 hitting percentage. The .000 hitting percentage for Lehigh put them in a hole that they could not climb out of, and once again the Brown and White fell 25-16.
“We show flashes of greatness,” Maurer said. “There were some great things that happened today, but it was just too little, too late.”
The Mountain Hawks record for the season is now 4-6. They will return to action on Saturday for the second game of the Towson Invitational against Maryland at 10:30 a.m.