Mountain Hawks fall in Patriot League opener
Posted: September 24, 2004
Easton, PA – Lehigh fell 3-0 to arch-rival Lafayette Friday night in the Patriot League opener for both teams. Game scores were 30-26, 30-21, 30-16. The Mountain Hawks fell to 1-10 on the season, 0-1 in the conference.
Lafayette is 8-4 (1-0).
The Mountain Hawks played their best volleyball of the match in game one, which was a back and forth affair. Lafayette was able to snag a few key points near the end to win 30-26.
Lehigh build a 10-7 lead in game two but the Leopards responded with a 17-6 run and would coast to a nine point victory.
In game three the Mountain Hawks dug themselves into a 12-4 hole before rallying within three. Lafayatte would counter with a 12-2 run of its own to put the game and match out of reach.
Michelle Schwendenmann had eight kills for the Mountain Hawks. Nikky Barnes led the defense with 10 digs. The junior captain is adjusting to her new role in the Libero position, replacing sophomore Cassidy Maumus who is out for the season.
“Nikky started the match very strong,” said coach Amanda Moran, who was able to find some silver linings in the loss.
“The serving was much better,” Moran said. “I thought Kathleen Lafferty had a good game setting.”
Lafferty, a freshman finished with 19 assists.
Veronica Canto-Ponce led Lafayette with 12 kills.
The Mountain Hawks return to the court Friday October 1, when Colgate visits the Leeman-Turner Arena. Game time set for , the game will be broadcast live on lehighsports.com