Lehigh battles but falls to rival Lafayette
Posted: October 22, 2004
Bethlehem, PA – The Mountain Hawks came out inspired against rival Lafayette, but it was the Leopards who came away with a 3-1 victory in Friday night’s Patriot League match at the Leeman-Turner Arena at Grace Hall. Game scores were 29-31, 30-24, 30-23 and 31-29 as Lehigh suffered its seventh consecutive defeat and fell to 2-17 on the year, 1-7 in the Patriot League.
Lafayette is 11-10 overall, 2-5, Patriot League.
Lehigh came out strong in game one, building a 21-15 lead which became 29-23. Lafayette would rally however, tying the game at 29 before the Mountain Hawks were able to muster the final two points.
Game two was a back and forth affair, with the Leopards pulling away in the end. In game three the Mountain Hawks dug themselves a 22-14, before climbing back and ultimately losing by seven. Down four in the fourth game, the Mountain Hawks rallied to take a lead and had several game point opportunities but were unable to capitalize.
“This was probably the best game we played all year in terms of consistency,” said coach Amanda Moran. “We dug ourselves a few holes and fought back, it really could have gone either way.”
Four Mountain Hawks totaled double digit kills in the match, led by Michelle Schwendenmann’s 18. Defensively four players recorded double digit digs. Senior Jill Racketa had a season-high 23 digs to go with her 12 kills.
Veronica Canto-Ponce led Lafayette with 22 kills and 17 digs.
The Mountain Hawks return to the court on Friday, October 29 when they visit Bucknell. Game time set for 7:00, from Lewisburg, Pennsylvania.