Mountain Hawks fall to rival Lafayette in season finale
Posted: November 11, 2005
EASTON, Pa. – Lehigh hoped to end the 2005 season on a high note, but the Mountain Hawks came up on the short end of a 3-0 score against archrival Lafayette Friday night at the Kirby Sports Center. Game scores were 30-22, 30-25 and 30-23 as the Mountain Hawks were unable to overcome serving difficulties against the Leopards. Lehigh wraps up the season with a 7-22 record, 0-14 in the Patriot League. Lafayette finishes up at 16-14, 5-9 in league matches. Neither team qualified for the Patriot League Tournament.
The Mountain Hawks overcame a slow start attacking the ball in game one and ended up hitting .137 for the match. Lehigh was eventually done in by 13 service errors, and a defense that allowed the Leopards to hit .252 on the evening.
Junior Michelle Schwendenmann led all players with 16 kills on the evening. She finishes the season with 362 kills, or 3.77 per game. Sophomore Shannon Spafford added seven kills and four block assists. Defensively, junior Cassidy Maumus tallied 12 digs, while senior Nikky Barnes recorded 11 in her final collegiate match. Fellow senior Morgan Volkart finished with six kills in her final match.
Veronica Canto-Ponce led Lafayette tallying a double-double with 13 kills and 10 digs.
Lehigh’s season concludes with a 7-22 record, a five win improvement over 2004. The Mountain Hawks won their final four non-league matches, but despite several outstanding efforts and close calls were unable to win a league match this season.