Mountain Hawks end weekend with 3-0 loss
Posted: September 16, 2006
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Lehigh finished its weekend at the Penn State Classic going up against another tough offense, suffering a 3-0 loss to Tennessee State on Saturday afternoon at the Recreation Building. Game scores were 30-19, 30-18 and 23-20. The Mountain Hawks now drop to 0-13 on the season while Tennessee State improves to 6-7.
Tennessee State’s offense proved to be a power to contend with in the first two games as the Tigers had hitting percentages of .353 in the first game and .433 in the second. A big leader in the Tigers’ offense was Erika Godbolt who had 9 kills off 15 total attacks and a .533 hitting percentage.
Senior Michelle Schwendenmann led the Mountain Hawks and the match with 11 kills. Classmate Courtney Cherry had a team-high of nine digs while freshmen Kelly O’Keefe and Sarah Wolfe combined for 28 assists. O’Keefe tallied 16 while Wolfe chipped in with 12.
Earlier in the day, the Mountain Hawks faced No. 2 Penn State. The Nittany Lions defeated the Mountain Hawks 3-0. Lehigh remained close with Penn State for the first ten points in the first game, but Penn State took control for the remaining 20 points. After an all-Penn State second game, Lehigh had a late rally in the third, cutting a 15 point deficit to nine. Unfortunately for the Mountain Hawks, Penn State got the last two points it needed to end the third game and the match. Schwendenmann had a team-high seven kills, while her and classmate Cassidy Maumus each recorded eight digs in the match.
Lehigh will return to action on Wednesday evening at the Leeman-Turner Arena in Grace Hall when the Mountain Hawks open Patriot League play against five-time defending league champion American. The match is scheduled to start at 7:00 pm and will be broadcast on Service Electric2 Sports in the Lehigh Valley area at 10:00 pm Wednesday night.