Sept. 21, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. – The Army volleyball team played its second match of the weekend on Saturday, Sept. 21, 2013 against Bucknell that ended in a 3-0 sweep for the Black Knights. Senior middle blocker Megan Wilton and senior outside hitter Margaux Jarka each registered 10 kills in the match.
Freshman outside hitter Olivia Fairfield hit for .268 hitting percentage with eight kills and three total blocks. Sophomore setter Vanessa Edwards went double-double with 42 assists, while Jarka and senior co-captain libero D.J. Phee had 13 and 12 digs, respectively. The Black Knights were able to hold Bucknell to a .120 average hitting percentage with only 30 kills.
“We wanted to finish, that was our main goal this match, and we did it in three sets,” said head coach Alma Kovaci. “I am very proud of the team for believing in themselves and believing that they could actually win 3-0. Vanessa did a good job today and she did a good job yesterday.
“As a team we will get there. Not only were our aces on point, but we kept Bucknell out of the offense and that was good to see. We go match-by-match and set percentage and kill goals that we need to reach, and while it’s always good to be 2-0 in the Patriot League, we are still working hard as a young team to be the best we can,” Kovaci continued.
The first set, which featured 16 tied scores and six lead changes, was the most competitive of the match. It started with an early rally and a tied score of 5-5. Kills from Perri and Fairfield helped keep Army in the game as Bucknell took a 14-12 lead mid-set. Back-to-back service aces from Phee brought the Black Knights back from the deficit and tied the set 15-15. Forced errors on both sides of the net kept the score close as the teams fought for the win. With the score 24-24 a forced error on Bucknell and a service ace from Jarka gave Army a 26-24 victory.
Army jumped out to a 5-1 lead early on in the second set before Bucknell took control and caught up to tie the set 8-8. After the team rallied for two points, the Black Knights built up momentum and took a 15-11 lead over the Bison. Army would be able to hold onto the lead throughout the set with Jarka and Perri on the attack. While Bucknell tried to hold on, the Black Knights were able to secure a 25-18 decision.
Bucknell came out of the 0-2 deficit by taking a 5-9 lead early in the third set. Kills from Jarka and Fairfield, assisted by Edwards, helped the Black Knights make their way back from a rough start. As Army inched back to tie the game, the Bison kept their distance. Forced errors and kills from Wilton gave Army the push it needed to come back and tie the set 20-20 late in the match. The Black Knights were able to capture the last three points of the set and sweep the match for a 25-22 triumph.
The Black Knights will continue their Patriot League journey next Friday, Sept. 27, at 7 p.m. when they visit Colgate. Fans can follow the match on GameTracker, while a recap will follow on goARMYsports.com