Army Sweeps Lafayette On Dig Pink Night

Senior Middle Blocker Megan Wilton

Senior Middle Blocker Megan Wilton

Oct. 11, 2013

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WEST POINT, N.Y.  - The Army volleyball team swept its first match of the weekend on Friday, Oct. 11. The Black Knights (8-8, 5-1 Patriot League) collected a 3-0 Patriot League victory over Lafayette (9-8, 1-5) on Dig Pink night at Gillis Field House, as fans and Army players wore pink in support of breast cancer awareness month. The Black Knights gave their fans a reason to cheer in the 25-20, 25-16, 25-19 win.

Senior middle blocker Megan Wilton and senior co-captain outside hitter Margaux Jarka led the Black Knights with 14 and 12 kills, respectively. Wilton also averaged a .524 hitting percentage, while freshman outside hitter Olivia Fairfield hit .500 on the night. Senior co-captain D.J. Phee led Army in digs with 15 while Jarka added 13. Sophomore setter Vanessa Edwards contributed 40 assists to the 3-0 victory.

"The level of play has improved a lot and it showed in this match," said Army head coach Alma Kovaci. "I am very proud of the way Vanessa ran the offense. She is a hard worker. She is a very selfless player who comes before practice and stays after to make sure she gets the assists right. It is always good seeing her shine like she did today. She led the team and was vocal.

"It looked like a tough start when we went 0-3, but honestly we played some tough teams and some tough matches. I put that team in challenging situations, and we have learned from that and grown from that. Every point matters to this team. The point of those matches was to build and to get better and that is showing for us now with a 5-1 record in the league. They are working hard and that is always a plus."

The Black Knights took an early 8-4 lead over the Leopards with kills from junior defensive specialist Deanna Dalton and senior right side hitter Kerry Horan, both assisted by Jarka. Army was able to maintain the lead and held strong at the net as it continued to rally points with kills from Jarka and Wilton. The Black Knights held Lafayette to a five point deficit as they went out to close the set 25-20.

After a 4-4 tie to start to the second set, the Black Knights took control and rallied for four points to take a 10-8 lead. Following a Lafayette to take a time-out, Army again rallied for four points, making the score 13-9. Kills from Jarka and Wilton kept the Black Knights on top as they held onto the lead for the remainder of the set. Blocks from Army's Horan kept the Leopards from catching up as the Black Knights finished the set with a 25-16 victory.

Army opened the third set with two services aces from junior defensive specialist Kristen Smeland, once again allowing the Black Knights to take an early lead. The third and final set featured four of the five services aces for Army in the match. Kills from sophomore outside hitter Nicole Perri and Wilton gave the Black Knights their largest lead of the set at six points as the score reached 14-9. As Army continued to stay strong at the net and a kill from freshman middle blocker Alexandra Bell closed the set, 25-19.

Army closes out the weekend on Saturday, Oct. 12, when it takes on academy rivals Navy in the "Star Match". Black Knights alumni will be in attendance of the game and will be recognized for their efforts on the court. The match begins at 7:30 p.m and a webcast of both matches will be available via Knight Vision. Real-time updates will be offered through GameTracker (live statistics) and @Army_Volleyball on Twitter.

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