Box Score: Colgate 3, Army 1
HAMILTON, N.Y. - Senior MB Amanda Rowell's 14 kills led the Army attack, but it was not enough to overcome Colgate on its home court as the Black Knights dropped a 3-1 Patriot League decision on Friday night at Cotterell Court. Sophomore RS Francine Vasquez added eight kills and 16 digs.
Army (17-13, 10-3 PL) and Colgate (16-11, 9-4 PL) had already secured spots in the 2010 Patriot League Tournament heading into Friday's match and will now finish No. 2 and No. 3 in the league, respectively. The teams will face eachother again in the opening round of the tournament next Saturday, Nov. 20, on the campus of top-seeded American.
Colgate jumped out to a 2-0 lead (25-16, 26-24) before the Black Knights forced a fourth set after squeaking out a 25-23 victory in the third. Colgate took the match with a 25-20 fourth-set win.
Rowell was the only Army player to reach double-figure kills, while the 6-3 middle contributed to two of Army's eight total blocks. Freshman MB Megan Wilton led Army with three total blocks to go with seven kills on the night. Senior L Brittany Jensen joined Vasquez in double-figure digs as she led all players with 18 digs. Senior S Karyn Powell totaled 37 assists.
Colgate opened the first-set scoring and the Raiders never trailed. Army fell into a 10-5 hole in the early going and got no closer than three (16-13) the rest of the way.
The lack of back-and-forth play in the first set was made up for during a second session that featured 11 ties and seven lead changes in total. Army took a 12-8 lead on a Colgate miscue as the Raiders called timeout. Coming out of the break, Colgate used a 6-2 run to level the score at 14-all midway through. Eight more ties ensued as the teams played point-for-point. A Fabiola Castro service ace put Army ahead by a 24-23 score and serving for set-point. The Raiders thwarted the effort with a kill, however, and go another kill and an Army error to escape with a 26-24 win.
Colgate took control early in the third set, jumping out to an 8-4 lead in the early going. Army rallied to score the next four points unanswered, two of which came from kills, and tied the set at 8-8. The Black Knights scored six of the next nine points to take a 14-11 lead on a Colgate error. The Raiders counter-punched with five of the next seven points to tie the set, 16-16. The lead seesawed the rest of the way, as the teams played through five additional ties. Following consecutive Rowell kills, Army held a 24-22 lead. Colgate scored one more point, but freshman MB Margaux Jarka's kill closed the set for the Black Knights.
The Raiders controlled the fourth and final set from early on, taking a commanding 12-2 lead. Colgate held at least a five-point advantage from there.
Colgate's Maureen Colligan led all players with 19 kills, while Casey Ritt added 10.
Army travels to Lewisburg, Pa., for a Patriot League showdown with Bucknell on Saturday at 5 p.m. The Bison clinched the final spot in the Patriot League Tournament by way of a 3-1 win over Holy Cross on Friday night. Fans can follow the Army-Bucknell match via GameTracker.
Match Notes: Coupled with a loss to league-leading American last Saturday night, Army lost back-to-back matches for the first time since suffering a pair of losses on Sept. 10 at the Butler Invitational ... Army and Colgate split the regular season series and will see one another in the opening round of the Patriot League Tournament, which is set for Nov. 20-21 at American's Bender Arena.