Box Score: #3 Colgate 3, #2 Army 1
WASHINGTON, D.C. - Junior OH Fabiola Castro and sophomore OH Ariana Mankus both turned in double-double (kills, digs) performances as the defending Patriot League Champion Army volleyball team's season came to an end in the 2010 semifinals to Colgate, 3-1, at American's Bender Arena on Saturday night.
Second-seeded Army finished the season 18-14 overall. No. 3 Colgate moves on to face No. 1 American, which swept No. 4 Bucknell in the first semifinal, in Sunday's championship match at 4 p.m.
Castro represented Army on the All-Tournament team for the first time in her career. See below for a complete list of honorees.
Army won the opening set by a 25-23 score, but could not hang on as the Raiders took the next three (25-20, 25-22, 25-19) to stay alive in the tournament.
Castro led Army with 13 kills to go with 10 digs, while Mankus posted 10 kills and 13 digs on the match. The duo represented two of four Army players to reach double-digit dig numbers. Senior S Karyn Powell amassed 46 assists in her final match as a Black Knight. Sophomore RS Francine Vasquez led Army with 18 digs to go with her seven kills.
Both teams hit under .200 on the match, while Colgate collected 76 digs and Army totaled 74 for the night. The Raiders out-blocked Army by a 14-6 margin.
The Black Knights played from behind throughout much of the first set before rallying for the 25-23 victory. Colgate established a 16-8 lead midway through the action, while Army struggled to get its offense rolling. From there, the Black Knights scored four unanswered points as a Castro kill made it a two-point Colgate lead (16-14). Army continued to chip away and eventually tied the set at 18-18 on a D.J. Phee service ace. The teams played through five more ties from there with the final coming at 23-all on a Colgate kill. Vasquez' ace gave Army a chance to serve for set point with junior Kristina Keltner on the line. She delivered the punch with a service ace to give Army a 1-0 lead in the match.
Colgate jumped out to an early lead once again in the second set, 16-10, when head coach Alma Kovaci called timeout. The Raiders went on to lead by as many as seven (22-15) and the Black Knights could not recover.
Coming out of the break, Colgate scored the first four points before the Black Knights went on a 9-4 run to take a 9-8 lead following three-straight kills - two from freshman MB Megan Wilton and another from Mankus. The teams played back-and-forth through the meat of the set and found themselves tied at 20-20 heading down the stretch. Castro had two more kills, but the Raiders owned five of the final seven points to seal the set and take a 2-1 lead into the fourth.
Colgate quickly doubled-up the Black Knights by an 8-4 score in the early going of the fourth frame. Another Keltner service ace pulled within three (16-13) midway through the action, but the Black Knights would get no closer the rest of the way.
Army loses three seniors to graduation - Powell, Amanda Rowell and Brittany Jensen. The Black Knights will return all-league players in Vasquez and Wilton on the attack in 2011.
Match Notes: Army went 1-2 against Colgate in 2010-11 ... the Patriot League presented all of its major awards during Saturday's semifinal matches ... Army's Brittany Jensen (Defensive Player of the Year), Karyn Powell (Setter of the Year) and Megan Wilton (Rookie of the Year) took home hardware.
2010 All-Tournament Team
Angelina Waterman (American)
Katerina Cinkova (American)
Magdalena Tekiel (American)
Maureen Colligan (Colgate)
Devin Applegate (Colgate)
Fabiola Castro (Army)
Rachel Rodriguez (Bucknell)
Tournament MVP: Angelina Waterman (American)