Lehigh looks to keep momentum alive against American, Navy this weekend

Lehigh looks to keep momentum alive against American, Navy this weekend

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BETHLEHEM, Pa. — After a 2-0 start to the Patriot League season last weekend against Lafayette and Bucknell, the Lehigh volleyball team is back on the road for two more tough matchups at American Friday and defending champion Navy Saturday.
 
Lehigh picked up a big come-from-behind five-set victory over the archrival Leopards in Easton last Friday before taking complete control of the Bison on Saturday in four sets. Both matchups snapped 10-match win streaks for the Mountain Hawks’ opposition.
 
For the Mountain Hawks, it’s been Sabrina Lancaster leading the way on both offense and defense for the team after she tallied 16 kills against Lafayette and 19 against Bucknell along with 19 and 20 digs, respectively. On the year so far, Lancaster is hitting .245 with 181 kills, averaging 3.62 per set and is ranked second on the team in digs with 122.
 
Lauren Bright continues to lead the team and the Patriot League with a .389 attack percentage, and is one of the league leaders in blocks with 59 so far including 54 block assists. Emily Poole is second on the team with a .288 attack mark and 56 blocks. Hannah Wright is second on the team in kills with 157, while Julia Pressly has added 123 to her name.
 
Both Sarah Carman and Alina Lam have contributed mightily to the cause as Carman has 460 assists so far this year, followed by Lam with 138. Against Bucknell, Lam registered a new career-high with 48 assists. And then on defense, it’s still Allison Garrett who leads the way with 143 digs, followed by Lancaster and Carman (96). Freshman libero Natalie Mavroidis has seen quite a bit of action as of late with 85 digs on the year so far. The Mountain Hawks have hit .235 as a team this season averaging 12.4 kills per set.
 
American heads into the weekend after splitting the first two matchups of Patriot League play after losing to Colgate in four sets in Hamilton last Friday before taking a four-set victory over Army West Point on Saturday. The Eagles enter this weekend 8-7 overall with a 1-1 league record. Onuchi Ndee leads the way for American with a .365 attack percentage and 121 kills, averaging 2.12 kills per set. Helena Elbaek already has 199 kills this season, average 3.62/set while Ndee also has 38 total blocks this season. Olivia Wassner leads the team with 440 assists while senior libero Kristen Largay has 241 digs so far. The Eagles are hitting .245 as a team and are averaging 13.4 kills/set.
 
All-time, American leads the series 36-7 over Lehigh. The Mountain Hawks split the season with the Eagles, 1-1 last year and the last time Lehigh visited Bender Arena, it came away with a 3-0 sweep on Nov. 6, 2018. The sweep was the first time in American’s program history the team was swept in a Patriot League contest on its own floor.
 
Navy enters the weekend with a 6-7 overall record and a 1-1 league record after falling to Army West Point in a tightly-contested five-setter last Friday and then defeated Holy Cross in straight sets on Saturday. It’s a tie between Avery Stowell and Paige Miles for the team lead in attack percentage with a .254 mark so far, while Amanda Montag leads the way with 142 kills, followed by Stowell (130) and Maddi Sgattoni (127). Not only is Sgattoni among the team leaders in kills, but she also leads the way with 440 assists as well. Defensively, Emily Solis leads the Midshipmen in digs with 181 while Sofia Hruby has 37 blocks and Stowell has 27.
 
Navy leads the all-time series against Lehigh, 32-27, winning the previous two matchups against the Mountain Hawks and sweeping the season series a year ago.
Friday night’s match against American will be streamed live on the Patriot League Network.
 
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