Lehigh women’s volleyball hopes to defeat Lafayette in upcoming match

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The Lehigh women’s volleyball team will travel to Lafayette College on Wednesday to take on the Leopards in their first Patriot League match of the season.

“We are very excited to play Lafayette this year,” junior setter Amy Matula said. “Everyone on the team has beaten Lafayette every time we’ve played them, and we are determined to keep this streak alive. We are looking to build off of last years 25-3 set win over them.”

The Mountain Hawks, whose current record is 5-7, have defeated Lafayette in each of the last six seasons. In fall of 2013, they beat the Leopards 3-1 at home in Leeman-Turner Arena.

Junior setter Stephanie Slater is also looking forward to the match against the Leopards this season.

“I’m very excited to play Lafayette. I’m excited because of the rivalry, but also to start playing Patriot League Teams,” Slater said. “We have a strong team this year, and I am looking forward to seeing what we have ahead of us.”

As for the season so far, the Mountain Hawks have played 12 teams. They went a combined 3-5 in the first two events that they participated in, the Buffalo Invitational and the Patriot Invitational. Lehigh also recently participated in the Crosstown Invitational tournament where they beat Saint Peter’s University and Delaware State University each by scores of 3-0, but lost to Marist College 3-2.

Lafayette was another participant in the Crosstown Tournament. They played the same three schools as Lehigh, beating Delaware State 3-2, but losing to Marist 3-0 and Saint Peter’s 3-1.

“I think the season has started off well,” Matula said. “We have played some tough competition our preseason, and we’ve competed very well with them. These strong teams have also exposed some areas that we can improve in, and we have been working hard in preparation for Patriot League play to begin.”

When asked about previous games this season, Slater also agreed that there is always room for improvement.

“So far the season has been going well,” Slater said. “We have had a lot of very good moments but also have seen some weaknesses in our play. This is good for us because we know where we need to improve.”

Wednesday’s match will begin at 7 p.m.

Live stats will be available at http://www.goleopards.com/gametracker/universe. Or visit https://twitter.com/LehighSports for live updates.

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