Women’s volleyball falls short against reigning PL champion American University


Junior Stephanie Slater practices in Grace Hall on Oct. 9. Slater led the Hawks offensive side in the game against American University. (Elissa Miolene/B&W Photo)

Lehigh women’s volleyball (12-9) team suffered a tough loss to American University on Friday night as they went down in straight sets (25-14, 25-16, 25-11).

The Mountain Hawks couldn’t get things clicking against the defending Patriot League champions.

The offensive side was led by junior Stephanie Slater with 10 kills. She was the only Mountain Hawk to reach double digits and was one of three Mountain Hawks to have more than one kill. The team total of kills was 25 for Lehigh and an impressive 48 by American.

Lehigh seemed to be outmatched from the beginning as the Eagles started off strong and didn’t look back. The Eagles of American went into cruise control and won the first set 25-14 for a 1-0 lead in the match.

The Mountain Hawks wouldn’t give up, and they got out to an early 3-2 lead in set two until American went on a run to win it 25-16, giving them a 2-0 advantage. The Eagles also won set three, this time by the score of 25-11. Ultimately, Lehigh fell short on Friday night in Washington, D.C.

The Mountain Hawks will look to bounce back as they prepare for their rival Lafayette College. They will host the Leopards on Oct. 17 at 7 p.m. at Leeman-Turner Arena at Grace Hall.

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