Senoir middle blocker Ana Vrhel gets ready to take a set from her teammate at a volleyball team practice on Thursday, Nov. 19, 2015. Vrhel has put up record number all four years she has been on the team. (Erik Thomas/B&W Photo)

Lehigh volleyball defeated in straight sets in PL semifinals


The Lehigh volleyball team fell short against the No. 2 seeded Army West Point Saturday afternoon. Hosted at American University’s Bender Arena, Army won the Patriot League semifinal match in straight sets 3-0 (25-21, 25-16, 25-17).   

Army put up a strong offense with an attack percentage of .368 compared to the .119 percentage of the Mountain Hawks. While Lehigh battled back at times to make the sets close and competitive, the strong and aggressive play from the Black Knights is what eventually led to their victory.

The first set was a constant back and forth between teams, each scoring point after point making a tie at 4-4. Army then broke away for the next three points until a service error, which put Lehigh back in the position to come back. Lehigh was able to hold its own, holding leads of 7-6 and 12-10 in the first set until the Black Hawks pulled away to an early 18-11 lead.

Lehigh senior Leah Turner made a kill, which caused a timeout on Army’s side. Lehigh was then able to make the game 21-19 until Army finished strong with a 25-21 win.

The opening moments of the second and third sets harkened to the opening of the first set with aggressive matchups at the net and aggressive serving. Lehigh still fell short in these two sets and was ultimately shut out.

Following the loss, the team has been eliminated from the playoffs.

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