Amanda Clark and Lehigh earned a big win at Colgate Saturday to keep pace in the rush for a bid to the Patriot League Tournament.
Oct. 23, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — Colgate’s perfect run through Patriot League play was stopped Saturday by Lehigh’s four-set win in the teams’ second meeting of the season, and it thwarted the Raiders’ opportunity to clinch the first berth in the Patriot League Volleyball Tournament, which is a scant three weeks away.
The Mountain Hawks’ 3-1 win in Hamilton, N.Y., not only ended the Raiders’ win streak in the League at eight, but it allowed them to keep pace with Navy, which earned a split on the weekend as well. Lehigh and the Mids are tied for fourth, a full three matches ahead of Lafayette and Bucknell, which are tied for sixth.
This week travel partners will square off for the second time, so there are just four League contests on the slate with some non-conference battles sprinkled in. After five teams step out of League play Tuesday and Wednesday, there are three bouts set for Friday and one on Saturday.
Patriot League Notebook
• Army’s Ariana Mankus edged into the Patriot League’s all-time top 10 in digs over the weekend, and she’s four kills shy of the all-time top 10 in that category. The Black Knights host Manhattan Wednesday, with Mankus looking to become just the second student-athlete in League history to currently reside in both top 10s.
• Three teams have at least 10 wins, and four others are within two victories of double digits. The Patriot League has had at least six teams reach double figures in wins each of the last two seasons. 2001 was the only season in the current eight-team format where seven squads logged at least 10 wins.
• American’s Sara Rishell put together perhaps her best week of the season, hitting .364 while averaging 3.73 kills per set as the Eagles went 3-0. Rishell is the defending Player of the Year and Tournament MVP.
• Army’s Mary Vaccaro was one kill shy of a triple-double in Friday’s win over Navy. She logged nine kills, 19 assists and 10 digs.
• Bucknell’s Meghan Wentzel posted a career-high with 12 digs against Lafayette and four aces versus Lehigh over the weekend. In addition, her 27-assist, 12-dig showing against the Leopards was her second career double-double.
• Colgate’s Michelle McCarthy averaged 9.73 kill attempts per set last week while hitting .243.
• Holy Cross senior Megan Lynch is 29 kills shy of jumping into the League’s all-time top 10.
• Playing her first season at libero, Navy senior Christy Rapp has almost as many digs this season (316) as she had in her first three years combined (356).
• Lehigh coach Bob Bertucci is six wins shy of 700 for his career.
Patriot League Weekly Awards
MOLTEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
AMANDA CLARK, LEHIGH Jr., MB, Irvine, Calif.
Clark collected the highest kill totals in both of Lehigh’s weekend contests, including 19 in Friday’s five-set loss at Bucknell and 20 as the Mountain Hawks handed first-place Colgate its first loss of the Patriot League campaign. The junior middle blocker from Irvine, Calif., averaged 4.33 kills per set, while hitting .326 and logging seven blocks on the weekend. Clark ran her streak of matches with at least 10 kills to three, while her 2.83 kills per set currently lead the Mountain Hawks. It’s her first weekly honor of the season.
MOLTEN ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
ALLISON CAPPELLINO, AMERICAN Fr., L, Penfield, N.Y.
Cappellino secures her fourth Rookie of the Week nod after leading the Eagles’ defensive efforts during a 3-0 week, including a perfect showing in a pair of League contests on the road. After collecting 16 digs in American’s sweep of Howard, Cappellino finished with 21 digs as the Eagles rallied for a five-set win Friday at Holy Cross. She posted another 21-dig effort a day later as American’s defense thwarted any Army rallies in a three-set sweep. Cappellino averaged 5.27 digs per set for the week, helping the Eagles narrow the gap at the top of the League standings with five matches to go.
SARA RISHELL, AMERICAN So., OH/MB, Smithsburg, Md.
Rishell hit .364 and averaged 3.73 kills per set during American’s 3-0 week. She hit .389 in Friday’s five-set win at Holy Cross.
ARIANA MANKUS, ARMY Sr., OH, Lisle, Ill.
Mankus averaged 3.17 kills and 3.33 digs per set as Army split the weekend. Her 12 digs Saturday against American lifted her into the League’s all-time top 10.
MEGHAN WENTZEL, BUCKNELL Fr., S, San Anselmo, Calif.
Wentzel came off the bench and averaged 4.8 assists and 2.0 digs per set to help the Bison win a pair of five-set League contests over the weekend.
MICHELLE McCARTHY, COLGATE Sr., OH, Manhattan Beach, Calif.
McCarthy averaged 3.27 kills per set and hit .243 with a pair of double-digit kill performances during the Raiders’ 2-1 week.
ALEX KARIKA, NAVY Fr., S, Cranberry Township, Pa.
Karika averaged 9.83 assists per set last week, posting an 11.33 average in Saturday’s 3-0 victory at Holy Cross.