Nov. 5, 2005
EASTON, Pa. --Colgate University recorded a season-high 13 total team blocks and held host Lehigh University to a .016 hitting percentage to score a 3-0 victory over the Mountain Hawks in Patriot League volleyball action on Nov. 5. The Raiders were led by sophomore Sheila Giovannini's (Waltham, Mass./Arlington Catholic) 11 kills and season-high six total blocks.
Colgate improves to 7-19 overall and 6-7 in conference play with the 30-22, 30-18, 30-26 victory, while Lehigh drops to 7-21 and 0-13 in league action.
Freshman Katrina Zawojski (Palo Alto, Calif./Palo Alto) posted nine kills and 12 digs for the Raiders, while sophomore Erin Kanetzke (Cincinnati, Ohio/Ursuline Academy) added four kills and four blocks. Rookie libero Jackie Adlam (Marin, Calif./Marin Academy) had 14 digs to lead the Colgate defense in the match.
The Raiders used runs midway through the first two games to pull away from the Mountain Hawks and used a late spurt in the third game to secure the 3-0 sweep.
In the first game, the two squads traded points throughout the first half, standing tied 13-13 before Colgate tallied 11 of the next 13 points to go ahead for good, 24-15. Freshman Merryl Pohl (Seattle, Wash./Bishop Blanchet) served six of those points for the Raiders and finished the match with four kills and four blocks.
Lehigh took an early 6-3 lead in the second game, but Colgate responded with a 12-3 run behind the serving of Kanetzke and junior Marybeth Maziarz (Wilbraham, Mass./Minnechaug Regional) to go ahead 15-9. The Raiders continued to pile on the points, going ahead by as many as 11 before senior Allie Nichols (Sacramento, Calif./Sacramento) served out the last two points for the 12-point victory, 30-18.
Colgate finished that game with a .393 hitting percentage, firing 13 kills with just two errors. Nichols finished with a match-high 25 assists.
Looking to steal a game from the Raiders, the Mountain Hawks led by as many as three, 26-23, down the stretch but were unable to hold off a charging Colgate squad. Zawojski knocked down a kill to make it a two-point game, 26-24, and that's when Kanetzke took over and served out the game with the next six points.
The Raiders close out their regular season slate on Nov. 12, hosting league rival Bucknell on Cotterell Court at 6 p.m.