LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell pushed Lehigh to five sets before falling 3-2 in a Patriot League volleyball match at Davis Gym on Friday night. The Mountain Hawks served for 13 aces on their way to the victory, improving to 10-8 overall and 3-1 in the conference, while the Bison evened their overall record at 7-7 and are 1-3 in league play.
The teams traded set wins, as Lehigh’s victory came by scores of 25-19, 23-25, 25-14, 22-25 and 15-6. The score was a vast improvement from the two 3-0 defeats Bucknell suffered to Lehigh last season. The Mountain Hawks went on to finish second in the conference and were picked to finish second again this season.
Bucknell received another outstanding performance from senior Karen Campbell. She shared the team lead with Blake Buchholz with 15 kills apiece, doing so with a .467 hitting percentage. Campbell also added eight block assists. Buchholz added 14 digs and recorded a .279 hitting percentage. Campbell has hit better than .400 seven times this season.
Senior Meghan Wentzel finished with 47 assists. It was the fifth time she eclipsed 40 this season after doing so just four times all of last season. Jordan Walker paced the team with 18 digs, while Hailey Stout was right behind her with 15. The Bison finished with 12 blocks, including six blocks assists from Walker and five by Stout.
Leah Turner did a large chunk of the damage for Lehigh, tallying 25 kills and 19 digs. Stephanie Slater finished with 18 kills and Whitney Krantz contributed 10. The serving game was fueled by Ana Vrhel with four aces, while Turner and Amy Matula added three apiece.
Bucknell held a lead in every set except for the third. The second set was a back-and-forth battle with eight ties and six lead changes. Campbell and Wentzel assisted on a block to clinch the set win for the Bison.
The Bison will have little recovery time before they turn their attention to their next Patriot League opponent, as they travel to play Lafayette on Saturday at 2 p.m. Bucknell has won the past three meetings, but Lafayette is 10-4 this year with quality wins over Marist and Lehigh. The Leopards were off on Friday.