Annapolis, Md. – Bucknell and Navy have made a habit of going five sets in their Patriot League volleyball matches against one another. They have now gone the distance in four consecutive meetings and six of the last 10 after the Mids’ 3-2 win over the Bison on Saturday at the Wesley A. Brown Field House.
The teams traded set wins early on, with Navy coming out on top by scores of 22-25, 25-23, 21-25, 25-15, 15-13. Bucknell dropped to 10-11 overall and 4-7 in the Patriot League, while the Mids improved to 6-12 overall and 4-6 in league play with their fourth consecutive victory.
Trailing 14-12 in the final set, Bucknell gave itself a chance thanks to a solo block by senior Meghan Wentzel that cut the lead to one. But Navy clinched the match on the next serve with a kill by Gaby Smith.
“It was a hard-fought match on both sides,” said Bucknell head coach Anna Allison. “We traded momentum and worked hard, but we definitely need to be more consistent servers in order to come out with a win next time. We will be working hard this week for the upcoming matches.”
The Bison had 14 blocks in the match, including three solo by senior Karen Campbell and two solo by junior Erika Eastley. Six players had at least one block assist, including Eastley with five and Campbell and Wentzel with three apiece.
Freshman Blake Buchholz posted a double-double for the second consecutive day. She led the Bison in both kills with 14 and digs with 13. Sophomore Hailey Stout and Campbell recorded 10 kills apiece, while Wentzel tallied 39 assists. Senior Katie Price contributed 12 digs, while sophomore Hana Sawanobori added 10.
Dorothy Murray had 18 kills to lead a trio of Navy players in double-digits. Smith and Maggie Phillips registered 10 apiece. Patricia Mattingly handled nearly all of the setting duties and finished with 54 assists. Five Mids’ players had double-digit digs, led by Smith with 17.
Bucknell will host Lafayette on Friday at 7 p.m., and will play at Lehigh on Saturday at 4 p.m.