WASHINGTON, D.C. – The score was 3-0, but the Bucknell volleyball team was competitive in all three sets in its loss to perennial league power American on Friday. The Eagles prevailed 25-22, 25-21, 25-23 to win their 21st match against Patriot League opponents.

American, the three-time defending champion and preseason favorite in the Patriot League, improved to 10-6 on the season, while Bucknell fell to 2-11.

Sophomore Blake Buchholz paced Bucknell with 10 kills and seven digs, while freshman Bridgette Holland tallied seven hills. Holland has totaled 26 kills over the past two matches. Junior Luz Nagle and freshman Selby Schnobrich shared setting duties, finishing with 14 and 11 assists, respectively.

Bucknell had a solid defensive effort that included nearly the entire team. Ten players combined for 49 digs, led by senior Kristen Parks with 11. Senior Rebecca Forbes, freshman Sophie Bullard, Schnobrich, and freshman Brooke Stark contributed five apiece.

Shannon Webb and Aleksandra Kazala each finished with a double-double for American. Webb posted 10 kills and 13 digs, while Kazala recorded 10 kills and 11 digs.

The Bison stay on the road for Patriot League play when they travel to Annapolis, Maryland to take on Navy on Saturday. The match is scheduled for 4 p.m. at Wesely A. Brown Field House.