LEWISBURG, Pa. – Bucknell evened its overall record at 11-11 with a 3-0 sweep over visiting Lafayette in a Patriot League volleyball match Friday at Davis Gym. The Bison improved to 5-7 in conference play, winning by scores of 25-19, 25-17, 25-14. The Leopards fell to 11-12 overall and 3-9 in the league.
The Bison haven’t been at .500 overall this late in the season since 2006. They have four Patriot League matches remaining on the schedule and need just one more win to record their most conference victories since 2010.
Senior Karen Campbell registered 11 kills with a .333 hitting percentage, while freshman Stephanie Occhiogrosso tallied eight kills. The Bison finished with eight total blocks, and junior Erika Eastley factored in on seven of them with three solo and four assists. Sophomore Hailey Stout added one solo block and three block assists, while also contributing six kills and a team-high 13 digs.
The Bison received contributions from a number of players on the night. Senior Meghan Wentzel posted 35 assists, while freshman Blake Buchholz and senior Katie Price each had double-digit digs with 12 and 11, respectively. Sophomores Jenna Slusar and Hana Sawanobori chipped in with one ace apiece, as did Price and Stout. Price’s ace was the match-clinching point.
“It was really good to see us play in sync,” said third-year Bucknell head coach Anna Allison. “We worked really hard in practice this week and the players knew the importance of this match. They knew they needed to come out strong and focused and they did that.”
Lafayette was held to a .036 hitting percentage. Elizabeth Walsh paced the Leopards with nine kills, while Jet Manzi led all players with 17 digs.
It was one of the most dominant performances of the season for Bucknell, which trailed just once the entire match. They gave up the first point of the match and never trailed again. The score was tied just five times.
The Bison jumped out to huge leads in each of the first three sets. They stormed out to a 12-4 lead in the first set, a 9-1 advantage in the second, and an 11-4 lead in the final set.
Bucknell goes on the road to Lehigh for another Patriot League match on Saturday at 4 p.m.