LEWISBURG, Pa. – The Bucknell women’s volleyball team recorded its biggest win of the season Friday, knocking off second-place Army West Point 3-1 at Davis Gym. The Bison ensured themselves at least a .500 record for the first time since 2006, improving to 13-12 overall and 7-8 in the Patriot League with one match left to play.
The Bison hit .310 as a team while winning by scores of 16-25, 25-22, 25-22, 25-23. The Black Knights dropped to 20-8 overall and 12-3 in the Patriot League. Their only other losses in league play came to first-place American. The Bison ended a 17-match losing streak against the Black Knights, with their last win coming in the semifinals of the 2006 Patriot League Tournament.
“It’s an incredible feeling,” said Bucknell head coach Anna Allison. “It was amazing work by our seniors. It was great to see us play as a team so well in the last week of the season. I think it was a result of all of the work we have been putting in throughout the year.”
Senior Karen Campbell is making sure the end of her final season with the Bison is just as good as it started. She had 17 kills with a .389 hitting percentage and tallied five block assists. The Bison had nine blocks as a team, including four block assists from setter Meghan Wentzel.
A pair of underclassmen also came up big for the Bison as sophomore Hailey Stout and freshman Blake Buchholz had 13 kills apiece. Stout’s came with a .407 hitting percentage and she completed a double-double with 10 digs.
Buchholz had a clutch match-clinching kill. Bucknell led 24-22 in the final set, but Army West Point gave itself a chance with a point that cut the lead to one. Needing just one more to force extra play, the comeback was thwarted by Buchholz on an assist from Wentzel.
Senior Katie Price had one of her best matches of the season with 23 digs. She also had one of the team’s five aces.
Army West Point was led by Carolyn Bockrath with 22 kills and a .422 hitting percentage. Bockrath leads the Patriot League in hitting percentage.
Bucknell looks to close the season with a winning record when it hosts Holy Cross for Senior Day on Saturday at 4 p.m. Price, Campbell, Wentzel and Kristen Gelenitis will be honored prior to the match.