Oct. 12, 2012
LEWISBURG, Pa. - Bucknell volleyball took American to four sets for the first time since 2010, but the Bison (6-15, 0-6 PL) fell short of the upset in a 25-23, 13-25, 30-28, 29-27 decision at Davis Gym on Friday night. Morgan Mientus (Chicago, Ill./Saint Ignatius College Prep) registered her first double-double of the season with a match-best 13 kills and 15 digs.
"I am incredibly proud of the way our young women battled throughout the match tonight," said head coach Cindy Opalski. "They stepped up their intensity, executed the game plan and played extremely well in pressure situations. When the score gets to 22 it's anyone game, but the ability to put yourself in contention to win reveals character. Our entire team not only showed character, but equally important, a lot of heart."
Bucknell had lost each of the last four meetings with American (12-7, 4-2 PL) in straight sets. The Bison got on the board in the second set on Friday and pushed the Eagles to the limit in the third and fourth. After American opened with a 25-23 win in the first, the visiting team appeared to be a bit out of sorts. The Eagles hit -.094 in the second set, while Bucknell came in at .240, its highest hitting percentage of the night.
Mientus had four kills in the second, including two back-to-back to close out the set. The Bison initially used a 5-0 run to give themselves some breathing room and a 12-5 advantage. The Eagles never recovered nor were they able to get the lead under five points.
Helping Bucknell to get to set point in the second were a pair of blocks from Kebah Edoho (Odenton, Md./Arundel). A solo block for the senior made it 23-13 and set the stage for Mientus' final offensive flurry. Edoho finished the night with six blocks, while the Bison had 14 as a team.
American regrouped enough in the third and fourth sets to win, but it still had its hands full as Bucknell posted some of its highest kills totals of the match. The third frame saw its share of back-and-forth play to keep everyone on their toes. The Bison took their first lead of the set at 13-12 after a block from Edoho and Mientus. There were then 12 ties and seven lead changes down the stretch before American clinched the narrow 30-28 win.
Bucknell had three set points, two of them coming on a Mientus kill, in the third set. The Bison also had a set point at 27-26 in the fourth set after Claire Healy (Tiburon, Calif./Saint Ignatius College Prep) registered a solo block. American erased the Bucknell advantage with a kill on the next point and then used its own defensive play at the net to end the match. Teodora Peric and Bree Scarbrough each had a block on the final two points of the night, bringing the Eagles' team blocks total to 11.
Joining Mientus with double-figure kills were Healy and Karen Campbell (Chesapeake, Va./Cape Henry Collegiate). Healy totaled 11, while Campbell had 10 kills to go along with four blocks. Katie Price (Los Angeles, Calif./Harvard-Westlake) had 20 digs on the night, giving the freshman her third career high in four matches. Meghan Wentzel (San Anselmo, Calif./The Branson School) tallied 28 assists.
Leading American offensively were Morgan Hendrix and Kristyna Lindovska with 12 kills apiece, while Peric had 47 assists. Four Eagles finished with double-digit digs, including Rebecca Heath with a team-best 19.
Bucknell will be back in action against Navy tomorrow at 5 p.m. at Davis Gym. The Bison and the Midshipmen split meetings a year ago.