Sept. 22, 2012
BETHLEHEM, Pa. - Kebah Edoho (Odenton, Md./Arundel) led the Bison with 10 kills and five blocks, but Bucknell volleyball dropped its second straight Patriot League match by a score of 3-1 at Lehigh on Saturday night. Bucknell now stands at 6-9 overall and 0-2 in conference play having dropped the 21-25, 25-21, 25-22, 25-13 decision to the Mountain Hawks (4-7, 1-1 PL).
While it was Edoho that made the most noticeable impact on Saturday, freshman Karen Campbell (Chesapeake, Va./Cape Henry Collegiate) put up the top marks after the first weekend of conference action. Including last night's match at Lafayette, Campbell leads Bucknell with 19 kills and 11 blocks.
Against Lehigh, Campbell was one of three Bison to tally five blocks, joining Edoho and Jessica Serrato (Millbrae, Calif./Saint Ignatius College Prep). As a team, Bucknell totaled 11 blocks, compared to nine for the Mountain Hawks.
Similar to Friday's match, Bucknell had one solid set of offense but struggled to maintain those results throughout play. The Bison won the first set 25-21 thanks in part to a .211 attack percentage, which was their most efficient effort of the night. In each of the following three frames, Bucknell was unable to get their hitting back above .100.
In that first set, Bucknell found itself down 5-1 quickly. A run that gave the Bison nine of the next 10 points soon gave them a scoring advantage that they held for much of the set. Lehigh was able to work its way back into the mix, tying the score seven times and twice taking back a one-point lead, but Bucknell hung on until the end to take a one-set lead.
The win did not swing momentum in favor of the Bison and both teams struggled to make a convincing move in the next two sets. Bucknell hit .031 and Lehigh came in at .062 for the second frame. The third was more of the same with the Bison at .093 and the Mountain Hawks posting a hitting percentage of .054. Not until the final set did Lehigh really take a stand. Its .452 attack percentage and 16 kills in the fourth led the way to the most lopsided score of the night, 25-13.
Amanda Clark registered Lehigh's top kills total at 16, while Dana Raber finished with 38 assists. The 2011 Patriot League Libero of the Year Rachel Charles led all players with 20 digs.
"Early on we talked about this being a rebuilding year for us and we have new people making some contributions," said head coach Cindy Opalski. "We're getting good contributions from young people, but I'm very pleased with the way Kat and Kebah are stepping up in not only leadership roles but also their performance on the court on a daily basis is consistent, strong and helps to really motivate our team and motivate our young players. We look forward to next weekend and we look forward to getting better each and every time on the court."
Bucknell will return to action next Friday at Army. Play at West Point, N.Y., is set for 7 p.m.