The American University volleyball team went back-and-forth with Lehigh before falling to the Mountain Hawks, 3-2, in Saturday's match.
American (9-7, 2-2) was behind 7-4 early in the first set before coming back to take a four point lead with a kill Kristyna Lindovska. The Mountain Hawks tied it at 19 apiece and were able to hold off American's rally, outscoring the Eagles by a 5-1 margin to take the first set, 25-21.
The Eagles faced a 6-3 deficit to open the set before tying it at nine with a block from Morgan Hendrix and Kelly McCaddin. Lehigh was able to take a 22-19 lead but American responded with back-to-back kills from Hendrix to cut the lead to one. An ace from Kylann Scheidt tied the match at 22 and the Eagles tallied three straight points for the 25-22 victory to tie the match.
Lehigh (5-8, 2-2) tied the third set at five after the Eagles took an early lead and were able to respond with a 5-1 run for the 10-6 lead on a kill from Kaylynn Genemaras. The Mountain Hawks added six consecutive points before American was able to cut the advantage to five, 20-15, as Sara Rishell notched the kill. But Lehigh was able to hold off an Eagles' rally as they took the third set, 25-17, and a 2-1 match lead.
American opened the fourth set with five straight points, forcing the Mountain Hawks to call the timeout. The Eagles took a 10-2 lead with a kill from Rebecca Heath before Lehigh chipped away at the lead to cut it to one, 18-17, on a kill from Amanda Clark. American tallied five consecutive points for a 24-18 advantage before the Mountain Hawks registered back-to-back kills. The Eagles were able to put away the set, 25-20, and tie the match with an attack error by Lehigh.
The fifth set was tied six times with five lead changes before the Mountain Hawks were able to add three consecutive points for a 12-9 lead. Back-to-back kills from Rishell and Heath put the score at 14-12 and a block from Lindovska and Hendrix brought American within one, but Lehigh was able to take the match with a kill from Taylor Poole for the 15-13 score in the final set.
Scheidt had a double-double for the Eagles, registering 45 assists and 10 digs in the match while also contributing six blocks. Rishell had a team-high 14 kills while Bree Scarbrough hit a team-best .381 in the match, notching 10 kills and adding three service aces. Allison Cappellino tallied 15 digs for the defense. Hendrix led the Eagles with seven blocks.
Dana Raber led the Mountain Hawks with a double-double, registering 27 assists and 10 digs. Genemaras recorded a team-high 15 kills, hitting .312 in the match, to lead Lehigh as it outhit American, .159 to .120.
American will travel to Morgan State on Wednesday, October 3 before returning to Bender Arena on Friday, October 5 to host the Navy Midshipmen at 7 p.m. The match will be broadcast live on Eagles Vision TV.