Eagles Win Before Bender Blue-Out Crowd

Eagles Win Before Bender Blue-Out Crowd

Allison Cappellino finished with a team-high 18 kills and only one attack error to lift 24th-ranked American University to a 25-21, 25-17, 25-21 victory over Georgetown Friday in a match of the D.C. Volleyball Challenge.

In the opening match of the tournament, Howard scored a 3-1 victory win over George Mason, winning 25-21, 29-27, 18-25 and 25-21.
 
The tournament moves to George Mason on Saturday for four matches beginning at 11 a.m.
 
Cappellino was strong throughout the match, adding 15 digs to her stat sheet. Patriot League Preseason Player of the Year Monika Smidova finished with 35 assists and 16 digs, while libero Megan Rosburg also had double figures defensively with 15 digs.
 
"This was a good start for us," said AU head coach Barry Goldberg. "We got a lot of good play out of our outside hitter Allison. She had some big numbers.
 
"Monika had good control of the game, I thought. We'll continue to balance out our offense, but we did a good job for our first match."
 
Kills by Kelly McCaddin, Megi Dervishi and Kristyna Lindovska and a block by Dervishi and Lindovska keyed a 5-1 run midway through the first set that gave the Eagles a 13-8 lead.
 
The teams traded points for the rest of the set, with AU's lead never growing past five points but never less than two. A kill from McCaddin finished the first set for the Eagles.
 
Three kills by Cappellino sparked AU to a 5-1 lead in the second set. The Hoyas pulled back within 11-9 and were within 14-13 when kills by Lindovska, Smidova, Cappelino and Sarah Katz pushed the edge to 19-13.
 
Cappellino had nine kills in the third set alone to account for much of the Eagles' offense. American led 9-4 before the Hoyas pulled even at 10-10. Georgetown got a kill from Ashlie Williams to go ahead 18-16, but AU tied the set at 18-18.
 
Cappellino got the final two points of the match on kills to give AU its season-opening win.
 
Lauren Saar had 11 kills and 10 digs to lead Georgetown, which got a team-high 16 digs from MacKenzie Simpson.
 
The Eagles open Saturday's play with an 11 a.m. match against Howard, with the Patriots and Hoyas playing at 1 p.m. Georgetown and Howard play at 5, before GMU and American close the action at 7 p.m.