American Sweeps Bucknell in Patriot League Opener

Allison Cappellino
Allison Cappellino

WASHINGTON - Junior Sarah Katz registered 12 kills to help lead the American University volleyball team to a 25-9, 25-12, 25-18 sweep over Bucknell in the Eagles' Patriot League opener on Friday evening.

With the victory, AU improved to 9-4 overall on the season and 1-0 in the league, while the Bison fell to 2-9 overall and 1-2 in the Patriot League.

Senior Kristyna Lindovska added 11 kills and a .626 hitting percentage for the Eagles, while junior Allison Cappellino recorded eight kills and 19 digs. 

American got out to a blazing start with a dominant first-set victory, as the hitters led the way to a 25-9 win. The Eagles recorded 19 kills in the opening set, with Katz and Lindovska each registering six kills.

The second set began with a strong service run by senior libero Megan Rosburg, who scored three aces to push AU to an early 8-0 advantage. While the Bison began to push back, they were never able to get any closer than six points the rest of the way. The Eagles closed out the set with six straight points, including a pair of service aces by senior setter Monika Smidova

The third set was a battle early on, featuring eight ties and three lead changes.  However, with the score knotted at 13-13, the Eagles were able to pull ahead and stay ahead. AU ended the set on an 8-2 run that included three kills from senior Kelly McCaddin, who scored the match-ending point.

For the match, the Eagles hit .324, while holding Bucknell to a .083 attack percentage. AU also recorded eight service aces, including six in the second set alone, and registered 58 digs, led by Cappellino and freshman Hoakalei Dawson, who finished with 11 digs. 

"We did a great job digging balls tonight," said American head coach Barry Goldberg. "Allison Cappellino, in three games, 19 digs is a big number. We just did a really good job of controlling the ball and executing the game there. It's tough to beat us if we have all three of our pin players—Kristyna, Allison and Sarah—hitting the ball well, and playing defense like we did. It was a good match for us."

The Eagles are back in action tomorrow, as they host Lafayette in a Patriot League match at 4 p.m.