WASHINGTON – Junior Sarah Katz scored a match-high 12 kills to lead the American University volleyball team to a 25-13, 25-22, 25-11 victory over Colgate on Saturday afternoon.
With the win, the Eagles improved to 16-4 overall and 7-0 in the Patriot League, while the Raiders dropped to 8-7 overall and 2-3 in the league.
AU started out hot in the opening set, taking an early 7-1 lead, and never looked back. The Eagles, led by five kills from Katz, posted a .393 hitting percentage, while holding Colgate to a .077 attack percentage, allowing just five kills by the Raiders.
Colgate rebounded in the second set, getting out to a 10-7 lead, but AU came back to tie the score, eventually pulling away. American led by as many as five points before closing out the set with a 25-22 win. Katz again paced the Eagles, finishing with four kills in the set.
After a close battle in the second set, AU finished out the match strong, rolling to a 25-11 third-set victory. The Eagles, who hit .565 for the set, were led by Katz, Allison Cappellino and Erin Swartz, who each registered three kills.
Saturday's match marked the eighth time in the last nine contests that AU has swept its opponent. The Eagles, in the midst of a 12-match winning streak, have also swept six of seven Patriot League opponents this season.
"We did have a good statement on the weekend," said American head coach Barry Goldberg. "We're about to play Navy next week. We know they've been playing well and that's the only team we haven't seen yet in the league.
"All these teams will be better the second time around, so we're going to work at making sure we're better as well and see if we can keep competing at a pretty high level. We've got to just stay patient, keep plugging away and keep hitting good balls and see if we can keep improving."
The Eagles return to action next Friday, Oct. 17, when they host Navy at 7 p.m.