EASTON, Pa. – Senior setter Monika Smidova scored a team-high nine kills to lead the American University volleyball team to a 25-20, 25-15, 25-11 victory over Lafayette on Friday evening.
With the win, the Eagles moved to 19-5 overall and a perfect 10-0 in the Patriot League, while the Leopards fell to 4-20 overall and 1-11 in the league.
Smidova, who added 29 assists and 12 digs, finished just one kill shy of her second double-double of the year, hitting .643 for the match. Senior Kelly McCaddin added eight kills and five blocks, while senior Kristyna Lindovska and junior Sarah Katz each tallied seven kills. Additionally, senior libero Megan Rosburg became just the fourth player in program history to reach 1,000 career digs.
Lafayette held a narrow lead early in the first set, but American responded with a 5-1 run to pull ahead, eventually taking the five-point victory. Smidova scored four kills in the set to lead the Eagles, who hit .351 while holding the Leopards to a .050 attack percentage.
AU also used a 5-1 run in the second set to break a 9-9 tie before cruising to a 10-point win. While the Eagles' hitting percentage dropped to .226, AU recorded four total blocks, including three from McCaddin. McCaddin also scored three kills, along with Smidova and Lindovska.
The Eagles got out to a strong start in the final set, taking an early 4-0 lead. Service runs by Smidova and Lindovska helped AU extend its advantage to double digits. Hitting a match-high .435 set for the set and holding the Leopards to a negative attack percentage, the Eagles were able to wrap up the match in three sets.
"We came out a little tentative tonight, but continued to battle through the emotions of some lineup switches," said American head coach Barry Goldberg. "Our attack found some good rhythm and found a way to win a tight game one.
"We had some ups and downs defensively, but overall it was a good road win to start our stretch run in the league. We will need to be stronger to have success tomorrow evening at Bucknell."
The Eagles finish out their weekend road trip tomorrow, when they visit Bucknell in a 5 p.m. contest.