AU Remains Undefeated in PL with 3-0 Win Over Lehigh

AU Remains Undefeated in PL with 3-0 Win Over Lehigh

WASHINGTON – Led by seniors Allison Cappellino and Kristyna Lindovska, the American University volleyball team earned a straight-set victory over Lehigh on Friday evening, 25-18, 25-17, 25-18.

Cappellino registered her ninth double-double of the season with 13 kills and 13 digs, while Lindovska added nine kills, 15 digs and a match-high .381 hitting percentage. Lindovska also became the latest AU player to reach 1,000 kills for her career.

With the win, the Eagles improved to 23-6 on the season and 14-0 in the Patriot League. American clinched the top seed and hosting honors for the league tournament that will take place Nov. 21-22. It will mark the 13th time in 15 seasons that the Eagles have hosted the tournament, with AU winning all 12 of its titles at home.

"Having the home court advantage is nice, but we've still got work to do to get our team peaking at the right time," said American head coach Barry Goldberg.

While the score remained relatively close throughout the match, the Eagles never trailed against the Mountain Hawks, who fell to 17-12 overall and 9-5 in the Patriot League.

Lindovska scored four of her nine kills in the opening set to lead American, which hit .312 in the frame. Neither team hit well in the second set, but it was AU's blocking that made the difference, as the Eagles recorded five blocks in the set.

The third set was the closest of the match, with three tie scores and Lehigh keeping within two points early on. However, a quick 4-0 run gave American a bigger cushion and kept the Mountain Hawks out of reach.

The Eagles are back in action tomorrow for another PL matchup, facing Colgate at 4 p.m. in Bender Arena.

"Right now we're just focusing on tomorrow," said Goldberg. "We've got Colgate coming up and we didn't play so well with them up at their place in the first match. We'll see if we can't be better tomorrow against them."