Eagles Split Saturday Matches in D.C. Volleyball Challenge

Aleksandra Sochacka and Vela McBride block.

WASHINGTONAleksandra Kazala finished with 15 kills as American University opened play Saturday in the D.C. Volleyball Challenge with a sweep over host Howard.

Later in the day, the Eagles lost the first to sets to Georgetown before rallying to win the next two and force a fifth set before falling 15-13 in the final set to the Hoyas.

American (1-2) hosts the 11th annual Bender Blue Out on Sunday at 4 p.m. when it hosts Washington State from the Pac-12 Conference. AU is hoping to break its own single-game DMV volleyball attendance record of 2,629, set in 2015.

The Eagles beat the Bison, 26-24, 25-21 and 25-21 on Saturday morning. Junior Meaghan Donahue had a strong showing with eight kills and 11 digs. Kennedy Etheridge had 25 assists and libero Kristen Largay had 11 digs.

Kazala had 25 kills and 10 digs in the five-setter with Georgetown. Sophomore Vela McBride, last season's Patriot League Rookie of the Year, had 10 kills and no errors in just 13 attempts to go along with five blocks.

Georgetown, which was led by 22 kills from Symone Speech, won 25-19, 25-20, 21-25, 21-25, 15-13.

Tickets for Sunday's match will be available at the Bender Arena Box Office. All seats are general admission and are $8 for adults and $5 for children. AU students will be admitted free with a valid student ID.

The match will also be streamed live at www.watchstadium.com and will be available live via Twitter at @WatchStadium.