Kazala Leads @AU_Volleyball to Sweep of PL Road Trip

Cheyenne Orsi and Kennedy Etheridge celebrate a point by AU

WEST POINT, N.Y. – Aleksandra Kazala posted her 11th double-double of the season with 12 kills and 12 digs to lead American University to a 25-22, 25-11, 25-15 win over Army West Point in a Patriot League volleyball match on Saturday.

The win gave the Eagles a sweep of their two road matches this weekend, as AU won at Holy Cross on Friday in a three-set match. American is now 10-7 overall and 3-1 in the league this season, after winning four of its last five matches.

The Black Knights fell to 9-8 overall and 2-2 in the league.

Vela McBride had seven kills and four blocks for the Eagles, who got 17 assists from Kennedy Etheridge. Hoakalei Dawson had three service aces, with Cheyenne Orsi joining McBride with four blocks.

"The team is starting to gain some momentum, as several players contributed well to our success throughout the match tonight," said AU head coach Barry Goldberg. "We attacked well, and our two setters lead the way to us hitting a big number against a solid Army team. I am looking forward to seeing our players continue their upward trend."

AU turned the last of three ties in the first set at 8-8 into a 14-10 lead on a run that included kills by Shannon Webb and Olivia Wassner. The Eagles would not trail the rest of the set, as the Black Knights came within three points, but would never get closer.

American led 4-3 in the second set before streaking to a 15-5 edge. McBride served out the set with four straight points for the 25-11 win.

The Eagles held leads of 5-1, 10-4, 11-6 and 19-8 on the way to the win in the third and final set.

American has three matches at home next week, with Delaware State coming to Northwest D.C. on Wednesday at 7 p.m. for a non-conference test. The Eagles face Patriot League foes Lehigh (Friday, 7:00) and Lafayette (Saturday, 4:00) next weekend.

Tickets for all AU home volleyball matches are available at the Bender Arena Box Office an hour before game time. General admission seats are $8 for adults and $5 for children. AU students are admitted free with a valid student ID.