Nov. 13, 2013
WASHINGTON, D.C. - American used a sizable advantage in hitting percentage to post a 25-20, 25-10, 25-19 victory over the Navy volleyball team Wednesday night at Bender Arena in Washington, D.C.
"We didn't give ourselves many opportunities on offense," said Navy head coach Larry Bock, "and the ones we did have were picked up by American. Their defense was terrific and organized."
Navy (12-15, 8-6 Patriot League) held a slim lead through the opening half of the first set. The score would be tied at 14-14 when American (28-2, 13-1) went on a 5-1 run to open up a 19-15 advantage. The Mids closed the margin down to two points at 19-17 and then again at 22-20. American would tally consecutive kills to take a 24-20 lead, then miscommunication on a Navy set led to the Eagles winning the first set.
The Eagles quickly took control of the second set. The frame was tied at 4-4 when American went on a 5-0 run. The home team would soon build a 13-5 advantage on its way to taking the second set.
American posted 14 kills and just one attack error on 24 swings (.542) in the second set, while Navy finished with eight kills and eight errors on 33 attempts (.000).
The third set was much like the first set. Neither team separated from the other early on, with Navy taking a 13-11 lead. American answered with a 5-0 run to take a 16-13 advantage. The Mids closed to within two points of the Eagles at 16-14 and 17-15 before a 4-0 run by American gave it a 21-15 lead. The Eagles notched back-to-back points, then the Mids posted three points in a row. That was followed by American tallying the last two points of the set and the match,
American again controlled the hitting numbers in the final set of play. The Eagles recorded 13 kills and just one error on 30 attempts (.400) while holding Navy to 12 kills and six errors on 30 attempts (.200). For the match, American held a .350-.103 advantage in hitting percentage. Helping the Eagles to that cushion was their 11.5 blocks to just 2.0 for the Mids, as well as American recording 8 aces to 3 for Navy.
"It was a first contact match," said Bock. "American won the passing and digging game and that defense led to great opportunities for their offense. We will have to organize our defense by this weekend, and we will."
Erin Fortner (Sr., Villa Hills, Ky.) led Navy with both nine kills -- leaving her with 998 kills for her career - and eight digs.
American's Allison Cappellino posted 14 kills and a .480 attack percentage, while Kelly McCaddin recorded six kills and zero errors on nine swings (.667) and added six blocks.
Navy will close its regular season this weekend by playing host to Army Friday at 7 p.m. and Holy Cross Saturday at Noon. The Mids enter the final weekend of play one win in back of the Black Knights for the fourth and final berth in the Patriot League Tournament.