Set for Success: Volleyball Splits Pair Over Weekend



Colgate split a pair of matches against Lehigh and Lafayette last weekend. The Raiders’ volleyball team defeated Lehigh in five games on Friday, but fell 3-1 to Lafayette on Saturday.

The winless Mountain Hawks won two of the first three games. But with the fourth game tied at 18, Colgate won six straight points, and then did it again to win the game after Lehigh pulled back to within four. Sophomore Katrina Zawojski had three of her team-leading 25 kills during the final run. The fifth game, in which the first team to score 15 points wins, saw Colgate take an early lead, but Lehigh came back to tie it at 12. Colgate won the next three points, however, to take the match.

Against Lafayette, Colgate fought through the first two games. Still, the Leopards managed late runs in each to snatch wins, 30-25 and 30-27. The Raiders responded well, dominating the third game en route to a 30-23 win.

Unfortunately for the Raiders, Lafayette took a modest lead early in the fourth and held it all the way to a 30-25 final that clinched the match for the Leopards.

Zawojski recorded her 10th double-double of the season with 18 kills and 10 digs. Senior Marybeth Maziarz had a good final home match, tallying seven kills and five block assists.

“Lehigh pushed us hard, but we responded well,” said head coach Ryan Baker. “We forced a fifth game and won it. I was a bit disappointed against Lafayette because the energy wasn’t as great, and we didn’t get many breaks.”

The Raiders are 13-13 overall and 5-6 in league play. On Saturday, they visit the Bucknell Bison.

“Bucknell tries to take control of the game immediately and goad you into mistakes. We need to prevent that from happening,” Baker said.