Volleyball Sinks Navy, Falls to American



The Raiders split a pair of home matches over the weekend, falling to American on Friday but rebounding to defeat Navy on Saturday.

American never looked back after a close first game en route to extending their winning streak over Colgate to 11 matches. The two teams fought to a virtual stalemate until the Eagles took the lead for good at 24-23 and won 30-27. American won the next two games 30-17 and 30-20 to clinch the match.

Katrina Zawojski led the Raiders with 12 kills, while Erin Kanetzke added 10. Meghan Fanta had 28 assists, while Jackie Adlam had a match-best 14 digs.

Colgate fared much better against Navy the next day. Down 29-24 in the first game, Colgate rallied to win seven consecutive points for a 31-29 win. Kanetzke and Kelsea Loveless led the way, combining for five kills during the final rally. The Raiders dominated the next game, winning 30-21 and leading the entire way. Colgate finished off Navy with a 30-22 victory in the third game.

Kanetzke had a match-high 15 kills and hit a career-best .600. Zawojski had 10 kills and Loveless added eight. Fanta contributed 41 assists.

“That was some of our best volleyball all season,” Head Coach Ryan Baker said. “We played great defense and got the mids involved, which spreads out our attack and diverts blockers away from the side.”

The Raiders are 3-4 in Patriot League play, and their overall record was 10-10 going into a midweek match at Cornell. Colgate hosts rivals Holy Cross and Army this weekend.

Coach Baker expects two difficult matches. “Everyone’s seen each team in the league now, so it comes down to ‘who wants it more?'” he said. “We must contain outside attacks and control the ball better than we did against those teams last time.”