Lehigh splits day one of Steel Tournament
BETHLEHEM, Pa. – A rowdy crowd at Leeman Turner Arena certainly helped matters, as Lehigh’s volleyball shared the day after claiming a four-set victory over St. Francis Brooklyn (25-15, 22-25, 25-12, 25-18) in the Steel Tournament opener while losing to Dartmouth (26-24, 25-23, 20-25, 15-25, 13-15) in five sets for end the evening at home. The Mountain Hawks (1-4) have lost four of their first five games to open the 2021 season.
Lehigh watched rhythm from the start, winning the first set over the Terriers in a dominant fashion, 25-15. The Mountain Hawks reached 0.450 as a team for the set with 11 kills.
St. Francis Brooklyn fired back, building up the momentum from the end of the first and advancing to the second with a 25-22 win to tie the game one-handed.
From that point on, it was all Lehigh, dominating the third set 25-12 to take a 2-1 lead and hold on and secure the seven-point win in the fourth to claim his first win of the 2021 season.
First-year student Megan Schulte recorded a career-high 18 kills with 11 digs, adding four blocks in total. Hannah wright counted 11 kills, while the freshman passer Makena smith finished with 35 assists and 10 digs. Lehigh hit a season-high 0.396 for the game, with just 11 errors on 101 kills.
With a seven-hour layoff between games, the Mountain Hawks got back to work in the evening, facing a team from Dartmouth who won a straight-set sweep over Binghamton hours earlier.
The Mountain Hawks quickly did the Big Green’s job to win the first two sets, 26-24 and 25-23, despite the back-and-forth feeling between the two teams. Dartmouth used this to his advantage in the third, coming from behind to claim the 25-20 victory and again in the fourth with a 25-15 victory.
Playing only their second five-set game of the young season so far, the Mountain Hawks stayed even at the Big Green for most of the fifth, watching Dartmouth pull away late for the 15-13 victory.
Schulte, who set a career-high 18 kills in Game 1 of the day, beat his mark with 21 against Dartmouth, scoring 227 of 66 kills. She also added 16 digs and three assists for her second consecutive double-double. Sabrina lancaster added 16 eliminations, while Hannah wright was seven years old and Sophie meagher had five.
Lehigh reached 0.158 for the game, including 0.280 in the fifth and final set, despite the loss.
The Mountain Hawks wrap up the weekend and tournament Saturday at 4 p.m. against Binghamton.
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