September 8, 2012

Citadel Spikers Complete All-Academy Tournament Against Air Force, Navy

Arlington, Va. – Middle hitter Jessica Maxwell recorded a team-high 13 kills and Ise d'Angelo contributed nine kills, but it was Navy that emerged with a 3-1 (25-20, 20-25, 25-15, 25-17) victory over The Citadel to complete the All-Academy Tournament on Saturday evening.

Maxwell was on point, driving home 13 kills in 21 total attacks for a .524 attack percentage, while d'Angelo added nine kills and Lauren Hurt finished with eight. The Bulldogs (0-10) backrow of Emily Dalton (13 digs) and Rachael Farrell (11 digs) highlighted the defensive efforts. Mikaela Tracy quarterbacked the offense with 36 assists.

The trio of Olivia Yeager (16 kills), Erin Fortner (13 kills) and Katie Sylakowski (12 kills) provided a 58-42 edge for Navy on the front row. Karika completed a double-double effort with 11 digs. Also among the statistical leaders for the Midshipmen were Alex Karika (46 assists), Christy Rapp (18 digs) and Carolyn Ewert (10 kills). Navy leaves the tournament with a 3-7 overall record.

The Citadel opened with five straight points in the first set, highlighted by a pair of Erin Bucherl service aces, but Navy turned the tides with the next eight straight points. They held at least a two point lead until a kill by d'Angelo knotted the set at 12-12. The back-and-forth scoring continued until a kill by Fortner and subsequent errors by the Bulldogs allowed for a 20-16 Navy lead. The Citadel was unable to draw any closer than four as the Naval Academy won 25-20.

In similar fashion to the first set the Cadets again took a lead in second set, 11-8, this time due in large part to a pair of kills by Maxwell and Cassie Uribe. Navy hung close, staying within two, before Farrell's five points in serve pushed the lead to 19-12. A surge by the Mids narrowed the lead to 23-18, but kills by Maxwell down the stretch completed the 25-20 victory.

Navy came out of the intermission and took control of the third set with a 6-3 lead on a Yeager service ace. The Dogs pieced together an 8-3 run, behind kills from Hurt and Uribe to draw even at 11. The Midshipmen responded behind Karika, scoring seven of eight points to assume an 18-12 lead. The Bulldogs managed just three more points as Navy completed the 25-15 win.

That momentum carried over into the early going of the fourth set for Navy, who jumped out to a 10-5 lead. The Mids extended their lead to 18-9 behind three kills from Yeager and did not look back. Maxwell teamed with Hurt and Farrell among the final eight Citadel points, but Navy defeated the Bulldogs 25-17 to complete the victory.

AIR FORCE 3, THE CITADEL 0

Outside hitter Ise d'Angelo drove home 10 kills and Rachael Farrell totaled seven in The Citadel's 3-0 (25-19, 25-16, 25-14) loss to Air Force in the afternoon session of the All-Academy Tournament.

Farrell was also a force for The Citadel's defense with 13 digs and three assisted blocks, followed closely by an eight-dig effort from Emily Dalton. Freshman setter Mikaela Tracy continued to get herself acclimated to the Bulldogs system with 28 assists.

The trio of Victoria Foster (11 kills), Lizzy Carpenter (nine kills) and Cami Richan (nine kills) provided Air Force with a 49-34 edge in kills. The Falcons converted 49 kills in 110 total attacks, finishing with a .318 attack percentage. Meanwhile, Maiya Perich was responsible for 24 digs and teammate Hillary Keltner handed out 37 assists.

Both teams opened the match strong as the opening set reached a 9-9 tie, the first of three consecutive, before a kills by Taylor Parker gave the Falcons a slim 14-12 lead. Shifting between a three and four-point lead, despite kills by Farrell and d'Angelo, AFA took a 20-17 lead on a kill by Richan. The Falcons allowed just two points down the stretch and completed the 25-19 victory on a Keltner service ace.

The Falcons continued their offensive surge in the second match, taking advantage of the service games of Perich and Josalynn Wise. Behind four kills by Foster and three off the hand of Carpenter AFA opened a 17-9 lead. Foster then teamed with Richan to provide a solid front row that finished with five kills among the final eight points to complete the 25-16 win.

The Citadel responded with a solid offensive output in the third set, taking advantage of kills by Lauren Hurt and Farrel to assume the early 6-3 lead. Air Force countered with five straight points, including a pair of unforced errors to gain an 8-6 advantage. The Citadel quickly bounced back and behind kills from Farrell and Jessica Maxwell drew the score even at 10. AFA rattled off 15 of the sets next 19 points, capitalizing on six unforced errors in the process, to complete the 25-14 three-set victory.

The Citadel will appear in its final in-season tournament next weekend when the Dogs travel to Charleston Southern to meet Wofford, Stetson and the host Buccaneers. For more information on Bulldog Volleyball, go to the official website of The Citadel Athletics, www.CitadelSports.com.

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