WEST POINT, N.Y. – Senior Kristyna Lindovska registered a season-high 21 kills along with 12 digs to lead the American University volleyball team to a hard-fought 29-27, 25-22, 21-25, 25-21 victory over Army West Point on Saturday evening.
Classmate Allison Cappellino added 15 kills and 12 digs for the Eagles, who improved to 22-6 on the season and a perfect 13-0 in the Patriot League. Meanwhile, the Black Knights dropped to 18-7 overall and 10-2 in the league.
American started out strong in the opening set with a 6-1 lead, but Army West Point used a 13-4 run to pull ahead. The Eagles came back to tie the set at 14-14, and the two teams continued to go back and forth. The Black Knights had the first set point at 24-23, but AU was able to hold on, eventually earning a 29-27 victory.
The Eagles led from the start in set two, beginning with a 10-4 advantage. Army West Point fought back to get within a point, but American pushed the margin back to four points to hold on to the win.
AU trailed through most of the third set, with Army West Point leading by as many as six points. Although the Eagles cut the margin to 18-16, the Black Knights were able to close out the win to force a fourth set.
In set four, American used strong blocking to pull ahead to a 21-13 lead, getting six total blocks, including five from sophomore Loren McKenzie. Army West Point eventually cut the margin to three points, but ultimately could not get past the Eagles.
"Tonight's tough road win at Army was a really competitive match between two very good teams," said American head coach Barry Goldberg. "We had a few difficulties to overcome this weekend and found success by having a few players step up their play to help us. I am so pleased to see our team respond well in such a challenging atmosphere."
"This was a challenging match-up, as we were struggling to block their middles," said senior setter Monika Smidova. "We did a good job holding them back on offense when we were serving.
"After having a couple of injuries and going through a tough part of our season, it is good to get this win."
American returns home for a pair of league matches next weekend, hosting Lehigh (Nov. 6) and Colgate (Nov. 7).