FRESNO, Calif. – The American University volleyball team had a strong start but fell to host Fresno State in a five-set battle Friday night.
The Eagles are now 3-2 heading into the final match of the four-game weekend on Saturday morning. They opened with a 3-2 loss to Cal Baptist on Thursday before sweeping San Francisco, 3-0, Friday morning. AU will close the Fresno State Invitational against St. Mary's (Calif.) at 1 p.m. ET (10 a.m. PT) on Saturday.
- This is the second five-set match for the Eagles during the 2018 season. The first came earlier in the weekend during the 3-2 loss to Cal Baptist.
- Senior Aleksandra Kazala tied her season-best 19 kills to lead the team. She also put up her second double-double in as many days with 11 digs.
- Junior transfer Jeanne Westney earned a season-high 16 kills and seven blocks in her third match as an Eagle.
- Senior setter Kennedy Etheridge picked up her third consecutive double-double with a team-high 48 assists and 16 digs.
- Junior libero Kristen Largay added yet another season-high with 30 digs.
- The Eagles overcame an early four-point deficit to Fresno State in the first set to lead by as much as 10 before a late six-point surge from the Bulldogs put them back in contention at 23-18. A kill from Westney and one final attack error by Fresno eventually closed the set in AU's favor, 25-18.
- American was poised to take the second set at 24-17 before yet another late run by Fresno State tipped the scales. Nine unanswered points, including four from AU errors, tied the match at one set each heading into the third.
- AU regained the edge with a 25-22 win in the third set but was unable to carry that momentum through as Fresno claimed the final two sets, 25-17 and 15-10.
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BACK AT HOME
AU's next home events come on Sept. 14 and 15 when the Eagles host the American Volleyball Classic. AU plays Buffalo on Friday at 7 p.m. before facing Howard on Saturday at 11 a.m. and Penn State on Saturday at 7 p.m.
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