@AU_Volleyball Opens PL Action With Sweep

Helena Elbaek hits against Buffalo

EASTON, Pa.Aleksandra Kazala finished with 13 kills and Jasmine Ellison added 11 as American swept Lafayette, 25-11, 25-8, 25-8 on Friday in the Patriot League volleyball opener for each team.

The Eagles, who improved to 6-9 overall, finish the league-opening road trip on Saturday at Bucknell in a 5 p.m. match.



• Kazala, the Preseason Player of the Year in the PL, had her third straight match with double figures in kills. She had 13 kills and two errors in 20 attempts, hitting a season-best .550.

• Ellison hit 11-1-20 (.500) to post her first match with double-figure kills since Aug. 30.

Kennedy Etheridge had 21 assists and Kristen Largay finished with a season-best seven assists and a team-high 15 digs.

• American hit .416 in the match and held the Leopards to a minus-.103 mark. Lafayette had 15 kills and 25 attack errors.

• AU rolled to leads of 6-1, 8-3 and 14-6 on the way to the first-set victory. 

• American scored the first five points of the second set to gain the advantage. Leading 9-4 later in the set, the Eagles went on a 12-1 run to take over.

• The Eagles again earned an early lead in the final set, leading 8-2 and 10-5 before a decisive 11-1 streak put away the set.



Following the Saturday visit to Bucknell, the Eagles return home on Saturday, Sept. 29 to face Loyola Maryland at 4 p.m. and on Sunday, Sept. 30 for a 2 p.m. matinee with Navy.



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