The Army West Point Volleyball team opened the Patriot League Tournament with a 3-1 quarterfinals victory over Loyola (Md.) on Tuesday. The win advances the Black Knights to a semifinal's matchup with #2 Colgate in Washington, D.C. on Saturday November 23.
"This was a great win," Head Coach Alma Kovaci Lee said. "Loyola came to play tonight and we had to fight for it, and I am happy with how our team responded."
That fight started early on in the match, as both teams hit over .300 in the first set. Sydney Morriss' eight first set kills paved the way for a 25-23 set victory for Army. The second set was quite different, with both teams hitting under .100, Loyola was able to rebound and win the set 25-22 to even the match. Army relied on their net-front play in the third, recording seven blocks en route to a 25-22 set win. In the fourth, Army's offense returned to its first set form, hitting a match-best .341 to win the set 25-21 clinch the match 3-1.
"Our seniors have done so much for this program, so it was so nice to see them close out their home careers with a win," Kovaci Lee said. "No matter who Sydney and Courtney had in front of them, they were scoring. I said just keep giving balls to Sydney because she was ready for everything and Courtney taking that big swing to clinch the match, that shows mental toughness." Read more.