For the first time since 2015, the Army West Point Volleyball team is heading to the Patriot League Championship after defeating No. 2 Colgate 3-1 on Saturday. "I think today was about guts," Head Coach Alma Kovaci Lee said. "We talked to the team and we said -- 'how bad do you want this?' and they responded with an amazing effort. The seniors' leadership has been amazing. They didn't want their season to be done and they fought tooth-and-nail to make sure that tonight wasn't their final match."
The first set was a game of runs, with Colgate getting the better of it. After falling into a 5-1 hole, Army was able to even things at five. Colgate then got the score to 13-6 before Army rattled off five straight to make it 13-11. The Black Knights were never able to take the lead though, as Colgate took the first set 25-20."In that first set, I think there was a bit of nerves," Kovaci Lee said. "Colgate is a very good team, they are 15-1, and they showed us that we were going to have to fight tonight."
The Black Knights jumped ahead from the start of set two, taking a 10-3 lead early. That lead held throughout the set despite a late push from Colgate. The Raiders cut the lead to 22-20 before Army was able to close the door and win the set 25-21. After hitting .093 in set one, the Cadets hit an impressive .361 in set two. Read more.