The third-seeded Army West Point Volleyball team claimed the Patriot League Championship with a 3-1 win over top-seeded Colgate Saturday afternoon at Cotterell Court.
“I'm so proud of our team for the way they showed maturity today. Even though our women are young, they had the ability to be calm under pressure,” Army head coach Alma Kovaci Lee said.
With the win the Black Knights have earned an automatic qualifier bid into the NCAA Tournament.
“I'm really proud that Army will be represented in the NCAAs. Knowing that we're not just representing West Point, but the army as a whole in the NCAAs feels incredible,” Kovaci Lee said.
The plebe tandem of Mackenzie Karnig and Allanah Cutler led the Cadets with 16 kills apiece. Additionally, classmate Paige Fixemer and firstie captain Monica Eckford both contributed nine. Hannah Presley, who was named the tournament's most valuable player, had 43 assists and no setting errors. Ana Oglivie led the team with 18 digs.
This marked the second consecutive match, which the Black Knights battled back after dropping the opening set. The Cadets had a 21-17 lead in the first set, but the Raiders closed out on an 8-2 run. Read more.