In its second-ever trip to the NCAA Tournament, the Army West Point Volleyball team fell in its first-round matchup with Notre Dame, 3-1, yesterday afternoon at the CHI Health Center.
This marked the final contest for Army's firstie class of Bella Benoit, Monica Eckford, Ana Oglivie, Maggie Petersen and Hannah Presley. The group helped lead Army to back-to-back appearances in the Patriot League Tournament championship game, including its first win in the title game since 2009. In their four years, Army posted an overall record of 60-40 and was 28-13 in the last two seasons.
“I just can't say enough about our seniors leading us through the season” said Army head coach Alma Kovaci Lee. “It has been a very tough season for us, and they stuck with us until the very end and committed to the success of this team. The legacy they have left is incredible.”
“Everybody was very committed to this season and as a senior that's all you can really ask for – is for everyone to give that same heart that you give because you know it's your last season,” Oglivie added. “I feel like everyone played like it was their last chance every single time we practiced and in every game.”
Army's plebes had 11 of the Black Knights' 15 kills in the first set of play. Allanah Cutler led the way with six, while Paige Fixemer contributed three and Mackenzie Karnig added two. The Fighting Irish led 23-21, but the Cadets used a 4-0 run to take the first. Read more.