Lady Roos fall short in Black Knights Invitational
The volleyball team had a tough time on the court last week as it competed for the first time this fall in the Black Knights Invitational at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y., Aug. 26-27.
The Roos were defeated in all three games against Bryant, host Army and Hartford.
However, in fairness to the Lady Roos, they showed glimpses of magic in the opening two games which saw them take the lead and dominate play.
As we all know in volleyball, the last set is the hardest to win and this is where the team seemed to unravel as its opponents rallied to take victories in the fifth and final set.
Against Bryant, Kelsey Knoche and Emily Lucas each notched double-doubles.
Lucas finished with a team-high 14 kills and 13 digs while senior Nicole Kerkman came to life with two aces during a 25-20 first-set win.
After the Bryant Bulldogs tied the match, the Roos won the third set 25-19.
But the team-high 25 digs by Kirkman and assists of Brittany Robers (22) and Ella Meier (21) over the course of the match, were not enough to stop the Bulldogs charge to a 25-17 and 15-9 victories in the last two sets.
Just hours later, the Roos had to re-group against Army.
The Roos came out of the traps with great energy and stormed to a two-set lead.
Christiana McQuin and Demetria Williams both scored vital kills to take the first set 25-20.
In the second set, the Roos were unstoppable and won 25-11.
However, the Black Knights rallied and won the next two sets 25-16 and 25-22.
The Roos regained some of their early form and tied the fifth set 14-14 before the Black Knights took the last two points and won the match.
During the match, Lucas led the team with 16 kills, while at the net, Brittany Fossier produced eight blocks.
Understandably disheartened and drained by the 10 sets and narrow defeats the day before, it is fair to say the Roos never truly showed up for the final encounters for their last match of the tournament against Hartford.
The Roos were swept in three sets, 25-17, 25-20 and 25-19.
Nothing seemed to go their way.
But every cloud has a silver lining, and for efforts, Lucas and Kirkman were both named to the Black Knights Invitational all-tournament team.
The team will surely learn from this tough trip and can also take positives from the way it took early advantage in two of the three matches.
The Kangaroos will be back in action again next weekend when they head to Radford, Va. for three matches in the Radford Tournament (Sept. 2-3).