September 14, 2017
By: Erica Rose
The Lehigh Women’s Volleyball team did something that the program had not done since 1985 on Tuesday night at Grace Hall – beat Villanova. The Mountain Hawks put together a complete match and dominated the Wildcats, pulling out a historic upset in 3 sets. The offense shined in the victory, hitting over .300 in each of the first two sets. At the same time, Lehigh held it’s opponent to a .198 percentage for the match. The Mountain Hawks cruised to the victory in the first set, thanks to a 6-2 start. The Wildcats made them work for the next two, especially in the third and final. Villanova would take their first lead of the night at 16-15 in the third set, and the two would go back and forth the rest of the way with 8 ties. In the end, the Mountain Hawks would prevail with the 25-23 win to make the sweep.
It was an exciting win for the team, over a very good Villanova program. The women have been working hard and evolving into the group they are now, which is what allowed them to pull out the win, said Head Coach Bob Bertucci. The team was in a similar situation earlier this season where they were up 2-0 against Duke and went on to lose the match 3-2. Having been in that situation and losing was something the team did not want to experience again. Therefore they have been working on finishing matches out strong, and it’s safe to say the hard work has paid off.
It was definitely a team win for the Brown and White. Ana Spangenberg led with 12 kills, right behind her was Lauren Bright with 10 and freshman Sabrina Lancaster with 9. Megan Polak also played a big role with 32 assists.