Army Cadets Top Bucknell in Five Set Comeback

WEST POINT – Trailing Bucknell 2-1 in the match, the Army West Point volleyball team rallied back to defeat the Bison in the final two sets for the victory.

It was Army’s third win in five set matches this season and second at home.

Allie Strong led the team with 16.5 points and had her third double-double of the season after posting 14 kills and 18 digs. Hannah Presley also notched a double-double on 32 assists and 11 digs.

First Set (Army 25, Bucknell 17)
The Black Knights started the game strong with a 12-10 kill advantage and 3-1 edge in blocks over the Bison.

Strong posted four kills in the set, while Emmy Barnhorst and Monica Eckford each had three.
Brianna Hartman contributed on all three blocks in the set.

Second Set (Bucknell 25, Army 18)
Bucknell surged back in the second set and hit efficiently at .261.

The Bison took advantage of Army’s errors in the set to win.

Lisa Sullivan had a set-high of four kills and Nikki Lum pushed out six assists.

Third Set (Bucknell 25, Army 18)
The Bison continued its momentum into the third with a .318-.061 hitting percentage.

Both sides had 10 kills, but errors plagued the Black Knights.

Fourth Set (Army 25, Bucknell 21)
Army rallied back in the fourth to stay alive in the match.

The Cadets had a 16-9 edge in kills fueled by Strong’s six and Courtney Horace’s five.

Presley stepped things up as well with 12 helpers in the fourth set alone.

Fifth Set (Army 17, Bucknell 15)
The Black Knights reached the eight-point mark first off a marathon rally and kill by Horace.

Bucknell was set up for match point, but Army was able to tie things up to stay alive.

It was one of 10 tie scores in the set. Army won the match on a kill by Sullivan.

The Black Knights have now played in nine five set matches with six being played at Gillis Field House.

The Black Knights are on the road at Holy Cross and Colgate this Friday and Saturday.

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