Volleyball can't hold off Lafayette
EASTON, Pa. – The Holy Cross volleyball team couldn’t hold off a comeback by Lafayette, falling 3-2 on Friday, Oct. 11.
Junior outside hitter Rachel Harding had 17 kills, including 10 in the first set, along with 11 digs and a .419 hitting percentage to lead the Crusaders (3-16, 0-5 Patriot League). Junior setter Shannon Dwyer had a career-best 46 assists to go with 10 digs; freshman outside hitter Gracyn Benck had 13 kills while junior libero Sophie VanSeveren recorded 20 digs and four aces.
Leanna Deegan had 15 kills with a .444 attack percentage for the Leopards (12-8, 1-3 Patriot League). Grace Steurer and Grace Tulevich had 11 kills apiece.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Trailing 4-3 early in the first set, the Crusaders rallied off six unanswered points in a span that featured three straight kills from Harding. After Lafayette got a point back off a kill by Madi Wahrmund, Harding had another kill to put the Crusaders ahead 10-5. The Leopards cut within 15-13, but Holy Cross went on a 5-0 run with three more kills from Harding to take a commanding lead. With the Crusaders at set point at 24-17, Deegan had a kill for Lafayette, but sophomore outside hitter Regan Wright closed out the 25-18 opening set victory with a kill of her own.
- Lafayette went ahead 5-0 early and eventually took a 9-3 lead in the second set, but the Crusaders rallied back to cut within 10-8 after back-to-back kills by Harding and junior middle blocker Katie Kerins. After the Leopards built their lead to 16-11, Holy Cross responded with five straight points to even the score; Lafayette led 19-17, but the Crusaders had four consecutive points, including two service aces by VanSeveren. With the Leopards at set point at 24-23, Holy Cross had the next three points, capped by kills from Benck and Kerins, to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
- Back-to-back service aces for freshman Emma VanSeveren gave Holy Cross a 3-1 lead early in the second set, and the Crusaders built their lead to 13-8 after back-to-back kills by Benck and junior middle blocker Clare Honan. Lafayette worked its way back in, and with the score tied at 20-20, the Leopards took five of the next six points to cut within 2-1.
- After Lafayette took a 7-3 lead to open the fourth, Holy Cross rallied back to even the score at 10-10 with a kill by Emma VanSeveren. The Leopards quickly rebuilt their lead to 14-10, and did not let Holy Cross gain the lead from that point on; Kerins had a kill to bring the Crusaders within 24-22 late, but a service error by the Crusaders forced a fifth set.
- Lafayette took a 9-3 lead to open the deciding set, and had match point at 14-8; the Crusaders scored three straight points off a Leopards service error, a service ace by Benck and a Leopards attack error, but Tulevich had a kill to complete the comeback for Lafayette.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
- In the first set, Holy Cross hit .741 as a team, led by 10 kills on 11 attempts by Harding; Holy Cross hit .361 for the entire match, marking a season best.
- Harding’s double-double was her fifth of the season.
- Dwyer’s double-double was her third of the season, and her 46 assists bested her previous career high by eight assists.
- Emma VanSeveren, who had three service aces in the match, doubled her season total.
- The Crusaders head to Lewisburg, Pa., to take on Bucknell at 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 12.