Volleyball Falls To Hartford, 3-2
• Score: Hartford 3, Holy Cross 2 (15-25, 25-14, 25-21, 22-25, 19-17)
• Records: Holy Cross (0-7); Hartford (4-4)
• Location: Worcester, Mass. (Holy Cross Field House)
• Date: Tuesday, Sept. 9, 2014
• Time: 7:05 p.m.
• The Lead: Sophomore Katie McKernan (Sylvania, Ohio) recorded her first career triple-double with 10 kills, 47 assists and 10 digs but the Holy Cross volleyball team fell to Hartford, 3-2, on Tuesday night at the Holy Cross Field House by scores of 25-15, 14-25, 25-21, 22-25, 19-17.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
• Along with McKernan, the Crusaders were led by sophomore Mandy Sifferlen (Sudbury, Mass.) who tallied a career-best 23 kills and junior Emily Oliver (Carlsbad, Calif.) who posted 16 kills. Sophomore Emily Popp (Clarkston, Mich.) led the Crusaders with 21 digs, while freshman Mary Mullen (Mendota Heights, Minn.) tallied a career-best seven blocks. Freshman M.C. Magner (Northfield, Ill.) secured a career-best 13 digs.
• Three Hartford players posted double-doubles. Sareeta Nethersole had 20 kills and 19 digs, Corinne Horanzy posted 18 kills and 19 digs and Jackie Tamburri tallied 52 assists and 19 digs.
BEYOND THE BOXSCORE:
• Sifferlen's 23 kills are the most by a Crusader since Megan Lynch posted 34 at Bryant on Oct. 5, 2011.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
• After the Crusaders won the first set by a 25-15 score, the Hawks answered with a 25-14 win in the second set.
• With the Crusaders trailing 22-17 in the third set, they then won four of the next five points to cut Hartford's lead to 23-21. But after a timeout by the Hawks, Hartford won the next two points to win the set, 25-21.
• With the fourth set tied at 20-20, the Crusaders won five of the last seven points to force a fifth and deciding set. Sifferlen was outstanding with eight kills for the set including a kill on set point.
• With the fifth set tied at 15-15, Sifferlen posted a service ace to give the Crusaders a match point. After the Hawks won the next point to tie the set at 16-16, a kill by Oliver gave Holy Cross a 17-16 advantage. But the Hawks then won three straight points as Alicia Tripoli tallied a service ace on match point to give the Hawks the five-set victory.
• The Crusaders return to action on Saturday and Sunday, Sept. 13-14, when they compete at the Army Invitational in West Point, N.Y. On Saturday, Holy Cross will play its Patriot League opener versus Army at 11:00 a.m., while it will then take on Oakland at 5:00 p.m. The Crusaders will wrap up the tournament on Sunday at 11:00 a.m. versus Binghamton.
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