Volleyball Defeated By Lafayette, 3-2, In Season-Finale

Holy Cross Athletics   11-14-2014
Holy Cross Athletics

THE BASICS:

Score: Lafayette 3, Holy Cross 2 (25-20, 22-25, 21-25, 25-16, 15-12)  
Records: Holy Cross (7-20, 6-10 Patriot League); Lafayette (3-13, 6-22 Patriot League)
Location: Worcester, Mass. (Holy Cross Field House)
Date: Saturday, Nov. 15, 2014
Time: 4:05 p.m. 
The Lead: Senior Hannah Grace Stokes (Atlanta, Ga.) posted a double-double with 35 assists and a career-best 21 digs, but the Holy Cross volleyball team fell to Lafayette, 3-2, at the Holy Cross Field House on Saturday afternoon in Patriot League action by scores of 25-20, 22-25, 21-25, 25-16, 15-12. The Crusaders conclude the 2014 season 7-20 overall (6-10 Patriot League).

Video of the Senior Day Ceremony:

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INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Sophomore Mandy Sifferlen (Sudbury, Mass.) also tallied a double-double for the Crusaders with 11 kills and 10 digs. Sophomore Emily Popp (Clarkston, Mich.) led the team with 23 digs. Senior Dana Weston (Canton, Mass.) recorded a team-best six blocks. Sophomore Natalie Welsch (Eden Prairie, Minn.) posted 10 kills and freshman M.C. Magner (Northfield, Ill.) recorded 12 digs.  
  • Tori Smith posted a double-double for the Leopards with 34 assists and 13 digs, while she also tallied nine kills. Samantha Volk also recorded a double-double with 24 assists and 13 digs. Elizabeth Walsh led Lafayette with 17 kills, while Lauren Pisauro had 27 digs.

BEYOND THE BOXSCORE

  • Popp set the school record this season with 5.34 digs per set. Katie Lynch set the previous record in 1999 with 4.57 digs per set. Popp concludes the season with 555 digs as she set the school record earlier this season which was 442. Her 555 digs are ranked fifth all-time in Patriot League history.
  • Stokes' double-double was her fourth of the season and the 21st of her career. Sifferlen posted her ninth double-double of the year and the 10th of her career.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Lafayette won the first set by a 25-20 score as Smith tallied a kill on set point. Danielle Towslee led the Leopards with five kills.
  • With the second set tied at 22-22, the Crusaders won the next three points for a 25-22 victory as Welsch posted a kill on set point. Sifferlen led the way with five kills.
  • With the Crusaders leading the third set, 21-20, a kill by senior captain Alicia Swearingen (Springdale, Ark.) increased the lead to 22-20. Welsch then recorded two straight kills to give the Crusaders four set points. After a kill by Walsh made the score 24-21, Stokes secured the 25-21 win with a kill. Welsch had a team-best five kills for the set.
  • Lafayette took the fourth set, 25-16. Walsh led the Leopards with six kills.
  • With the fifth and deciding set tied at 11-11, the Leopards won three straight points to earn three match points at 14-11. After a kill by Swearingen cut Lafayette's lead to 14-12, Brianne Giangiobbe clinched the match with a kill for the 15-12 win.

SENIOR DAY:

  • Before the match, the Crusaders honored seniors Julia Gould (Ridgewood, N.J.)Kamele Shizuru (Kailua, Hawaii), captain Mary-Kate Short (Lighthouse Point, Fla.), Stokes, Swearingen and Weston.
  • Swearingen demonstrated her strong leadership skills as a two-year captain. She posted over 300 kills and 300 digs for her career. She is also a three-year member of the Holy Cross Leadership Academy and earned 2013 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll accolades. Swearingen has also been instrumental in getting the team involved in the Walk to Cure Diabetes to raise awareness and money for the cause of curing Type 1 Diabetes.
  • Stokes is ranked fourth all-time in program history with 1,735 career assists. She also recorded 701 digs and 105 blocks. She was named to the Beanpot Classic All-Tournament team and was selected as the Crusader of the Week in 2011. She is also a three-year member of the Holy Cross Leadership Academy. 
  • Gould has played in 341 career sets which are the most of any current member of the team. She also recorded 616 career digs. She has displayed her strong leadership ability as a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.
  • Shizuru won the team's 2013 Most Valuable Teammate Award and the Coaches Award. Also in 2013 she led the team in blocks with 54. She also won the team's Raising The Bar Award in 2011 for her work in the weight room. Shizuru tallied 100 career blocks. 
  • Short has been a strong leader as a two-year captain and a three-year member of the Holy Cross Leadership Academy. She was strong at the net with 129 career blocks. She won the team's Raising The Bar Award in 2012 for her work in the weight room.
  • Weston won the team's Iron Crusader Award in 2013, as the player who has excelled in the weight room and shows the best overall performance. She has also been a strong leader as a member of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. This year she posted a career-best 39 blocks and tallied 73 for her career.   

KEEP CONNECTED:

  • There are numerous ways to stay connected with the Holy Cross volleyball team. Follow the Crusaders on Twitter @HCrossVB, on Facebook and on Instagram. You can also get the latest news and results on the team sent directly to your e-mail. To sign up for e-mail alerts go here: http://www.goholycross.com/list-signup.

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