Sophomore Lynsey Petersen
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Sophomore Lynsey Petersen

Volleyball Falls To Georgia State In Season Opener

Holy Cross Athletics   08-26-2016


Score: Georgia State 3, Holy Cross 0  (26-24, 25-21, 25-21)  
Records: Holy Cross (0-1, 0-0 Patriot League); Georgia State (1-0, 0-0 Sun Belt Conference)
Tournament: James Madison Invitational
Location: Harrisonburg, Va. (Sinclair Gymnasium)
Date: Friday, Aug. 26, 2016
Time: 10:00 a.m. 
The Lead: Senior co-captain Mandy Sifferlen led the Crusaders with a double-double, including 12 kills (.256 hitting percentage) and 13 digs, but the Holy Cross volleyball team fell to Georgia State, 3-0, at the James Madison Invitational at Sinclair Gymnasium in the season-opener for both teams.


  • Freshman Lizzie Webb led the Crusaders with 27 assists in her debut as a setter.
  • Junior co-captain M.C. Magner led the team with 18 digs.
  • Sophomore Lynsey Petersen posted nine kills, five digs and two service aces. Junior Mary Mullen led the Crusaders with two blocks.  
  • The Panthers were led by Katelyn Rawls who posted 11 kills, while Sarah Renner tallied 34 assists and Celeste Friesen had 16 digs.


  • Senior Emily Popp now has 1,159 career digs, which ranks fifth all-time in the program’s history.
  • Sifferlen now has 20 career double-doubles.


  • Trailing 10-5 in the first set, the Crusaders used a 10-3 spurt to take a 15-13 lead. The Panthers notched the next five points to jump ahead by three before back-to-back kills by sophomores Lynsey Petersen and Allie Barry, followed by a block combination from Petersen and Mullen evened the set at 18-18.
  • Georgia State would hold onto the two-point lead up until a kill by Sifferlen, followed by a Panthers’ service error tied the set at 23-23. Holy Cross then took the next point to jump ahead by one, however, Georgia State notched three straight kills to win the opening set, 26-24.
  • With the Crusaders down 15-9 in the second set, Holy Cross tallied the next four points, with Petersen registering two service aces and a kill in that span, to close the gap to two points (15-13).
  • The Panthers won the following three points before a kill by Sifferlen and a service ace from Mullen kept the Crusaders within three points (18-15).
  • Georgia State used a five-point surge to extend its lead to 23-15 with Jocelyn Mahayag leading the way with three service aces during that span. The Crusaders battled back for the next four points to trim margin to five points, but the Panthers clinched two kills, each by Eliza Zachery, to take set two, 25-21.
  • The third set stayed within two points with Holy Cross leading 7-5 before the Panthers won 16 of the next 20 points to move out to a 21-11 lead. The Crusaders won nine of the next 11 points to trim the Panthers’ lead to three points (23-20). However, Georgia State won two of the next three points to secure the match-clinching 25-21 victory. Anna Rantala tallied a kill on match point.


  • The action at the James Madison Invitational continues tonight, Friday, Aug. 26, when the Crusaders take on North Carolina Central at 5:00 p.m. Holy Cross will conclude their action in the JMU Invitational on Saturday, Aug. 27 versus the tournament host, James Madison at 1:30 p.m.


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