Senior co-captain Mandy Sifferlen had a career-high 39 kills
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Senior co-captain Mandy Sifferlen had a career-high 39 kills

Volleyball Takes Down Quinnipiac, 3-1 At The Friar Classic

Holy Cross Athletics   09-10-2016

THE BASICS:

Score:  Holy Cross 3, Quinnipiac 1 (22-25, 25-19, 25-23, 25-22)    
Records: Holy Cross (3-5, 0-0 Patriot League); Quinnipiac (7-5, 0-0 MAAC)
Tournament: Friar Classic
Location: Providence, R.I. (Alumni Hall) 
Date: Friday, Sept. 10, 2016
Time: 1:30 p.m. 
The Lead: Senior co-captain Mandy Sifferlen tallied a career-high 39 kills, posting a .514 hitting percentage and adding 17 digs to the victory as the Holy Cross volleyball team defeated Quinnipiac, 3-1, at the Friar Classic at Alumni Hall in Providence, R.I.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:

  • Sifferlen’s 39 kills is the most by a Crusader in a single match since Megan Lynch tallied 34 kills against Bryant on Oct. 5 in 2011. She ranks a tied 19th all-time in a single four-set match in the NCAA history. Further, her 39 kills are tied for the most in a four-set match since 2008 when the 25-point rally scoring system was initiated. 
  • Holy Cross leads the all-time series against Quinnipiac, 10-6, defeating the Bobcats the past two times they faced them.
  • With a 3-5 record, the Crusaders are off to their best start to a season since 2013.
  • Sifferlen has posted double digits in kills in 22 consecutive matches, while leading the team in kills for the past 17 matches.
  • With 39 kills and 17 digs, Sifferlen notched her fifth double-double of the season and 24th of her career.
  • With 47 assists and 12 digs, freshman setter Lizzie Webb tallied her fifth career double-double.
  • Sophomore outside hitter Luisa Soares notched 10 kills and 15 digs for her second career double-double.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS:

  • Sifferlen led the Crusaders with her 39 kills and a .514 hitting percentage, finishing second on the team with 17 digs.
  • Junior co-captain libero M.C. Magner registered 19 digs for the team lead.
  • Webb led the team with a career-high 47 assists.
  • Soares led the Crusaders with three service aces, and junior middle hitter Mary Mullen led the team with three blocks.
  • Jen Coffey led the Bobcats with 19 kills and a .372 hitting percentage. In the back row, Natalie Alechko led Quinnipiac with 20 digs.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • The Crusaders held an 11-9 lead in the first set before Quinnipiac scored four straight points to take a 13-11 advantage. With the Bobcats leading 18-15, the Crusaders scored three consecutive times with a kill by Mullen and two more from Sifferlen, to tie the set at 18-18. Quinnipiac then won seven of the remaining 10 points to take set one, 25-22.
  • The second set stayed close with the score tied 15-15. The Crusaders then used a 4-0 run to take a 19-15 lead, as Soares tallied two service aces during this frame. The Bobcats took the next three points to close the gap to one point with the score, 19-18, but three kills from Sifferlen extended the Crusaders’ lead to 22-19. After winning the next point, back-to-back service aces by Webb gave the Crusaders the 25-19 victory.
  • With the third set tied, 3-3, Holy Cross scored three consecutive points to lead, 6-3. The Bobcats won five of the next seven points to tie the set, 8-8, but the Crusaders scored six of the next eight points to lead, 14-10. Quinnipiac won six of the following nine points to trim the deficit to one point, before bringing the set to a 19-19 tie, as Holy Cross took a timeout. The Crusaders then won six of the final 10 points with sophomore middle hitter Kristen Somerville earning the final kill of the set, giving Holy Cross the 25-23 third set victory.
  • Tied 4-4 in set four, Holy Cross registered eight of the next 10 points to jump ahead, 12-6. Somerville logged three kills during this span. The Bobcats then rallied for the next four points, cutting the Crusaders’ lead to two points (12-10), before bringing the set to a 14-14 tie. Quinnipiac scored three straight points to take a 17-14 lead. Then, scoring eight of the next 10 points, Holy Cross regained the lead with the score, 22-19. Quinnipiac got within one point with the score, 23-22, but a kill from Soares followed by a service ace by Somerville, gave the Crusaders the 25-22 win and a 3-1 match victory.

ON THE RADAR FOR ALL-TIME CAREER RECORDS:

  • Senior defensive specialist Emily Popp currently ranks fourth all-time in program history with 1,212 career digs. She needs 73 more digs to be third all-time and 100 digs to set the new school record.
  • Mullen is currently seventh all-time in Holy Cross history with 196 career blocks and needs 13 more blocks to move up to the sixth spot.
  • Sifferlen has 980 career kills, which is fourth all-time in program history. She is 83 kills away from ranking third all-time.

UP NEXT:

  • Holy Cross takes the court again this afternoon against La Salle to wrap up the Friar Classic before returning home to Worcester on Tuesday, Sept. 13 when the Crusaders take on Bryant at 7:05 p.m. at the Holy Cross Field House.

KEEP CONNECTED:

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