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Volleyball Rallies For 3-1 Win Over Lafayette

Holy Cross Athletics   10-07-2016


 Holy Cross 3, Lafayette 1 (21-25, 27-25, 25-22, 25-14)
Records: Holy Cross (5-13, 1-4 Patriot League); Lafayette (3-12, 1-4 Patriot League)
Location: Easton, Pa. (Kirby Sports Center) 
Date: Friday, October 7, 2016
Time: 7:00 p.m.  
The Lead:  Trailing 1-0 to start the match, the Holy Cross volleyball team battled back to win out three straight sets with senior co-captain Mandy Sifferlen leading the way with 16 kills, as the Crusaders defeated Lafayette in four sets at the Kirby Sports Center in Easton, Pa. on Friday night.


  • Starting off the first set, both teams battled hard to keep the score tight, as it remained within a one-point margin. Tied at 9-9, the Leopards used a 6-0 run to take a 15-9 lead. Lafayette would stay in front by at least four points up until the Leopards had the set point advantage with the score, 24-18. The Crusaders then responded  with a 3-0 spurt to close the gap to three points (24-21) but couldn’t get the edge, as the Leopards earned the final point on a block to take set one, 25-21.
  • Holy Cross started the second set strong, jumping out to an 8-3 lead. Sophomore outside hitter Luisa Soares recorded two kills during this span. Lafayette then tallied the next three points to close the margin to two (8-6). With the Crusaders holding a 12-6 advantage, the Leopards scored the next eight of nine points to move ahead by one with the score, 14-13. As the set remained close, Holy Cross led 16-15 before Lafayette took four straight points for a 20-16 advantage. The Crusaders would score six of the following seven points to lead by one again, making the score 22-21. Tied at 24-24, Holy Cross won three of the last four points for the 27-25 second set victory with freshman setter Lizzie Webb smashing home the final kill.
  • The third set stayed within a one-point margin for the first 26 points. Trailing by one, the Crusaders used an 8-2 surge to lead, 21-16. Sophomore middle hitter Kristen Somerville had three blocks during this run. Holy Cross took the set point advantage with a five-point lead, as Lafayette rallied for the next three points to trim the deficit to two. Sifferlen then connected with Webb to push for the final point, as the Crusaders went ahead, 2-1 in the match with the 25-22 third set win.
  • As a team, the Crusaders registered a .400 hitting percentage in the fourth set with Holy Cross amounting a 16-3 advantage. Sifferlen had four kills during this span. The Leopards would get no closer than nine points, as Holy Cross took the fourth set, 25-14, capturing the 3-1 match victory.


  • Junior co-captain libero M.C. Magner posted 21 digs for the team lead in the back row, while Webb’s 38 assists were a team-best.
  • Somerville led the Crusaders with four blocks at the net, and senior defensive specialist Emily Popp led the team with three service aces.
  • Elizabeth Walsh and Katherine Stevens each had nine kills to share the team lead on offense for Lafayette. Katrina Ruggiero had 24 digs, as Stevens added four blocks to lead the Leopards on defense.


  • With 17 digs tonight,  Popp now ranks third all-time in the school’s history with 1,286 career digs.
  • Sifferlen has posted double-digit kills in 32 consecutive matches, while leading the team in kills for the past 26 of 27 matches.
  • With her 16 kills and 15 digs, Sifferlen recorded her 10th double-double of the season and 29th of her career.
  • Webb tallied her 10th career double-double with 38 assists and 14 digs. Webb also notched a career high .500 hitting percentage with her four kills in the match.
  • Somerville hit a career high nine kills with a .227 hitting percentage.
  • The Crusaders now lead the all-time series versus the Leopards, 26-25, winning the last three consecutive matches against Lafayette.


  • Popp currently ranks third all-time in program history with 1,286 career digs. She needs 27 digs to set a new school record.
  • Sifferlen has 1,132 career kills, which are third all-time in the program’s history. She needs 114 more kills to rank second all-time.
  • Magner has 871 career digs and is 22 digs away from being 10th all-time in the school’s history.
  • Junior middle hitter Mary Mullen currently ranks fourth all-time in the program’s history with 215 career blocks and needs 12 more blocks to move up to the third-place spot.


  • Holy Cross will continue the conference action on the road tomorrow in Annapolis, Md. against Navy at 7:30 p.m.


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