Senior Mandy Sifferlen posted 29 kills.
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Senior Mandy Sifferlen posted 29 kills.

Volleyball Falls To Navy In Five Sets

Holy Cross Athletics   10-08-2016


 Navy 3, Holy Cross 2 (29-27, 21-25, 25-17, 23-25, 15-12)
Records: Holy Cross (5-14, 1-5 Patriot League); Navy (13-5, 3-3 Patriot League)
Location: Annapolis, Md. (Wesley A. Brown Field House)
Date: Saturday, October 8, 2016
Time: 7:30 p.m.  
The Lead: The Holy Cross volleyball team recorded a .238 hitting percentage, as senior co-captain Mandy Sifferlen tallied 29 kills and 16 digs, but the Crusaders suffered a 3-2 defeat to Navy on Saturday night in a five-set thriller at the Wesley A. Brown Field House in Annapolis, Md.  


  • Senior defensive specialist Emily Popp  had 12 digs in tonight’s match, which moved her up to ranking second all-time in the school’s history with 1,298 career digs.
  • Sifferlen has posted double-digit kills in 33 consecutive matches, while leading the team in kills for the past 27 of 28 matches.
  • With her 29 kills and 16 digs, Sifferlen recorded her 11th double-double of the season and 30th of her career.
  • Sophomore right side hitter Lynsey Petersen notched a season-best 14 kills with a .423 hitting percentage.
  • Junior middle hitter Mary Mullen tied her career-best nine blocks.  
  • With her team lead of 27 digs, junior co-captain libero M.C. Magner now has 899 career digs, which ranks 10th all-time in the school’s history.


  • Sifferlen’s 29 kills were good for a team-best, as Mullen’s nine blocks and Magner’s 27 digs were each a team lead.
  • Freshman setter Lizzie Webb led Holy Cross with 46 assists.
  • The Midshipmen were led by Gaby Smith, Dorothy Murray and Sarena Seelbach, who each notched 14 kills. As a team, Navy had a .222 hitting percentage, and in the back row, Patricia Mattingly led the team with 28 digs.


  • The Crusaders held a three-point lead in the first set before the Midshipmen tallied 10 of the next 17 points to tie the set at 15-15. Holy Cross stayed in front, consistently holding a one-point advantage over Navy until Sifferlen delivered three straight kills to give the Crusaders a 23-19 edge. Navy then used a 7-3 push to bring the set to a 26-26 tie before winning three of the final four points for a 29-27 set victory. Holy Cross notched a .311 team hitting percentage in the first set.
  • Trailing 12-8 to start the second set, the Crusaders battled back, winning the next four points to tie the set, 12-12. Sifferlen posted two kills during this run. After Navy pulled ahead by three, Holy Cross continued to keep the set close. With the Midshipmen leading 20-17, the Crusaders used an 8-1 surge to take set two, 25-21, as Sifferlen led the charge with three kills and a service ace. As a team, Holy Cross amounted a .299 overall hitting percentage at the break, with Sifferlen leading the way with 16 kills (.395 hitting percentage).
  • Both sides battled in the third set to keep the score tight, up until Navy tallied four consecutive points to lead 14-11. The Crusaders continued to battle, closing the gap to one point, but the Midshipmen won-out the last seven points, taking set three, 25-17.
  • Tied 6-6 to start the fourth set, Holy Cross registered three points in a row to take a 9-6 lead. The Midshipmen then won the next seven of nine points to move ahead by two with the score 13-11. Down by two points, Holy Cross used a 6-1 spurt to move out to an 18-15 lead, but again, Navy evened the score at 18. The set remained a tie up until the Crusaders won three of the last four points with Sifferlen recording the final kill in that set for the 25-23 fourth set win, bringing the match to the deciding fifth set.
  • The fifth set was a hard-fought battle by both teams with the deficit remaining within a  two-point margin up until the score was 14-12 with Navy on top. The Midshipmen won the final point on a kill to secure the 3-2 match victory. 


  • Popp currently ranks second all-time in program history with 1,298 career digs. She needs 15 digs to set a new school record.
  • Sifferlen has 1,161 career kills, which are third all-time in the program’s history. She needs 85 more kills to rank second all-time.
  • Magner is ranked 10th all-time in program history with 899 career digs and is 37 digs away from ranking ninth.
  • Mullen currently ranks fourth all-time in the program’s history with 224 career blocks and needs three more blocks to move up to the third-place spot.


  • The Crusaders return to action on Oct.14-15 with two Patriot League opponents on the road. Holy Cross will first travel to Bethlehem, Pa. on Oct.14 to take on Lehigh at 7:00 p.m. before heading to Lewisburg, Pa. the next day to face Bucknell at 5:00 p.m.


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