Junior M.C. Magner
Mark Seliger Photography
Mark Seliger Photography
Junior M.C. Magner

Volleyball Sweeps Bucknell On The Road

Holy Cross Athletics   10-15-2016


 Holy Cross 3, Bucknell 0 (25-22, 25-22, 25-22)
Records: Holy Cross (6-15, 2-6 Patriot League); Bucknell (4-16, 2-6 Patriot League)
Location: Lewisburg, Pa. (Davis Gym)
Date: Saturday, October 15, 2016
Time: 5:00 p.m.  
The Lead:  Sophomore right side hitter Lynsey Petersen led the Holy Cross volleyball team with a .429 hitting percentage as the Crusaders swept Bucknell on the road on Saturday night.


  • Holy Cross entered the court strong with 4-3 lead in the first set before tallying four straight points to move ahead by five with the score, 8-3. The Bison took the next four points, but Holy Cross battled back to hold the lead by at least a one-point margin until Bucknell tied the set at 12-12. The score remained close from there until the Crusaders won eight of the last 12 points, fueled by a pair of kills from sophomore outside hitter Luisa Soares to take set one, 25-22.
  • Holy Cross carried the momentum into the second set, jumping out to an 8-4 lead. The Bison then closed the gap to one point before winning the following seven of 10 points to take a 14-12 advantage. The deficit would remain within one point until the Crusaders used a 6-2 surge to stretch out to a 23-19 lead. Soares registered two kills during this run. Bucknell got within two but no closer, as the Crusaders notched the final two points with junior middle hitter Mary Mullen and freshman setter Lizzie Webb teaming up for a block on the winning point to take set two, 25-22, entering the locker room with a 2-0 match advantage.
  • Trailing 7-3 to start off the third set, the Crusaders rallied back to win 12 of the next 20 points to tie the set at 15-15 with Soares and senior co-captain outside hitter Mandy Sifferlen leading the charge for a combined four kills. The set stayed close for the following 10 points until it was tied at 20-20. The Crusaders then took three straight points to move out to a 23-20 lead. The Bison score the next point but got no closer as Mullen and Soares each delivered the final kills to win set three, 25-22, securing the 3-0 match victory.


  • Holy Cross recorded a .210 team hitting percentage.
  • Sifferlen’s 13 kills (.256 hitting percentage) was a team-best, while Soares added eight kills and 10 digs to the victory.
  • Junior co-captain libero M.C. Magner posted 13 digs to lead the Crusaders, as Mullen, Sifferlen and sophomore middle hitter Kristen Somerville each notched two blocks at the net to share the team lead. Somerville also led Holy Cross with a pair of service aces.
  • Webb had 31 assists to lead the Crusaders.
  • The Bison hit a .200 team hitting percentage and were led by Sophie Bullard, who tallied a double-double consisting of 15 kills and 16 digs and amounted a .343 hitting percentage. Bridgette Holland’s five blocks were good for a team lead.


  • Sifferlen has posted double-digit kills in 35 consecutive matches, while leading the team in kills for the past 29 of 30 matches.
  • With 13 kills and 11 digs, Sifferlen tallied her 12th double-double of the season and 31st of her career.
  • Sifferlen's 354 kills this season ranks sixth in the school's single-season record book. 
  • Mullen hit her season-best seven kills with a .278 hitting percentage.


  • Senior defensive specialist Emily Popp currently ranks second all-time in program history with 1,310 career digs. She needs three digs to set a new school record.
  • Sifferlen has 1,191 career kills, which are third all-time in the program’s history. She needs 55 more kills to rank second all-time.
  • Magner is ranked 10th all-time in program history with 927 career digs and is nine digs away from ranking ninth.
  • Mullen currently ranks fourth all-time in the program’s history with 226 career blocks and needs two more blocks to move up to the third-place spot.


  • Holy Cross returns to action on Tuesday Oct. 18, when the Crusaders take on Army West Point on the road in West Point, N.Y.


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