Senior Emily Popp set a new school record with 1,322 career digs.
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Senior Emily Popp set a new school record with 1,322 career digs.

Crusaders Drop 3-1 Decision To Army West Point

Holy Cross Athletics   10-18-2016

THE BASICS

Score:
 Army West Point 3, Holy Cross 1 (21-25, 25-18, 25-18, 25-16)
Records: Holy Cross (6-16, 2-7 Patriot League); Army West Point (15-8, 7-2 Patriot League)
Location: West Point, N.Y. (Gillis Field House)
Date: Tuesday, October 18, 2016
Time: 7:00 p.m.  
The Lead: Senior defensive specialist Emily Popp tallied 12 digs to set a new all-time Holy Cross record with 1,322 career digs, but the Holy Cross volleyball team fell to Army West Point, 3-1, in West Point, N.Y. on Tuesday night.

 BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • With 12 digs tonight, Popp now holds the Holy Cross all-time record in career digs with 1,322.
  • Senior co-captain outside hitter Mandy Sifferlen has posted double-digit kills in 36 consecutive matches.
  • With 12 kills and 13 digs, Sifferlen tallied her 13th double-double of the season and 32nd of her career.
  • Sifferlen's 366 kills this season ranks sixth in school history.
  • After stuffing two blocks tonight, junior middle hitter Mary Mullen currently ranks third all-time in the program’s history with 228 career blocks and needs five more blocks to move up to the second-place spot.
  • Junior co-captain libero M.C. Magner is now ranked ninth all-time in program history with 941 career digs and is 151 digs away from ranking eighth.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • The Crusaders averaged a .216 hitting percentage.
  • For the second time this season, sophomore outside hitter Luisa Soares led the Crusaders with 13 kills. Soares also had nine digs tonight.
  • Sophomore right side hitter Lynsey Petersen added 11 kills, leading Holy Cross with a .321 hitting percentage.
  • Sifferlen, Mullen and sophomore middle hitter Kristen Somerville each had two stuffs at the net to lead the Crusaders. Mullen (.267 hitting percentage) and Somerville (.263 hitting percentage) each had five kills.
  • Magner posted14 digs to notch the team lead, as freshman setter Lizzie Webb registered 40 assists and had nine digs.
  • The Black Knights amounted a.335 hitting percentage with Allie Strong leading the way with a double-double of 18 kills (.325 hitting percentage) and 13 digs. Both Amber Clay (10 kills and 17 digs) and Olivia Fairfield (14 kills and 14 digs) each added a double-double to the win.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • Both sides opened the first set strong, as the score remained within two points to start. Tied at 15-15, Holy Cross pushed ahead, using a 6-2 surge with Mullen delivering three kills during that span. The Crusaders refused to look back, holding the lead from there, as Sifferlen notched the final kill with Holy Cross taking the first set, 25-21. As a team, Holy Cross had a .350 hitting percentage in the first set.
  • The Crusaders carried the momentum into the second set, jumping out to an early 8-5 lead. The Black Knights battled back to trim the deficit to one point with the score, 10-9. With the score tied 11-11, Army West Point rallied for seven straight points to move out to an 18-11 advantage. Holy Cross closed in on three points, fueled by three kills from Sifferlen, as the Crusaders trailed 18-15. Holy Cross would get no closer though, as the Black Knights won set two, 25-18.
  • Trailing 8-4 to start the third set, the Crusaders won six of the next eight points to tie the score, 10-10. Army West Point responded with a 7-1 spurt to regain a six-point lead. Holy Cross fought back but couldn’t overcome the six-point margin, as Army West Point took set three, 25-18 for the 2-1 match advantage.
  • The Black Knights came out strong in the fourth set, registering a 12-4 lead. Army West Point would hold at least a six-point advantage up until the score was 19-11. Holy Cross rallied for the next three points to get within five, but could not get any closer, as the Black Knights won the fourth set, 25-16, capturing the 3-1 match victory.

 ON THE RADAR FOR ALL-TIME CAREER RECORD

  • Sifferlen has 1,203 career kills, which are third all-time in the program’s history. She needs 43 more kills to rank second all-time.

UP NEXT

  • Holy Cross returns to the court this weekend against Colgate on Saturday, Oct. 22 at 4:00 p.m. in Hamilton, N.Y.

KEEP CONNECTED

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