Senior Mandy Sifferlen tallied her 14th double-double of the season.
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Senior Mandy Sifferlen tallied her 14th double-double of the season.

Volleyball Takes Down Loyola Maryland In Four Sets

Holy Cross Athletics   10-29-2016

THE BASICS

Score:
Holy Cross 3, Loyola Maryland 1 (28-26, 25-23, 23-25, 25-17)
Records: Holy Cross (7-18, 3-9 Patriot League); Loyola (Md.) (5-18, 2-10 Patriot League)
Location: Baltimore, Md. (Reitz Arena)
Date: Saturday, October 29, 2016
Time: 2:00 p.m.  
The Lead: Senior co-captain Mandy Sifferlen led the Holy Cross volleyball team with a double-double of 26 kills and 19 digs at outside hitter and had a team-lead of two service aces, as the Crusaders concluded their regular season road slate with a 3-1 win over Loyola (Md.) on Saturday afternoon.

 BEYOND THE BOX SCORE

  • Sifferlen’s 408 kills this season ranks third all-time in the school’s history.
  • Sifferlen has tallied double-digit kills in the past 37 of 39 matches, leading the team in kills in the last 32 of 34 contests.
  • Sifferlen has 1,245 career kills, which are third all-time in the program’s history.
  • With 26 kills and 19 digs, Sifferlen tallied her 14th double-double of the season and 33rd of her career.
  • Junior middle hitter Mary Mullen currently ranks third all-time in the program’s history with 236 career blocks. She needs eight more stuffs to set a new Holy Cross record.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS

  • The Crusaders recorded a .234 team hitting percentage. Sifferlen led the hitters with a .275 hitting percentage, followed by sophomore outside hitter Luisa Soares who tallied 13 kills for a .233 hitting percentage. Soares added nine digs to the victory.
  • Freshman setter Lizzie Webb led with 43 assists and three blocks and notched three kills.
  • Junior co-captain libero M.C. Magner had 18 digs in the back row, while junior middle hitter Mary Mullen tallied four blocks to lead Holy Cross at the net.
  • Jane Lukas led the Greyhounds with 17 kills, as Haley Puddy notched five stuffs for the team lead at the net. Molly Werts posted 15 digs in the back row.

HOW IT HAPPENED

  • The Crusaders jumped out to a 3-0 lead to start the first set before the Greyhounds took the next three points to tie the score up. Loyola Maryland then won six of the next seven points to lead, 9-4. Holy Cross answered with a four-point surge before winning two of the following three points, fueled by two kills from Soares, to bring the set to a 10-10 tie. From there, the score remained within a three-point margin. Tied at 24-24, Sifferlen delivered a kill, as the Crusaders won two of the next three points for a 26-25 set point advantage, before Mullen notched a kill to secure the 28-26 set victory.
  • Tied at 6-6 in the second set, the Crusaders used a 4-0 run with Soares leading the way with two kills to take a 10-6 advantage. Holy Cross held at least a two-point lead until the Greyhounds tallied four straight points to make the score 15-14. The Crusaders led the way until Loyola (Md.) tied the set at 23-23. Holy Cross battled back to win the last two points to take the second set, 25-23, as Holy Cross entered the locker room with a 2-0 match advantage.
  • The Greyhounds started the third set strong, holding a 7-3 advantage. Two kills from Soares closed the gap to two points, but Loyola (Md.) maintained its lead. Trailing 11-7, Holy Cross rallied for five consecutive points to take a one-point lead, as the Greyhounds took a timeout. Loyola (Md.) pulled ahead by two, but the Crusaders continued to battle back to keep the set close. Tied at 21-21, the Greyhounds won four of the final six points to win the third set, 25-23.
  • Holy Cross held a 10-5 lead to start the fourth set with Sifferlen leading the way with two kills during that span. The Greyhounds closed in on four points, as the Crusaders led, 13-9. Holy Cross refused to look back from there, holding at least a three-point lead until the score was 17-14. The Crusaders then won-out the remaining eight of 11 points, winning the fourth set, 25-17 and securing the 3-1  match victory.

ON THE RADAR FOR ALL-TIME CAREER RECORDS

  • Popp holds the Holy Cross all-time record with 1,342 career digs.
  • Mullen currently ranks second all-time in the program’s history with 236 career blocks. She needs eight more stuffs to set a new Holy Cross record.
  • Magner is ranked ninth all-time in program history with 975 career digs and is 117 digs away from ranking eighth.
  • Magner is 12 digs away from ranking 10th all-time in school history in single-season digs.

UP NEXT

  • Holy Cross returns to Worcester next weekend to host two matches at the newly renovated Hart Center at the Luth Athletic Complex. The Crusaders will take on Navy on Friday, Nov. 4 at 7:05 p.m. before facing Lafayette the next day at 4:05 p.m.

KEEP CONNECTED

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