WORCESTER, Mass. - Freshman Megan Lynch (Mendham, N.J.) tied her season best with 23 kills as the Holy Cross volleyball team defeated Bucknell, 3-1, on Friday night at the Holy Cross Field House by scores of 25-16, 29-27, 15-25 and 25-23. This is the first time that Holy Cross has defeated Bucknell since Oct. 6, 2001, when the Crusaders won on the road by a score of 3-2. With the win, the Crusaders have won two out of their last three matches and improve to 4-19 overall (2-6 Patriot League), while the Bison fall to 8-12 (4-4 Patriot League). The Crusaders played an all-around team match as four players had at least eight kills and three players had nine digs.
Lynch now has a team-best 292 kills which puts her eighth on the Holy Cross all-time single-season kills list. She has posted double-digit kills 15 times this season, including five matches with 20 or more kills. Lynch also had nine digs. Junior setter Chelsey O'Donnell (Pittsburgh, Pa.) was also outstanding with 43 assists and nine digs, while senior Samantha Surface (Fresno, Calif.) had a strong match with eight kills and nine digs.
Junior Rebecca DeSanti (Hampden, Mass.) was on target all match as she recorded eight kills on 14 attempts with no errors for a .571 hitting percentage. Sophomore Kathleen Colpoys (Scituate, Mass.) also posted eight kills. Freshman Callie Black (Fallon, Nev.) recorded six kills, while freshman Elizabeth Watters (San Francisco, Calif.) had seven digs and junior libero Angela Chisholm (Millis, Mass.) had six digs.
Bucknell was led by Kaitlin Segal who recorded a double-double with 20 kills and 13 digs, while Allison Gittings posted 42 assists.
At the start of the first set, the Crusaders jumped out to a 10-3 lead. The Bison then won four straight points to make the score 10-7, but Holy Cross answered by taking five of the next six points to move out to a 15-8 advantage. With the Crusaders now up 23-16 and following a Bucknell timeout, Holy Cross won two straight points on kills by Lynch and Colpoys to secure the 25-16 victory. Lynch led the Crusaders with six kills for the set.
The second set was a thriller as Holy Cross won by a score of 29-27. With the Crusaders leading 24-19 and just one point away from winning the set, the Bison won six straight points to take a 25-24 lead. With the score now tied at 27-27, Holy Cross was able to earn the victory by winning the next two points including on a kill by Lynch on set point as she led the team with seven kills.
The Bison responded by taking the third set, 25-15. The Crusaders then won the match by winning the fourth set, 25-23. With Holy Cross leading 23-22, the Crusaders won two of next three points including the set and match winning kill by DeSanti. Lynch again led the team with seven kills.
The Crusaders return to action when they play a Patriot League match versus Colgate at the Holy Cross Field House on Saturday, Oct. 24 at 2:00 p.m. The Raiders (9-11 overall, 6-2 Patriot League), won the previous matchup between the two teams by a score of 3-2 on Sept. 25.