SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Junior Megan Lynch (Mendham, N.J.) posted her seventh double-double of the season and the 34th of her career with 15 kills and 14 digs as the Holy Cross volleyball team defeated Maryland-Eastern Shore, 3-0, on Saturday morning by scores of 27-25, 25-23 and 25-20, at the Bryant Invitational. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 4-5 overall, while the Hawks fall to 2-4 overall. The Crusaders' 4-5 record is their best after the first nine matches of a season since also going 4-5 in 2002.
Junior Elizabeth Watters (San Francisco, Calif.) led the Crusaders with 15 digs, while junior Callie Black (Fallon, Nev.) led the team with five blocks. Freshmen Hannah Grace Stokes (Atlanta, Ga.), Layne Hubbard (Austin, Texas) and Alicia Swearingen (Springdale, Ark.) all had strong matches. Stokes recorded 30 assists, Hubbard tallied eight kills and nine digs, and Swearingen posted double-digit digs for the first time this season with 12.
Maryland-Eastern Shore was led by Saitaua Iosia who recorded a double-double with 13 kills and 17 digs. Jessica Vicic posted 41 assists, Maline Vaitai tallied 13 kills and Rebecca Prado earned 21 digs.
With the first set tied at 25-25, senior Kathleen Colpoys (Scituate, Mass.) gave the Crusaders a set-point with a kill and then the Crusaders took the set on an attack error by the Hawks. Lynch led the team with six kills. The second frame was also very close. With the set tied at 18-18, the Crusaders then won seven of the last 12 points to earn the 25-23 victory. Lynch was also strong in the second set with a team-best six kills. The third set was also tied at 18-18, but this time Holy Cross won seven of the next nine points including a kill by Stokes on match-point for the 25-20 win. Hubbard led the Crusaders with four kills in the final set.
The Crusaders conclude action at the Bryant Invitational in Smithfield, R.I., on Saturday, Sept. 10, when they play tournament host Bryant at 7:00 p.m.