WORCESTER, Mass. – Freshman Hannah Grace Stokes (Atlanta, Ga.) recorded her eighth double-double of the season and junior Megan Lynch (Mendham, N.J.) led the Crusaders with 13 kills as the Holy Cross volleyball team defeated Lafayette, 3-0, by scores of 25-19, 26-24 and 25-14 in Patriot League action at the Holy Cross Field House on Saturday afternoon. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 7-18 overall (3-6 Patriot League), while the Leopards fall to 8-13 overall (1-8 Patriot League). The Crusaders sweep the season series over the Leopards as Holy Cross also won by a 3-0 score on the road on Sept. 23.
Stokes posted her second straight double-double as she notched 29 assists and a team-best 14 digs. Junior Liz Ashton (Milford, Mass.) tallied a strong performance as she led the team with five blocks and also with a .417 hitting percentage. Ashton notched seven kills with only two errors on 12 attempts. Senior Kathleen Colpoys (Scituate, Mass.) recorded three blocks giving her 201 for her career. Her 201 blocks are fifth all-time at the school. Freshman Layne Hubbard (Austin, Texas) posted eight kills and junior Elizabeth Watters (San Francisco, Calif.) posted 10 digs.
Lafayette was led by Molly Belcher who just missed a double-double with 25 assists and nine digs. Kaitlynn Zoller recorded 11 kills to lead the Leopards.
Lynch led the Crusaders with four kills in the 25-19 first set victory. With the Crusaders trailing 24-23 in the second set and facing a set point, Ashton recorded a kill to tie the set. Following a Lafayette timeout, the Leopards hit an attack error and then Ashton posted another kill to give the Crusaders the key 26-24 win. Lynch again was strong with a team-best seven kills in the set. The Crusaders controlled the third set winning by a 25-14 margin.
The Crusaders return to action when they play New Hampshire at the Holy Cross Field House on Wednesday, Oct. 26 at 6:00 p.m.
The matches versus Lehigh and Lafayette on Friday and Saturday were a part of "Pink for a Purpose" as the Crusaders are raising money for Pink Revolution. To make a donation go to http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/HCVB/pink-for-a-purpose. PINK Revolution is an alliance of dedicated individuals with a unified commitment to those touched by breast cancer. Its mission is to support early detection and prevention strategies, fund clinical research advancements and promote survivorship programs in Central Mass. through its affiliation with the UMass Memorial Comprehensive Breast Center.