Volleyball Falls To New Hampshire, 3-1

Liz Ashton

WORCESTER, Mass. – Four players recorded double-digit kills for the Wildcats as the Holy Cross volleyball team fell to New Hampshire, 3-1, by scores of 21-25, 25-11, 25-19 and 25-23 in non-conference action at the Holy Cross Field House on Wednesday night. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 7-19 overall, while the Wildcats improve to 8-16 overall.

Junior Megan Lynch (Mendham, N.J.) and freshman Hannah Grace Stokes (Atlanta, Ga.) each posted double-doubles. Lynch recorded 13 kills and 11 digs for her 18th double-double of the season and the 45th of her career, while Stokes tallied 39 assists and 10 digs for her third straight double-double and ninth of the season. Junior Elizabeth Watters (San Francisco, Calif.) led the Crusaders with 19 digs, while junior Liz Ashton (Milford, Mass.) led the team with four blocks and a team-best .333 hitting percentage. Ashton tallied six kills with only two errors on 12 attempts. Freshman Alicia Swearingen (Springdale, Ark.) notched 12 kills and freshman Julia Gould (Ridgewood, N.J.) picked up 10 digs.

New Hampshire was led by Amy Keding who recorded a double-double with 16 kills and 19 digs, while Jansan Falcusan also posted a double-double with 47 assists and 16 digs. Lauren Laquerre tallied a double with 13 kills and 10 digs. Delaney Dameron recorded 10 kills and led the team with five blocks. Jessy Dick posted 11 kills. Sam Henke led the team with 24 digs.

With the Crusaders leading the first set by a 21-19 score, they then took four of the next six points, including a kill by freshman Layne Hubbard (Austin, Texas) on set point for a 25-21 win. Lynch led the Crusaders with four kills in the set. The Wildcats controlled the second set by winning 25-11 as Laquerre led UNH with seven kills. With the Wildcats leading 19-18 in the third set, they then won six of the next seven points including the last five for a 25-19 victory. Swearingen led the Crusaders with four kills. With the fourth set tied at 23-23, Dameron and Dick closed out the match as they each posted a kill for a 25-23 win. Swearingen recorded a team-best seven kills, while Keding also notched seven kills for UNH.    

The Crusaders return to action when they travel to West Point, N.Y. to meet Patriot League opponent Army on Sunday, Oct. 30 at 1:00 p.m., at the Gillis Field House.