Volleyball Tallies 3-1 Win Over Colgate In Season-Finale

Senior Class (Katie Slusarz & Kathleen Colpoys)

Video: Senior Day Ceremony

WORCESTER, Mass. – Junior Megan Lynch (Mendham, N.J.) recorded a double-double with 21 kills and 11 digs as the Holy Cross volleyball team defeated Colgate, 3-1, by scores of 25-16, 25-20, 19-25 and 25-20 in Patriot League action at the Holy Cross Field House on Saturday afternoon on Senior Day. With the win, the Crusaders conclude the season 10-21 overall (6-8 Patriot League), while the Raiders fall to 12-17 overall (8-6 Patriot League) and will play in the Patriot League Tournament as the No. 4 seed in the semifinals on Nov. 19.

This was the first win by the Crusaders over the Raiders since a 3-0 victory on Nov. 12, 2004 as Colgate had won 13 straight in the series. The Crusaders' six Patriot League wins tie their most ever as they went 6-8 in 2004 and 6-6 in 2000. Holy Cross' fifth place finish in the league is its best since placing in fifth in 2004. The Crusaders concluded the season with three straight Patriot League victories. This is the first time they have won three straight league matches since winning four in row in the 2000 season.   

Lynch's double-double was her 20th of the season and the 47th of her career. She concludes the season with 405 kills which are second all-time at the school behind her own record of 442 in 2010. She is the only player in program history to record over 400 kills in a season. Junior Elizabeth Watters (San Francisco, Calif.) led the team with 14 digs. Her 404 digs this season are fourth all-time and her 3.88 digs per set are second. Freshman Alicia Swearingen (Springdale, Ark.) recorded a season-best 16 kills, while senior Kathleen Colpoys (Scituate, Mass.) notched 10 kill. Freshman Hannah Grace Stokes (Atlanta, Ga.) posted 48 assists, while junior Liz Ashton (Milford, Mass.) recorded nine kills with a team-best .667 hitting percentage, while freshman Julia Gould (Ridgewood, N.J.) posted 10 digs.

The Raiders were led by Michelle McCarthy who posted 10 kills and Kaylee Fifer who tallied 36 assists. Caitlin Cremin notched 10 digs.

The Crusaders controlled the first set winning 25-16. Swearingen led the Crusaders with six kills in the set. With Holy Cross leading by a 22-20 score in the second set, the Crusaders won the next three points for a 25-20 victory. Lynch led the way with five kills. The Raiders responded by forcing a fourth set with a 25-19 third-set win. With the Crusaders leading 24-17 in the fourth frame, the Raiders fought off three straight match points to make the score 24-20. But Colpoys gave the Crusaders the 25-20 match clinching win with a kill on the last point of her career. Lynch led the team with four kills in the set. The Crusaders went 6-6 at the Holy Cross Field House this season.

Before the match Colpoys and team manager Katie Slusarz (Canton, Mass.) were honored for their four years of dedication to the volleyball program. This year's senior class was a part of 28 wins during their career which are the most by a senior class since the 2005 class posted 29 victories. This class has also been a major contributor in pointing the program in a positive direction as the 22 wins over the last two years are the most in a two-year period at the school in 10 years.

Slusarz has been a key contributor to the Holy Cross volleyball program as a team manager. After playing on the team as a freshman, Slusarz showed her dedication to the program by serving as a team manager for the past three seasons. Slusarz has been a great help in scouting, video streaming, assisting with practice, keeping stats and organizing travel plans. 

Colpoys had an outstanding four-year career. She is the first Crusader to record over 700 kills and 200 blocks. Colpoys' 214 career blocks are fourth all-time at the school and her 755 career kills are seventh. She is just one of four Crusaders to record over 200 kills in three straight seasons over the last 10 years. This season she was named to the Beanpot Classic All-Tournament team and has a career-best 81 blocks which are sixth all-time for a season in program history. Colpoys has been one of the most efficient and accurate offensive players in program history as her .236 career hitting percentage is second all-time.