WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior Megan Lynch (Mendham, N.J.) totaled 11 kills, but the Holy Cross volleyball team fell to Alabama, 3-0, in the first match of the Beanpot Classic at the Holy Cross Field House on Friday, in the season-opener for both teams by scores of 25-20, 25-15 and 25-16. With the loss, the Crusaders start the season 0-1 overall, while the Crimson Tide kick off the season 1-0 overall. The tournament continues for the Crusaders at 7:00 p.m. when they take on Sacred Heart. Alabama will play Northeastern at 4:00 p.m.
With her 11 kills, Lynch now has 1,229 career kills and is 18 away from setting a new school record. Sophomore Alicia Swearingen (Springdale, Ark.) tallied seven kills, while sophomore setter Hannah Grace Stokes (Atlanta, Ga.) posted 22 assists and eight digs. Junior Alex Aycock (Jonesboro, Ark.) and sophomore Mary-Kate Short (Lighthouse Point, Fla.) each recorded three blocks, while Short led the team with two service aces. Short also tallied a career-best five kills.
The Crimson Tide were led by Kayla Fitterer who posted 10 kills, while Sierra Wilson had a strong match in her collegiate debut with 32 assists, nine digs and three blocks. She also tallied four kills on six attempts for a .667 hitting percentage. Yukie Futami led the team with 13 digs, while Leigh Moyer tied for team-lead with three blocks.
With the first set tied at 18-18, the Crimson Tide then won seven of the last nine points to secure the 25-20 opening set win. Pricilla Duke-Ezeji led Alabama with six kills in the set including two on the last two points of the set. Lynch led the Crusaders with four kills. Alabama won the second set by a 25-15 score as the Crimson Tide tallied a .385 hitting percentage. Alabama then closed out the match with a 25-16 third set victory.