NEW BRITAIN, Conn. – Senior Megan Lynch (Mendham, N.J.) set a new school record for career kills as she posted 15 giving her 1,257 for her career in the Holy Cross volleyball team's 3-1 loss to Brown at the Central Connecticut Invitational at Detrick Gym on Friday evening by scores of 25-19, 25-22, 21-25 and 25-14. Lynch, who entered the match needing five kills to set the record, totaled six in the first set. The previous record was 1,246 set by Christine Strawson (2004-2007). With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 0-4 overall, while the Bears start the season 1-0 overall. The Crusaders will return to action in the tournament on Saturday, Sept. 1, when they meet Central Connecticut at 1:00 p.m. and St. John's at 3:30 p.m.
Senior Elizabeth Watters (San Francisco, Calif.) was outstanding defensively with 24 digs. She now has 975 career digs. Freshman Emily Oliver (Carlsbad, Calif.) was impressive with 12 kills and a .423 hitting percentage. Sophomore Hannah Grace Stokes (Atlanta, Ga.) posted 32 assists, while sophomore Julia Gould (Ridgewood, N.J.) recorded 10 digs. Sophomores Mary-Kate Short (Lighthouse Point, Fla.) and Alicia Swearingen (Springdale, Ark.) were strong at net as Short posted a career-best six blocks and Swearingen had a career-best five blocks.
The Bears had three players with double-digit kills. Emma Pastore posted 18, while Maddie Lord and Thea Derrough each tallied 13. Lord also posted a double-double with 14 digs. Alexandra Rieckhoff tallied 35 assists and Kathryn Conner had 25 digs.
With Brown leading 19-17 in the opening set, Lynch set the school record for career kills with her fifth kill of the set giving her 1,247 for her career. The Bears would win six of the last seven points for the 25-19 first-set win. Lynch led the Crusaders with six kills for the set. Brown took the second set by a 25-22 score as the Bears were led by Pastore who tallied six kills. Oliver led the Crusaders with five kills. With the third set tied at 14-14, the Crusaders won six of the next eight points to move out to a 20-16 advantage. With the Crusaders leading 24-21, Lynch secured the 25-21 third-set victory with a kill. The Bears clinched the victory with a 25-14 win in the fourth set as they were led by Pastore who posted six kills.