WORCESTER, Mass. – Sarah Frohnapfel and Kaitlynn Zoller each posted double-doubles for the Leopards as the Holy Cross volleyball team fell to Lafayette, 3-1, in Patriot League action at the Holy Cross Field House on Friday night by scores of 25-18, 25-20, 17-25 and 25-23. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 1-20 overall (1-5 PL), while the Leopards improve to 9-8 overall (2-4 PL).
Sophomore Hannah Grace Stokes (Atlanta, Ga.) tallied her fifth double-double of the season and the 14th of her career with 37 assists and 10 digs. Senior captain Megan Lynch (Mendham, N.J.) led the Crusaders with 15 kills and senior captain Elizabeth Watters (San Francisco, Calif.) led the team with 18 digs. Senior Callie Black (Fallon, Nev.) posted a team-best six blocks and also tallied eight kills. Black now has 192 career blocks which are sixth all-time at the school. Freshman Emily Oliver (Carlsbad, Calif.) recorded nine kills and sophomore Heather Roberts (San Jose, Calif.) had eight.
Frohnapfel posted 41 assists and 13 digs, while Zoller tallied 10 kills and 12 digs. Brianne Giangiobbe led the team with 12 kills and Lauren Pisauro had a team-best 19 digs. Four Leopards tallied double-digit digs as Karissa Ciliento had 11. Katy Rooney led the team with four blocks.
Lafayette won the first set by a 25-18 score as Giangiobbe led the Leopards with four kills. Oliver also posted four kills for the Crusaders. After the Leopards took the second set, 25-20, the Crusaders forced a fourth set by winning the third by a 25-17 score. With the Crusaders leading 17-14, Holy Cross then won eight of the next 11 points to secure the victory. Lynch led the Crusaders with seven kills and a .417 hitting percentage. With the Leopards leading the fourth set at 22-14, the Crusaders won seven straight points to cut the Lafayette lead to 22-21. After the Leopards took the next two points, the Crusaders won two straight to make it a 24-23 score. But Ciliento tallied a kill to give the Leopards the 25-23 match clinching fourth-set victory. Ciliento and Zoller each posted four kills for the set. Lynch led the Crusaders with four kills.
The Crusaders return to action when they take on Patriot League opponent Lehigh at the Holy Cross Field House on Saturday, Oct. 13 at 4:00 p.m. The match can be viewed on Crusader Vision.