WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior captain Megan Lynch (Mendham, N.J.) and sophomore Hannah Grace Stokes (Atlanta, Ga.) each posted double-doubles as three Crusaders tallied double-digit kills but the Holy Cross volleyball team fell to American, 3-2, in Patriot League action at the Holy Cross Field House on Friday night by scores of 25-19, 20-25, 23-25, 25-20 and 15-9. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 1-22 overall (1-7 PL), while the Eagles improve to 14-8 overall (5-3 PL).
Lynch led the Crusaders with a season-best 18 kills as she also totaled a season-best 16 digs for her 48th career double-double. Stokes posted her sixth double-double of the season and the 15th of her career with a season-best 46 assists and 13 digs. Senior captain Elizabeth Watters (San Francisco, Calif.) totaled 21 digs to lead the team as the Crusaders had three players with double-digit digs. Freshman Emily Oliver (Carlsbad, Calif.) tallied 12 kills, while sophomore Kamele Shizuru (Kailua, Hawaii) posted a career-best 10 kills. Senior Callie Black (Fallon, Nev.) led the Crusaders with three blocks as she also posted eight kills. Junior Christiana Blakeslee (Ashtabula, Ohio) led the team with three aces.
The Eagles were led by Juliana Crum who tallied a double-double with 14 kills and 15 digs. Sara Rishell led the team with 18 kills, while Morgan Hendrix posted 13 kills. Kelly McCaddin led the team with 32 assists, while Allison Cappellino had a team-best 21 digs. Hendrix led the Eagles with four blocks.
The Eagles took the first set by a 25-19 score as Rishell and Crum each tallied five kills. American posted a .333 hitting percentage. With the second set tied at 16-16, the Crusaders won nine of the last 13 points as Black posted a kill on set point for the 25-20 win. Holy Cross tallied a .312 hitting percentage for the set. With the third set tied at 22-22, Oliver gave the Crusaders the lead with a kill but a kill by Rishell tied the set at 23-23. After a service error by the Eagles, Stokes and Black gave the Crusaders the 25-23 win with a block. Lynch led the Crusaders with six kills, while Rishell also had six kills for the Eagles. Lynch tallied a .545 hitting percentage and the team had a .389 percentage. The Eagles took the fourth set, 25-20, to force a fifth and deciding set, as Sarah Katz posted four kills. After the Crusaders took a 5-2 lead in the fifth set, the Eagles won 13 of the next 17 points to earn the match-clinching 15-9 win.
The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, Oct. 20, when they take on Patriot League opponent Navy at the Holy Cross Field House at 4:00 p.m. The match can be viewed on Crusader Vision.
The matches this week are a part of the Crusaders' "Pink for a Purpose" event to support breast cancer awareness. To make a donation go to: https://www.firstgiving.com/ummf/HolyCrossPink-for-a-Purpose.