WORCESTER, Mass. – Ariana Mankus led the Black Knights with 12 kills as the Holy Cross volleyball team fell to Army, 3-0, in Patriot League action at the Holy Cross Field House on Saturday afternoon on Senior Day by scores of 25-22, 25-14 and 25-15. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 2-24 overall (1-9 PL), while the Black Knights improve to 17-7 overall (8-2 PL).
Senior Callie Black (Fallon, Nev.) led the team with two blocks giving her 201 for career. She is only the sixth player in program history to post 200 career blocks. Freshman Emily Oliver (Carlsbad, Calif.) led the Crusaders with nine kills, while senior captain Megan Lynch (Mendham, N.J.) posted six kills. Junior Christiana Blakeslee (Ashtabula, Ohio) tallied 21 assists and eight digs.
Margaux Jarka tallied 10 kills for the Black Knights, while Mary Vaccaro posted 26 assists and nine digs. Zoe Kreitenberg and Molly McDonald each totaled four blocks, while D.J. Phee led the team with 16 digs.
With the Black Knights leading the first set 24-20, the Crusaders then took two straight points, but Mankus tallied a kill for the 25-22 win. Jarka led the Black Knights with five kills, while Oliver also had five kills for the Crusaders. Mankus led Army to a 25-14 second set win with six kills. The Black Knights then secured the 3-0 win with a 25-15 victory in the third set. Mankus, Jarka and McDonald each posted three kills.
The Crusaders return to action when they play Patriot League opponent Bucknell on Friday, Nov. 2, in Lewisburg, Pa., at 7:00 p.m. The Crusaders will then travel to Hamilton, N.Y., on Saturday, Nov. 3, for a match versus PL opponent Colgate at 3:00 p.m.
Before today's match, seniors Liz Ashton (Milford, Mass.), Black, Lynch and captain Elizabeth Watters (San Francisco, Calif.) were be honored before the match for their dedication to the team-on and off the court-over the past four years.
Ashton has been a major contributor to the program over the last four years. On the court she has been strong at the net with 100 career blocks. Ashton led the team in blocks per set in 2010. She also has 201 career kills. Ashton has demonstrated her strong leadership skills as she is a two-year member of the Holy Cross Leadership Academy. Ashton has also been successful in the classroom as she has been named to the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll twice.
Black has had an outstanding four-year career. She has been a force at the net as her 201 career blocks rank sixth all-time in program history. Black also has 345 career kills. She was named to the UConn Invitational All-Tournament team in 2011, and won the team's Iron Crusader Award and Raising the Bar Award. Black is a two-year member of the Holy Cross Leadership Academy and earned 2011 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll honors.
Lynch has had one of the greatest careers in the history of the program. She is the only player in school history to post over 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs. Lynch holds the program's career kills record with 1,442. She is also seventh all-time with 1,084 career digs. Lynch has 49 career double-doubles and has three of the top four single-season kills performances in program history. Her 442 kills in 2010 is the school record. Lynch has earned second team All-Patriot League honors three times. She is a two-year captain and a two-year member of the Holy Cross Leadership Academy. Lynch has also been outstanding in the classroom as she is a two-time member of the Patriot League All-Academic team and a three-time member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.
Watters has had an outstanding career on the court and as a leader of the team. Watters, who is a two-year captain, is one of the best defensive players in the history of the program as her 1,259 career digs are third all-time. Her 3.88 digs per set in 2011 are second all-time in school history. Also this season she was named to the Holly Young Invitational All-Tournament team. Watters has been strong in the classroom as she was named to the 2011 Patriot League All-Academic team and is a three-time member of the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll. Watters is also a two-year member of the Holy Cross Leadership Academy and is on the executive board of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee.