Volleyball Drops 3-1 Match To Loyola (Md.)

Katie McKernan

WORCESTER, Mass. – Freshman Katie McKernan (Sylvania, Ohio) tallied her eighth double-double of the season but the Holy Cross volleyball team fell to Loyola (Md.), 3-1, on Friday night in Patriot League action at the Holy Cross Field House by scores of 28-26, 25-19, 20-25 and 25-17. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 7-18 overall (2-11 PL), while the Greyhounds improve to 6-19 overall (3-10 PL).

McKernan just missed a triple-double with nine kills, 24 assists and 11 digs. Freshman Emily Popp (Clarkston, Mich.) tallied 26 digs. Her 4.60 digs per set are currently ranked first all-time for a season in program history, while her 391 digs are fifth all-time. Junior captain Mary-Kate Short (Lighthouse Point, Fla.) led the team with five blocks.     

The Greyhounds were led by Jac Bullock who tallied 23 kills, while Lauren Andersen posted a double-double with 38 assists and 14 digs. Kara Schiffer led the team with 25 digs and Mindy Maloney tallied five blocks.

With the Crusaders leading the first set by a 23-20 score, the Greyhounds then won four straight points to take a 24-23 lead. After a kill by freshman Natalie Welsch (Eden Prairie, Minn.) and an attack error by the Greyhounds gave the Crusaders a 25-24 advantage, Loyola tied the set at 25-25 after a service error by the Crusaders. Holy Cross earned a set point with another kill by Welsch, but the Greyhounds won the next three points to take the opening set, 28-26. With the second set tied at 15-15, the Greyhounds won 10 of the next 14 points for a 25-19 victory. The Crusaders won the third set by a 25-20 score as they won five of the last seven points after leading 20-18. After the Greyhounds moved out to a 20-4 lead in the fourth set, the Crusaders were able to cut the lead to 24-17, but Loyola was able to take the set 25-17 to win the match.

The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, Nov. 9, when they host Patriot League opponent American at the Holy Cross Field House at 4:00 p.m. for Senior Day. Senior Alex Aycock (Jonesboro, Ark.) will be honored before the match for her dedication to the team-on and off the court-over the past four years. 

Tonight the Crusaders held their second annual "Professor Appreciation Night." Each member of the team invited a professor to attend the match. The team implemented this tradition in order to recognize the superior work of these educators in forming connections with their students. 

Emily Popp on Professor Hupp: Professor Hupp is always hoping the best for her students. She teaches with patience and a smile. Students can see the passion she has for teaching which helps them want to learn. 

Alicia Swearingen
on Father Reiser:
Father Reiser is an excellent teacher that has helped me learn how to read and interpret the Bible in a much deeper and meaningful way. Through his Understanding Jesus course, I enjoyed seeing how he engages his students in class and how he has such a great understanding and love for what he is teaching.

Katie McKernan on Professor Paxson:
Professor Paxson is the professor that I am choosing for Professor Appreciation Night. Her classes are challenging yet very engaging. Her passion for biology has made me always look forward to going to class!

Hannah Grace Stokes
and Dana Weston on Professor Guijarro-Donadios:
Antonio Guijarro-Donadios is our Spanish teacher and is one of the most energetic, engaging professors we have had at Holy Cross. Both of us are beginning Spanish students, and his classes make us want to perform to our top potential. Muchas gracias Antonio!!

Shay Feeley
on Professor Little:
I am honoring my math professor, Professor Little. Professor Little's passion and enthusiasm in class makes everyday interesting, and I look forward to his class!  He is very helpful and patient in office hours and explains concepts  in different ways to make sure you understand!

Alex Aycock on Professor Locurto:
Professor Locurto is my professor for two psych classes this semester. Professor Locurto has challenging yet interesting classes. He is a professor that cares about his students, which is why he challenges them.

Natalie Welsch on Professor Damiano:
I am going to honor Professor Damiano. He is my multivariable calculus professor. I chose him because he is truly passionate about his subject and cares about each individual student. He is very helpful with questions and has helped me to decide what I will pursue in college.

Emily Oliver on Professor Knight: I absolutely love going to Professor Knight's class. Her obvious passion for literature is contagious and she makes the material enjoyable and fun to discuss.

Julia Gould
on Professor Ludden:
Professor Ludden is one of the most enthusiastic professors I have ever had. Psych of Adolescents is definitely my favorite class I have taken here. Her passion inspired me everyday to pursue my career with adolescent psychology.

Kamele Shizuru
on Father Kuzniewski:
Father Kuzniewski's passion for history is truly inspiring. He teaches history as if he was there and he makes learning so much fun!

Mary-Kate Short on Professor Axelson:
Professor Axelson has definitely been one of my favorite professors at Holy Cross so far. I had the pleasure of taking his introduction to psychology class which has led me to become a psychology major. Thank you for all your help, Professor Axelson!

Mandy Sifferlen
on Dr. Hess:
Everyday I look forward to her class because she creates a safe environment to explore your own opinions and thoughts. She really cares about her students and truly wants each of us to succeed.

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