EASTON, Pa. – Lafayette players Brianne Giangiobbe and Katy Rooney tallied 11 and 10 kills, respectively, as the Holy Cross volleyball team was defeated by the Leopards, 3-0, on Friday evening in Patriot League action at the Kirby Sports Center by scores of 25-17, 25-21 and 25-20. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 7-20 overall (2-13 PL), while the Leopards advance to 11-15 on the season (3-12 PL).
Holy Cross senior Alex Aycock (Jonesboro, Ark.) led the Crusaders with 10 kills, while freshman Katie McKernan (Sylvania, Ohio) totaled a team-best 24 assists to go along with nine kills and seven digs. Junior Hannah Grace Stokes (Atlanta, Ga.) and freshman Emily Popp (Clarkston, Mich.) registered 17 and 16 digs, respectively. Popp is currently ranked first all-time in a season with 4.60 digs per set. She also moves into third on the single-season list with 419 digs in a season, 23 away from first place. Lafayette's Lauren Pisauro recorded a match best 26 digs, while Samantha Volk tallied 32 assists, which also was a match high.
In the first set, Holy Cross jumped out to the 9-6 lead on an attacking error by the Leopards, but Lafayette would rally and go on a 7-2 rally to gain the 13-11 advantage. After Holy Cross knotted the match at 13-13, the Leopards went on an 8-2 run to gain the 21-15 lead. The Leopards would end the set on a 4-2 spurt to claim the 25-17 first set victory.
The Crusaders again grabbed the early lead in the second set, as they were on top 8-6, but a 6-1 run by Lafayette gave it the 12-9 edge. Holy Cross would get back into the match as it tied the score at 19-19, but the Leopards responded with four straight points to gain the 23-19 lead and eventually earn the 25-21 set win.
Lafayette went ahead 8-3 in the third and final set of the evening, but the Crusaders countered with an 8-3 run of their own to knot the score at 11-11. Holy Cross claimed the 14-12 lead, but the Leopards went on a 6-1 run to gain the 18-15 advantage. The Crusaders would cut the deficit to one point (20-19), but Lafayette ended the match on a 5-1 run to claim the 25-20 victory in the third set.
The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, Nov. 16, when they conclude the season versus Navy in Annapolis, Md., at 12:00 p.m.
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