M.C. Magner
Holy Cross Athletics
Holy Cross Athletics
M.C. Magner

Volleyball Falls to St. John's in Season Opener

Holy Cross Athletics   08-25-2017
Stat Comparison
Category HC SJ
Set Score 0 3
Kills 36 45
Digs 56 55
Blocks 3 8
Assists 36 44
Attack % .177 .269

The Holy Cross volleyball team was defeated 3-0 in the season opener against St. John’s at the Jack Kaiser Classic. Twelve freshmen joined the team this year, so the Crusaders’ coaching staff looked to see how the young players would compete together in this opening match.

The Crusaders lost a hard-fought first set 22-25 despite leading 8-5. Freshman outside hitter Katie Kerins came out firing with 10 kills halfway through the second set. She helped the Crusaders’ push an 18-13 lead in the second set after three straight kills, but St. John’s was able to recapture the lead and win the set 27-25. Gaining momentum after the second set, St. John’s came out attacking hard in the third and took the last set 25-13.

Despite the loss, the Crusaders had numerous high points during the match including a breakout performance from Kerins, who finished the match with 21 kills and a .333 hitting percentage. Freshman Sophie VanSeveren also had a strong debut for the Crusaders, tallying 23 digs in her firs career match.

INSIDE THE NUMBERS                                              

  • With 21 kills, Kerins notched 58% of total kills for the Crusaders who had 36.
  • Freshman setter Rachel Harding had 18 assists during her season debut.
  • Senior Julia Cast led St. John’s with 14 kills and .324 hitting percentage.


  • The Crusaders will continue with tournament play as they take on defending American East Regular Season Champions New Hampshire Aug 25 at 4:00 p.m. The tournament will conclude Aug. 26 and the Crusaders will play against Sacramento State at 12:00 p.m.




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