Shamley's 17 Kills Not Enough Against the Bulldogs
WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross volleyball team lost a four-set thriller against the undefeated Drake Bulldogs, 3-1, on Friday, Aug. 31. Freshman Johnna Shamley recorded a season-best 17 kills and 10 digs for her second double-double in four matches. Freshman outside hitter Regan Wright notched 10 kills and 15 digs for her second double-double of the season. Wright also recorded six aces, which is a season-best.
First Set: The Bulldogs jumped to a quick 6-0 lead, but the Crusaders clawed their way back to tie the first set at 10-10. Shamley hit two kills and sophomore Shannon Dwyer and Wright hit one each to bring Holy Cross back into the set. The Crusaders were able to come within one point of the Bulldogs' lead, but Drake hung on and closed the set, 25-23.
Second Set: Holy Cross came out firing in the second set and gained a 6-2 lead on Drake. The set went back and fourth between the two teams and ended in extra points with Holy Cross winning, 26-24. Four different Crusaders had multiple kills in the second set to tie the match, 1-1.
Third Set: Drake led the entire third set until Holy Cross came back to tie the game, 19-19, with three kills in a row from Shamley. Drake's Elle Tubbs closed the third set for the Bulldogs with two kills in a row.
Fourth Set: The fourth set was also very close between the two teams with four ties in the last half of the set. Shamley's five kills in the fourth set were not enough to keep the Crusaders alive, however. Drake took the fourth set, 25-23, and the match, 3-1.
UP NEXT: The Crusaders will play two matches in the second day of the Holy Cross Invitational against URI and Columbia. Columbia is up first at 12 p.m. and URI will close the tournament against Holy Cross at 6 p.m.