Volleyball Edges NJIT In Five-Set Thriller

Elizabeth Watters

POUGHKEEPSIE, N.Y. – Senior Rebecca DeSanti (Hampden, Mass.), senior setter Chelsey O'Donnell (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and sophomore Megan Lynch (Mendham, N.J.) each recorded double-doubles, and sophomore Elizabeth Watters (San Francisco, Calif.) tallied a career-best 30 digs, as the Holy Cross volleyball team defeated the New Jersey Institute of Technology, 3-2, on Saturday afternoon at the McCann Center on the campus of Marist by scores of 25-21, 25-17, 22-25, 20-25 and 17-15. With the win, the Crusaders continue their best start since the 2001 season with a 3-3 overall record, while the Highlanders fall to 1-4 overall. The Crusaders continue action tonight when they play Marist at 7:00 p.m.

Lynch posted a season-best 18 kills and also had 16 digs for her fourth double-double of the season and the 11th of her career, while O'Donnell tallied a season-best 46 assists and a season-best 18 digs for her second double-double of the season and the 21st of her career. DeSanti had a big match as she recorded her first career double-double with a season-best 12 kills and a career-best 12 digs, while she also had a career-best six service aces to lead all players. Junior Kathleen Colpoys (Scituate, Mass.) was very accurate on the day with 10 kills on 17 attempts with only one error for a team-best .529 hitting percentage. Sophomore Liz Ashton (Milford, Mass.) also had an outstanding match with a career-best 10 kills. Watters' 30 digs led all players and was a career-best performance.  

NJIT was led by Baaba Hughes who recorded 17 kills and 11 digs, while Janet Snell also posted a double-double with 12 kills and 17 digs. Anna Mercado tallied 40 assists and Audrey Snell had 18 digs.

After the Crusaders won the first two sets, NJIT bounced back and won the next two to force a fifth and deciding set. In the fifth set, Holy Cross jumped out to a 3-0 lead, but NJIT answered with three straight points to tie the set. With the set now tied at 10-10, NJIT moved out to a 12-10 advantage, but the Crusaders secured two consecutive points to make the score 12-12. NJIT then won two straight points to earn two match points. After the Crusaders fought off the first match point, Watters tied the set at 14-14 with a crucial service ace. With the set now tied at 15-15, Lynch recorded her 18th kill of the match and then senior Angela Chisholm (Millis, Mass.) clinched the victory with a service ace as the Crusaders won the set 17-15.