WORCESTER, Mass. – After dropping the first two sets, the Crusaders won two straight to force a fifth and deciding set, but the comeback effort fell just short as the Holy Cross volleyball team fell to Hartford, 3-2, on Tuesday evening at the Holy Cross Field House by scores of 25-20, 26-24, 24-26, 18-25 and 15-13. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 3-6 overall, while the Hawks improve to 1-7 overall.
Senior libero Angela Chisholm (Millis, Mass.) was outstanding all night on defense as she tallied a career-best 33 digs. Her previous career best was 30 digs versus Brown on Sept. 18, 2009. Chisholm now has 825 career digs which are sixth all-time at Holy Cross. Sophomore Megan Lynch (Mendham, N.J.) had a huge match with a season-best 21 kills, while she also had 16 digs to record her sixth double-double of the season and the 13th of her career. This was the sixth time in her career she has tallied at least 20 kills in a match. Senior setter Chelsey O'Donnell (Pittsburgh, Pa.) was also impressive as she earned her fourth double-double of the season and the 23rd of her career with 44 assists and a season-best 19 digs. She also had a season-best seven kills. Sophomore Callie Black (Fallon, Nev.) led the Crusaders with a season-best four blocks, while freshman Alex Aycock (Jonesboro, Ark.) and senior Rebecca DeSanti (Hampden, Mass.) each recorded eight kills. Black also chipped in with a season-best six kills.
The Hawks had four players with double-doubles as they were led by Kami Nethersole who had 21 kills and 17 digs, while Lindsay Ford recorded 60 assists and 22 digs. Dionna Kirton tallied 15 kills and 15 digs, while Sydney Scott recorded 10 kills and 13 digs.
After the Hawks won the first two sets by scores of 25-20 and 26-24, the Crusaders bounced back to win the next two sets by scores of 26-24 and 25-18. With Holy Cross leading the fifth set, 11-7, the Hawks won four straight points to tie the set at 11-11. With the set now tied at 13-13, Nethersole recorded a kill to earn a match point. The Hawks then clinched the victory with an ace by Ford to win the fifth set by a 15-13 score.
The Crusaders return to action on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 10-11, when they compete at the Bryant Invitational. Holy Cross will play Boston College on Friday at 6:00 p.m., while on Saturday the Crusaders will take on Bryant at noon and Manhattan at 5:00 p.m. Holy Cross defeated Boston College by a 3-0 score in the season-opener for both teams on Aug. 27.