WORCESTER, Mass. – Sophomore Megan Lynch (Mendham, N.J.) recorded 15 kills, senior setter Chelsey O'Donnell (Pittsburgh, Pa.) tallied 35 assists and senior libero Angela Chisholm (Millis, Mass.) had 15 digs as the Holy Cross volleyball team defeated Harvard, 3-0, on Tuesday evening at the Holy Cross Field House by scores of 25-23, 25-20 and 28-26. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 5-8 overall, while the Crimson fall to 2-6 overall. This was Holy Cross' first victory over Harvard since the 1993 season as the Crimson had won 15 straight over the Crusaders entering tonight's match. Holy Cross' 5-8 record is its best record after 13 matches since the 2001 season.
Lynch and O'Donnell also each had nine digs. Lynch has now recorded 11 double-digit kills performances this season, while Chisholm has eight double-digit digs performances. Junior Kathleen Colpoys (Scituate, Mass.) reached double-digit kills for the fourth time this season with 10, while sophomore Elizabeth Watters (San Francisco, Calif.) had double-digit digs for the seventh time this season with 11.
Harvard was led by Taylor Docter who recorded a double-double with 10 kills and 12 digs, while Natalie Doyle tallied 36 assists. Christine Wu led Harvard with 16 digs.
After trailing 8-2 in the first set, the Crusaders won nine of the next 12 points to tie the set at 11-11. With the score now tied at 23-23, Colpoys recorded a kill and then senior Rebecca DeSanti (Hampden, Mass.) tallied her team-best fifth kill of the set to give Holy Cross the first set victory. With the Crusaders trailing by an 11-4 score in the second set, they followed a timeout by winning nine of the next 11 points to tie the set at 13-13. With the set now tied at 17-17, the Crusaders took eight of 11 points to secure the 25-20 victory. The Crusaders also came back in the third set as they trailed 20-16. With the set tied at 23-23, freshman Alex Aycock (Jonesboro, Ark.) earned a kill to give Holy Cross a match point, but a kill by Sandra Fryhofer tied the set at 24-24. With Harvard now leading and with a set point at 26-25, Lynch recorded her team-leading sixth kill of the set to make it a 26-26 score. After a kill by sophomore Liz Ashton (Milford, Mass.), the Crusaders forced a Harvard error to win the set and the match. This was the third 3-0 victory for the Crusaders this season.
The Crusaders return to action when they compete at the Brown Invitational on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 17-18. Holy Cross will play Brown on Friday at 7:30 p.m., while on Saturday the Crusaders will take on Boston College at noon and Rhode Island at 5:00 p.m.