WORCESTER, Mass. – With the Friars leading 2-1, the Crusaders answered by taking the last two sets as the Holy Cross volleyball team defeated Providence, 3-2, in a thrilling match at the Holy Cross Field House, on Wednesday night by scores of 24-26, 25-23, 12-25, 25-13 and 15-11. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 2-1 overall, while the Friars fall to 2-3 overall. This is Holy Cross' first victory over the Friars since Sept. 14, 2005, as Providence had won eight straight matches in the series.
Junior Megan Lynch (Mendham, N.J.) recorded a double-double with 19 kills and 15 digs, while freshman Hannah Grace Stokes (Atlanta, Ga.) also tallied a double-double with 43 assists and 14 digs. Lynch and Stokes have registered double-doubles in all three matches so far this season. Senior Kathleen Colpoys (Scituate, Mass.) had a strong match with 11 kills and a .444 hitting percentage, while junior Elizabeth Watters (San Francisco, Calif.) led the Crusaders with 21 digs. Freshman Alicia Swearingen (Springdale, Ark.) tallied eight kills and junior Callie Black (Fallon, Nev.) led the team with six total blocks.
Providence was led by Carly Morrison who recorded a double-double with 28 assists and 12 digs. Lauren Fletcher led the Friars with 15 kills.
The Crusaders dropped the first set by a 26-24 score as Swearingen and Lynch each tallied five kills. With Holy Cross trailing 24-22, the Crusaders won two straight points including on a kill by Swearingen to tie the set at 24-24. But the Friars closed out the frame with kills by Anna Russian and Lauren Hendel. Holy Cross bounced back to secure the second set by a 25-23 score as Black led the way with four kills. With the set tied at 22-22, the Crusaders won three of next four points including the winning point on a kill by freshman Heather Roberts (San Jose, Calif.). After falling by a 25-12 score in the third set, Holy Cross answered right back with an impressive 25-13 victory in the fourth led by Lynch's five kills to force a fifth and final set. With the final frame tied at 5-5, the Crusaders won six consecutive points including three straight kills by Lynch to move out to an 11-5 advantage. But Providence rallied to take six of the next eight points to make the score 13-11. But after a Holy Cross timeout, sophomore Alex Aycock (Jonesboro, Ark.) recorded a kill and then freshman Kamele Shizuru (Kailua, Hawaii) tallied her first collegiate kill to give the Crusaders the five-set win. Lynch was big again with a team-best five kills in the final set.
The Crusaders return to action when they compete at the Connecticut Invitational in Storrs, Conn., on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 2-3. On Friday, Holy Cross will play tournament host UConn (7:30 p.m.), while on Saturday the Crusaders will meet Binghamton (10:00 a.m.) and Howard (5:00 p.m.).