Volleyball Defeated By Dartmouth, 3-1

Hannah Grace Stokes

WORCESTER, Mass. – The Big Green had three players record double-digit kills as the Holy Cross volleyball team fell to Dartmouth, 3-1, on Tuesday night by scores of 25-22, 23-25, 25-11 and 25-23, at the Holy Cross Field House. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 4-7 overall, while the Big Green improve to 5-3 overall.

Junior Megan Lynch (Mendham, N.J.) tallied her ninth double-double of the season and the 36th of her career with 11 kills and 12 digs, while freshman Hannah Grace Stokes (Atlanta, Ga.) posted her fifth double-double of the year with 30 assists and 11 digs. Junior Elizabeth Watters (San Francisco, Calif.) secured 21 digs to lead the Crusaders, while senior Kathleen Colpoys (Scituate, Mass.) ranked first on the team with six blocks. Colpoys also was solid offensively with nine kills. The Crusaders had four players earn double-digit digs as freshman Alicia Swearingen (Springdale, Ark.) added 11.

The Big Green were led by Alex Schoenberger who tallied 20 kills and Alissa Santa Maria who posted 40 assists. Madeline Baird was outstanding as she recorded a double-double with 17 kills and 15 digs, while Annie Villanueva was strong with 15 kills and a team-best .609 hitting percentage. Amber Bryant led the team with 29 digs.

With the first set tied at 18-18, the Big Green then took seven of next 11 points, including a kill by Schoenberger to clinch the 25-22 opening-frame win. Lynch led the Crusaders with six kills, while Baird was strong for the Big Green with nine kills. Holy Cross bounced back to win the second set by a 25-23 score. With the Crusaders trailing 17-12, they then won eight of the next 11 points to tie the set at 20-20. With the Crusaders now leading 24-23, Colpoys secured the victory with a kill. Colpoys and Lynch each tallied four kills in the set, while Schoenberger posted seven. The Big Green dominated the third set as they recorded an outstanding .400 hitting percentage with Villanueva leading the way with six kills for the 25-11 victory. The Crusaders just missed forcing a fifth-set as the Big Green won the last two points of the fourth with kills by Baird and Elisa Scudder for the match-clinching 25-23 win. Schoenberger led the Big Green with seven kills and Colpoys recorded four for the Crusaders. The Crusaders are now 2-2 at the Holy Cross Field House this season.   

The Crusaders return to action when they compete at the Harvard Invitational on Sept. 16-17. On Friday, Holy Cross will play Harvard (7:00 p.m.), while on Saturday the Crusaders will meet Patriot League opponent Navy (10:00 a.m.) in a non-conference contest and Northeastern (4:00 p.m.).