Volleyball Starts Patriot League Season With 3-0 Win At Lafayette

Megan Lynch

EASTON, Pa. – Junior Megan Lynch (Mendham, N.J.) recorded her 1,000th career kill as the Holy Cross volleyball team defeated Lafayette, 3-0, by scores of 25-23, 25-22 and 25-21 at the Kirby Sports Center on Friday night in the Patriot League season-opener for both teams. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 5-11 overall (1-0 Patriot League), while the Leopards fall to 7-6 overall (0-1 Patriot League). This is the second straight year and also only the second time since the formation of the Patriot League in 1990 that the Crusaders have begun the Patriot League season with a 1-0 record.

Lynch, who posted 12 kills and now has 1,004 for her career, is only the third player in program history to record 1,000 career kills. She is also the first to reach 1,000 kills as a junior. Christine Strawson recorded 1,246 kills from 2004-2007 and Caitlin Agostinacchio tallied 1,063 from 2001-2004. Lynch also tallied 12 digs giving her 12 double-doubles this season and 39 for her career.

Senior Kathleen Colpoys (Scituate, Mass.) was outstanding with 13 kills to lead the Crusaders, while junior Elizabeth Watters (San Francisco, Calif.) recorded a team-best 14 digs. Freshman Hannah Grace Stokes (Atlanta, Ga.) posted 31 assists and also recorded a team-leading .600 hitting percentage as she tallied seven kills with only one error on 10 attempts. Senior Callie Black (Fallon, Nev.) led the team with four blocks, while freshman Layne Hubbard (Austin, Texas) notched seven kills and freshman Alicia Swearingen (Springdale, Ark.) picked up 11 digs.

Lafayette was led by Karissa Ciliento and Kaitlynn Zoller who each tallied nine kills. Sarah Frohnapfel posted 27 assists.

With Lafayette leading the first set by a 19-16 score, the Crusaders won three straight points, including kills by Stokes and Hubbard. With the score now tied at 21-21, Holy Cross then took four of the last six points including a kill by Colpoys on set-point for the 25-23 victory. Lynch led the Crusaders with four kills. Colpoys also clinched the second set with a kill to give the Crusaders a 25-22 win. Colpoys and Lynch each tallied three kills in the set. With the Crusaders trailing 2-0 in the third, Lynch recorded her 1,000th career kill. With Lafayette losing 19-14, the Leopards responded by winning five straight points to tie the set at 19-19. But the Crusaders took six of the final eight points, including Colpoys' third straight kill on a set-point to earn the 25-21 win and the sweep of the match. The Crusaders won three of the last four points as they were all on kills by Colpoys as she posted seven kills in the set and Lynch recorded five.   

The Crusaders return to action when they play Lehigh on Saturday, Sept. 24 at 4:00 p.m.