September 30, 2011

Volleyball Sweeps Navy, 3-0

Video: Match-Point & Interview With Hannah Grace Stokes

WORCESTER, Mass. – Junior Megan Lynch (Mendham, N.J.) recorded a double-double with 16 kills and 13 digs as the Holy Cross volleyball team defeated Navy, 3-0, by scores of 25-22, 25-22 and 25-23 in Patriot League action at the Holy Cross Field House on Friday night. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 6-12 overall (2-1 Patriot League), while the Midshipmen fall to 6-12 overall (1-2 Patriot League). The Crusaders, who previously lost to the Mids in a non-conference match this season at the Harvard Invitational, have now won five straight conference contests versus Navy. The Crusaders' 2-1 record equals their best start to a Patriot League season. Last year is the only other time that they have started 2-1.

Lynch averaged a stellar 5.33 kills and 4.33 digs per set as she posted her 13th double-double of the season and the 40th of her career. Junior Elizabeth Watters (San Francisco, Calif.) led the Crusaders with 14 digs, while freshman Hannah Grace Stokes (Atlanta, Ga.) tallied 27 assists. Stokes also recorded six kills and a team-best .364 hitting percentage, while she tied for the team-lead with three blocks with senior Kathleen Colpoys (Scituate, Mass.). Colpoys was also strong offensively with eight kills and a .353 hitting percentage. Freshman Layne Hubbard (Austin, Texas) posted five kills and freshman Alicia Swearingen (Springdale, Ark.) just missed double-digits with nine digs.

Navy was led by Carolyn Ewert who recorded eight kills and Erin Fortner who posted 16 assists. Holly Berger tallied 16 digs and Maida Kalic' notched four blocks.

With the Crusaders leading the first set by a 20-13 score, the Mids then responded by winning eight of the next nine points to tie the set at 21-21. But Holy Cross then took four of the last five points including a kill by Lynch on set-point for the 25-22 victory. Lynch led the Crusaders with an outstanding six kills. With the second set score in favor of the Crusaders, 22-21, they then won three of the next four points including another set-point kill by Lynch for the 25-22 win. Lynch again led the team with six kills. The third set was also very close and with the score tied at 23-23, the Mids recorded two straight attack errors as the Crusaders clinched the match with a 25-23 victory. Both Colpoys and Lynch posted four kills in the set. The Crusaders are now 3-2 at home this season. 

The Crusaders return to action when they take on American on Saturday, Oct. 1 in Worcester at 2:00 p.m. Fans can watch the match by going here.