Volleyball Falls To American, 3-1

Alicia Swearingen

WORCESTER, Mass. – Freshman Alicia Swearingen (Springdale, Ark.) recorded her first collegiate double-double and freshman Layne Hubbard (Austin, Texas) led the Crusaders with 15 kills, but the Holy Cross volleyball team fell to American, 3-1, by scores of 25-21, 25-23, 25-27 and 25-17 in Patriot League action at the Holy Cross Field House on Saturday afternoon. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 6-13 overall (2-2 Patriot League), while the Eagles improve to 11-9 overall (4-0 Patriot League).

Swearingen was outstanding with a season-best performance of 12 kills and 15 digs. She led the team in digs and also ranked first with a .360 hitting percentage. Hubbard also had a stellar performance as her 15 kills was also a season-best performance.  Her .333 hitting percentage was second on the team. Freshman Hannah Grace Stokes (Atlanta, Ga.) notched her sixth double-double of the season with 42 assists and 10 digs, while junior Megan Lynch (Mendham, N.J.) tallied her 14th double-double of the season and the 41st of her career with 14 kills and 13 digs. Stokes also led the Crusaders with five blocks. Senior Kathleen Colpoys (Scituate, Mass.) recorded eight kills. Also her three blocks now gives her 190 for her career which are fifth all-time at the school.

American was led by Sara Rishell who recorded 20 kills and Alexandra Hammer who posted 46 assists. Kelly McCaddin notched 14 kills, while Juliana Crum tallied a double-double with 12 kills and 11 digs. Megan Rosburg posted 17 digs.

With the first set tied at 20-20, the Eagles then took five of the next six points for the 25-21 win. Hubbard and Colpoys each recorded four kills in the set. With American leading 24-20 in the second, the Crusaders fought off three straight set points to make the score 24-23, but could not quite get the win as Rishell posted a kill for the 25-23 victory. Swearingen, Hubbard and Lynch all each notched four kills. With the third set tied at 25-25, the Eagles recorded an attack error and then Colpoys posted a service ace to force a fourth set and give Holy Cross the 27-25 win. Lynch led the team with five kills in the set. The Crusaders were unable to force a fifth and deciding set as the Eagles took the fourth by a 25-17 win and remain undefeated in Patriot League play with a 4-0 record. Both Swearingen and Lynch posted four kills in the fourth set.

The Crusaders return to action on Wednesday, Oct. 5, when they travel to Smithfield, R.I., to take on Bryant at 7:00 p.m.