WORCESTER, Mass. – Junior Megan Lynch (Mendham, N.J.) was outstanding with a career-best 34 kills and a team-best .395 hitting percentage but the Holy Cross volleyball team fell just short to Bryant, 3-2, by scores of 23-25, 25-21, 22-25, 29-27 and 15-13 in non-conference action at the Chase Athletic Center on Wednesday night. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 6-14 overall, while the Bulldogs improve to 8-12 overall.
Lynch averaged a stellar 6.8 kills per set. She also recorded her 15th double-double of the season and the 42nd of her career with 13 digs. Lynch's previous career-best was 23 kills which she had done three times. She has also moved to second all-time in school history with 1,082 career kills and is now eighth with 821 career digs. She is just one of three players in program history to record over 1,000 kills and 800 digs.
Freshman Hannah Grace Stokes (Atlanta, Ga.) posted a season-best 54 assists, while senior Kathleen Colpoys (Scituate, Mass.) notched 14 kills and a .333 hitting percentage. Junior Elizabeth Watters (San Francisco, Calif.) led the Crusaders with 16 digs, while junior Callie Black (Fallon, Nev.) ranked first on the team with five blocks. Freshman Alicia Swearingen (Springdale, Ark.) tallied seven kills and 11 digs, while freshman Layne Hubbard (Austin, Texas) just missed double-digit kills with nine.
Bryant was led by Jazmin Stoner who recorded a double-double with 24 kills and 20 digs. Jadith Lorenzo also posted a double-double with 41 assists and 10 digs.
With the first set tied at 22-22, the Crusaders took three of the next four points for a 25-23 win. Lynch tallied nine kills in the set. The Bulldogs took the second set by a 25-21 score as they won five of the last six points. Holy Cross won the third set, 25-22, as Lynch recorded a kill on the Crusaders' fourth set-point ending Bryant's late rally. Lynch notched seven kills. The fourth set went back and forth, and with the score tied at 27-27, Bryant's Kendall Gaffney and Elena Lohr posted kills for the 29-27 victory. Lynch was outstanding as she recorded 12 of the team's 18 kills. With the Crusaders trailing 11-8 in the fifth, Colpoys and Lynch each recorded kills to cut the deficit to one point at 11-10. With the score now 12-11, the Bulldogs won two straight to earn three match points at 14-11. The Crusaders were able to fight off the first two match points with kills by Lynch and Black, but were unable to stop Stoner from notching her 24th kill of the match for the 15-13 victory.
The Crusaders return to action when they take on Patriot League opponent Army at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Holy Cross Field House. Fans can watch the Army match by going here.