WORCESTER, Mass. – Junior Megan Lynch (Mendham, N.J.) recorded a double-double with 12 kills and 15 digs as the Holy Cross volleyball team defeated Bucknell, 3-0, by scores of 25-20, 25-21 and 25-21 in Patriot League action at the Holy Cross Field House on Friday night. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 9-21 overall (5-8 Patriot League), while the Bison fall to 6-16 overall (3-10 Patriot League).
The Crusaders are now guaranteed to finish in fifth place in the Patriot League standings. This will be their best finish since the 2004 team also placed fifth. Holy Cross' five league wins are its most since earning six victories also in 2004. This was only the second win by the Crusaders in their last 21 meetings versus Bucknell as Holy Cross also defeated the Bison on Oct. 23, 2009. With the 3-0 win at Navy on Nov. 5 and the victory over Bucknell, the Crusaders have now won two straight Patriot League matches for the first time since the 2004 season when they defeated Lehigh on Nov. 6 and Colgate on Nov. 12.
The double-double for Lynch was her 19th of the season and the 46th of her career. She now has 1,197 career kills which are second all-time at the school and has 908 career digs which are seventh all-time. Lynch is now one of only two players in the history of the program to record over 1,000 career kills and 900 career digs as Caitlin Agostinacchio (2001-2004) posted 1,063 kills and 906 digs. Senior Kathleen Colpoys (Scituate, Mass.) also recorded double-digit kills with 10, while she tied freshman Alicia Swearingen (Springdale, Ark.) for the team-lead in blocks with four. Junior Liz Ashton (Milford, Mass.) also had a strong match with a team-best .615 hitting percentage as she notched nine kills with only one error on 13 attempts. Freshman Hannah Grace Stokes (Atlanta, Ga.) tallied 28 assists and junior Elizabeth Watters (San Francisco, Calif.) posted 12 digs.
Bucknell was led by Kyleigh McAhren who notched nine kills, while Kat Tauscher posted 19 assists. Kebah Edoho recorded six blocks and Emily Sawanobori tallied 13 digs.
The Bison started the first set by winning the first three points, but Holy Cross then responded by recording eight straight points with Stokes serving. With the Crusaders now leading 22-20 in the first set, they then took the last three points to earn the 25-20 win. Lynch gave Holy Cross a 24-20 lead with a kill and then Ashton clinched the win with a kill on set point. Lynch led the team with six kills. With the score 21-14 in favor of the Crusaders in the second set, Bucknell then won five of the next seven points to cut the deficit to 23-19. The Crusaders then split the next four points for the 25-21 win. Ashton led the way with five kills in the set. With Holy Cross leading the third frame, 22-21, the Crusaders won three straight points including a kill by Lynch on match point for 25-21 victory.
The Crusaders return to action when they conclude the 2011 season versus Colgate on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 3:00 p.m. at the Holy Cross Field House on Senior Day.