BETHLEHEM, Pa. – Senior captain Elizabeth Watters (San Francisco, Calif.) set a new school record for career digs as she posted 15 giving her 1,298 for her career in the Holy Cross volleyball team's 3-1 loss to Lehigh in Patriot League action at the Leeman-Turner Arena on Friday night by scores of 22-25, 25-16, 25-23 and 25-22. Watters, who entered the match needing eight digs to set the record, posted her eighth dig in the fourth set. The previous record was 1,290 set by Katie Snell from 1999-2002. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 2-27 overall (1-12 PL), while the Mountain Hawks improve to 12-12 overall (8-5 PL).
Sophomore Hannah Grace Stokes (Atlanta, Ga.) tallied her seventh double-double of the season and the 16th of her career with 32 assists and a career-best 19 digs. Senior captain Megan Lynch (Mendham, N.J.) led the team with 15 kills as she now has 1,474 career kills. Lynch, who already holds the school record is now eighth on the all-time Patriot League career kills list. Freshman Emily Oliver (Carlsbad, Calif.) also posted double-digit kills with 10, while sophomore Heather Roberts (San Jose, Calif.) tallied 14 digs. Senior Callie Black (Fallon, Nev.) and sophomore Mary-Kate Short (Lighthouse Point, Fla.) each posted three blocks.
The Mountain Hawks were led by Amy Matula who tallied a double-double with 26 assists and 11 digs. Taylor Poole (13), Kaylynn Genemaras (11) and Ana Vrhel (10) each posted double-digit kills. Rachel Charles led the team with 31 digs and Vrhel posted a team-best six blocks.
With the Crusaders up 24-22 in the first set, Watters posted an ace for the 25-22 win. Lynch led the Crusaders with six kills. Lehigh won the second set by a 25-16 score, as Poole totaled six kills and a .667 hitting percentage for the set. Trailing 24-21 in the third set, the Crusaders then won two straight points to make the score 24-23, but a kill by Leah Turner gave the Mountain Hawks the 25-23 win. Turner led Lehigh with four kills, while Lynch tallied five. With the fourth set tied at 21-21, the Mountain Hawks won four of the last five points as Genemaras posted a kill on match point for the 25-22 fourth set victory.
The Crusaders conclude the season by traveling to Easton, Pa., to take on Lafayette on Saturday, Nov. 10, at 2:00 p.m.