Crusaders topped by Army Friday at home
WORCESTER, Mass. – Freshman Regan Wright posted 11 kills with three aces to lead the Holy Cross volleyball team, but the Crusaders dropped a 3-1 decision at the hands of Army West Point Friday night at home.
Wright added eight digs and a block to her performance, while Katie Kerins chipped in eight kills and two blocks (1 solo). Shannon Dwyer and Kathleen Philo split the setting duties, registering 15 and 14 assists, respectively, while Skye Daval-Santos led the home team with 16 digs.
Allie Strong paced the visiting Black Knights (9-13, 4-5 Patriot League) with 15 kills, while Nikki Lum registered 28 assists and Ana Oglivie picked up 24 digs. Army outblocked the Crusaders (4-18, 3-6), 7-3, as a team and posted a .260 hitting percentage on the night.
Army took a commanding 15-6 lead in the opening set, but the Crusaders closed the gap to six points at 21-15 to put pressure on the visiting Black Knights. But Army came out of a timeout to rattle off four of the last five points, never making an attack error in the set in a 25-16 win.
Holy Cross took the early edge in the second, 10-6, but the visitors brought the score back within one, 13-12, to force a Crusader timeout. Army would eventually take over the lead and never relinquish it, taking a 2-0 advantage in the match with a 25-19 set-two margin.
In the third, the home side opened up with four-straight points, and the Crusaders would maintain that margin through 14-10. Army would temporarily take over the lead at 15-14, and the teams would knot the score four more times before three-straight Black Knight attack errors solidified the 25-22 win for Holy Cross.
Army would finish off the 3-1 match win with a 25-15 victory in the fourth, leading nearly start to finish to put the match away.
Holy Cross hits the road for its next matchup, traveling to Hamilton, N.Y., to take on Colgate on Sunday, Oct. 21 (2 p.m.).