Volleyball falls short vs. Navy
WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross volleyball team fell at home to Navy, 3-1, on November 9 in Patriot League action. After the Midshipmen took the first two sets, 25-18 and 25-21, respectively, the Crusaders battled back to win the third set, 25-18, before falling in the final set, 25-16.
Holy Cross moves to 7-21 on the year and 6-9 in the Patriot League; Navy improves to 20-8 overall and 12-3 in conference play.
Freshman Regan Wright fell just shy of a double-double, recording 11 kills and nine digs on the night. Freshman Johnna Shamley recorded nine kills and seven digs; senior Allie Barry chipped in seven kills. Sophomore Sophie VanSeveren had 21 digs, while sophomore Kathleen Philo had 19 assists.
Maddi Sgattoni led the way for Navy with 13 kills, while Sarena Seelbach had six blocks and eight kills. Patricia Mattingly added in 30 assists.
Navy got on top early, rattling off five straight points to begin the match before committing a service error. The Crusaders slowly climbed back in, eventually taking a 10-9 lead capped by a service ace from sophomore Shannon Dwyer. Holy Cross would have the lead at 15-14, but the Midshipmen went on an 11-3 run to close out the set and take the 25-18 victory.
The second set featured 11 ties and seven lead changes. Holy Cross initially held a 3-0 lead, but Navy made it a tie game at 4-4, and it would be a back-and-forth affair from there. With the set tied at 14-14, Navy slowly began to pull away, going on to win 25-21.
Trailing 8-3 in the third set, Holy Cross went on a 12-2 run, capped by a kill from sophomore Katie Kerins, to jump ahead 15-10. Navy came within a score of 15-13, but the Crusaders would hold at least a two-point lead the rest of the way, scoring 10 of the final 15 points to stay alive with a 25-18 win.
Navy got out to a commanding lead in the fourth set, leading 9-2 before Holy Cross scored three straight points. The Crusaders prompted a timeout from Navy after scoring three consecutive points to come within 16-10, but the Midshipmen didn’t let Holy Cross come any closer the rest of the way, winning the set, 25-16, and taking the match.
Holy Cross closes out the 2018 season at the Hart Center with a Senior Day matchup against Lafayette College at 4:05 p.m. on November 10.