Volleyball falls to Loyola in Patriot League opener
WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross volleyball team fell, 3-0, in its Patriot League opener to Loyola (Md.) on Friday, Sept. 27 in Blaney Gymnasium.
Junior middle blocker Katie Kerins had nine kills and three blocks to lead the Crusaders (3-12, 0-1 PL), while junior setter Shannon Dwyer recorded 16 assists and junior libero Sophie VanSeveren had 14 digs.
Ashley Dwyer had 40 assists to lead the Greyhounds (7-7, 1-0 PL). Abby Hamilton had a game-high 15 kills and Ann Ernst had a double-double of 13 digs and 13 kills for Loyola.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- Loyola jumped ahead to an early 8-3 lead, but the Crusaders slowly climbed back in, tying the match at 14-14 after back-to-back kills by junior outside hitter Rachel Harding and Kerins. The Greyhounds were able to rebuild their lead to 18-15, but the Crusaders continued to stay close, cutting within 20-19 after a service ace from Harding. Hamilton notched two kills in a row to give the Greyhounds three points of breathing room, but Holy Cross wouldn’t back down, cutting within 22-21 after kills from junior middle blocker Clare Honan and Kerins. Trailing 24-22, junior setter Kathleen Philo had a kill to bring Holy Cross within 24-23, but Loyola was able to take the final point and the first set off an error.
- The teams traded points to begin the second set, with the Crusaders cutting the score to 8-6 after a kill from freshman outside hitter Gracyn Benck. A kill by Hamilton built the Greyhounds’ lead to 18-12, forcing a Holy Cross timeout. Loyola had set point at 24-17, but the Crusaders had three straight points off a kill from sophomore outside hitter Johnna Shamley, a block by Kerins and Benck and a kill from Kerins; Loyola was able to notch the final point off a kill by Cat Vaccaro.
- After a kill from Honan gave Holy Cross a 4-2 lead, Loyola scored seven unanswered points, capping the run with two straight blocks. Sophomore outside hitter Regan Wright made it a 9-5 game with a kill, and the Crusaders climbed back within 10-8 after a block by Kerins and Benck and a bad set by the Greyhounds. Loyola began to pull away, though, building their lead to 21-11, and took a 24-15 lead after a kill by Cecylia Guye. Back-to-back attack errors by the Greyhounds and a service ace from VanSeveren brought the Crusaders within 24-18, but Loyola closed out the sweep after a service error.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
- Kerins has recorded three blocks in four of her last five matches; she leads the Crusaders with 26 blocks this season (0.67 per set).
- This is just the first time the Crusaders have lost at home this season.
- Holy Cross will host reigning Patriot League champion Navy on Saturday, Sept. 28 in Blaney Gymnasium.
- First serve is scheduled for 4:05 p.m.