Volleyball falls to Loyola (Md.)
WORCESTER, Mass. -
The Holy Cross volleyball team fell in three sets to Loyola (Md.) on November 2 at the Hart Center in Patriot League action. A competitive first set ended in a 30-28 win for the Greyhounds; Holy Cross continued to compete, but the Greyhounds took the next two sets, 25-21 and 25-20, respectively.
Holy Cross moves to 6-20 overall and 5-8 in the Patriot League, while Loyola improves to 12-14 overall and 7-6 in conference play.
Freshman Regan Wright had 18 digs for Holy Cross, while sophomore Shannon Dwyer had 17 assists. Freshman Johnna Shamley fell just shy of her third straight double-double with 10 digs and nine kills.
In the first set, Holy Cross got out to a 4-0 lead, capped by two kills from Shamley. The Greyhounds came within 4-3 after a service error, kill and ace, but the teams would trade points after that. Neither team led by more than three points from there, as the Crusaders had a 13-10 lead before Loyola got back on top, 14-13. The back-and-forth nature continued, and with the match even at 24-24, the teams took turns holding the lead until Loyola ultimately came away with a 30-28 win.
Holy Cross led by a 6-2 margin to start the second set before the Greyhounds stormed back to tie things up at 6-6. A kill from Wright stopped the Greyhounds’ run, but Loyola would slowly climb into the lead, jumping ahead 19-13 to force a Holy Cross timeout. Trailing 20-13, the Crusaders went on a 5-1 run to come within three points; Holy Cross would later come within three points again, 24-21, but Loyola notched the kill to take the set, 25-21.
Trailing 5-1 early in the third, the Crusaders scored six unanswered points to take a 7-5 lead. Holy Cross led by as many as three points, 12-9 after a kill from Shamley, but the Greyhounds answered with a 6-0 run of their own, capped by an ace from Katie Forsythe, to take a 15-12 lead. Holy Cross stuck around, tying the set at 17-17 before Loyola pulled away with an 8-3 run to close out the match with a 25-20 win.
Abby Hamilton (14 digs, 11 kills) and Molly Werts (10 digs, 16 assists) each posted a double-double to lead the Greyhounds on the stat sheet. Ann Ernst had 13 kills to go along with seven digs.
The Crusaders continue their home stint with a conference match against American University, set for 4 p.m. on November 3.