Volleyball earns first-ever victory over American
WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross volleyball team battled for its first win in program history over American University on November 3. After Holy Cross jumped out to a 2-0 lead with 26-24 and 25-23 set wins, respectively, American took the third set, 25-23, but the Crusaders stormed back from a late fourth-set deficit to take the set, 27-25, and the match, 3-1.
Holy Cross moves to 7-20 overall and 6-8 in the Patriot League; American falls to 19-10 overall, and earned its first conference loss of the year, now sitting at 13-1 in conference play.
Entering the match, Holy Cross was winless against the Eagles, having taken just seven total sets from the Eagles in 36 previous meetings. Additionally, the Crusaders won their first set against American since the 2012 season; this marked just the second time ever that Holy Cross has won multiple sets against the Eagles.
Sophomore Katie Kerins had 14 kills for Holy Cross, while sophomore Kathleen Philo had 27 assists and sophomore Shannon Dwyer added in 15 assists. Freshman Johnna Shamley had her third double-double in four games, posting 11 digs and 10 kills. Freshman Regan Wright chipped in 14 digs and eight kills.
Holy Cross got out to a 3-0 lead early in the first, and would not trail for the entirety of the set. The Crusaders’ lead grew as high as nine, 16-7, forcing a timeout from American. As Holy Cross led 18-10, American began to chip away gradually at the lead, tying the set at 24-24. A service error and attack error by American, however, gave Holy Cross the set win.
The second set was much tighter, with the score tied seven times in the frame. The largest Holy Cross lead came late in the set, at 22-18, prompting a timeout from the Eagles. American would come within 24-23, but a kill from Wright gave Holy Cross a 25-23 set win and the 2-0 lead.
American got back on track in the third, and with things tied at 4-4, the Eagles scored nine unanswered points to take a 13-4 lead. Holy Cross went on a 6-1 run to come within 14-10, and slowly climbed closer, coming within 21-19. As American led 24-20, Holy Cross continued to pressure, trailing by just one point at 24-23 before an American kill gave the Eagles the set.
The fourth set was most competitive of all, with 14 ties and five lead changes. Holy Cross got out to a four-point lead, 18-14, before American went on a 10-2 run to have set point at 24-20. The Crusaders had the next five points after that, including four straight kills to take a 25-24 lead, capped by a kill from senior Allie Barry. American had a kill to tie things up at 25-25, but an attack error by the Eagles and a kill from Kerins gave Holy Cross the victory.
Aleksandra Kazala led the way for the Eagles with a double-double (15 kills, 12 digs) while Kennedy Etheridge had 29 assists.
Holy Cross closes out the regular season with two home matchups, set for November 9 against Navy and November 10 against Lafayette.