Volleyball downs Lafayette on Senior Day
WORCESTER, Mass. -
The Holy Cross volleyball team won its Senior Day matchup against Lafayette College, 3-1, on November 10. The Crusaders cruised to a 25-16 win in the first set, but Lafayette responded with a 25-18 win in the second; Holy Cross held on to take the next two sets 25-20 and 25-21, respectively.
Prior to the game, the Crusaders recognized their three seniors: middle blocker Allie Barry, middle hitter Kristen Somerville and director of operations Julia O’Toole. Barry had two digs and two kills in the contest, while Somerville added a kill.
Sophomore Clare Honan led the way for the Crusaders in the win, with nine kills, two solo blocks and five block assists. Sophomore Katie Kerins was also solid, posting nine kills, one solo block and seven block assists. Freshman Regan Wright had 16 digs and eight kills; fellow rookie Johnna Shamley had 11 digs and nine kills.
Grace Tulevich recorded a double-double for the Leopards, with 12 digs and 10 kills. Leanna Deegan had 13 kills for Lafayette, while Jenna Bailey had 23 assists.
The first set was tight through the first several points, but Lafayette jumped out to a 13-9 lead after recording three straight kills. Holy Cross tied the match at 13-13 with two kills and two attack errors; the Crusaders ended the match on a 16-3 run, capped by kills from Somerville and Shamley to take the 25-16 win.
The Leopards had the edge in the second set, and with the Crusaders trailing 5-4, Lafayette took seven of the next nine points to extend its lead to 12-6. From that point, the Leopards always led by a margin of at least four, winning the set 25-18.
The third set was close again, with Holy Cross only holding as much as a three-point lead throughout until the Crusaders recorded four straight blocks, pushing their lead to 23-17. Lafayette jumped back in with three more points, but the Crusaders capitalized on two straight errors by the Leopards to take the set, 25-20.
Holy Cross had an early 7-2 lead in the fourth set, before Lafayette began to climb closer, eventually tying the set at 13-13. Shamley had back-to-back kills, though, and the Crusaders would not rescind the lead from there. Lafayette came within 22-21, but Holy Cross rattled off the final three points, ending the match with a service ace from Wright.
The Crusaders end the year with a 7-9 mark in the Patriot League and an 8-21 overall record. Lafayette ends the year at 0-16 in conference play and 5-23 overall.