Crusaders fall at New Hampshire
DURHAM, N.H. – Junior Rachel Harding totaled seven kills and eight digs, but the Holy Cross volleyball team was defeated by New Hampshire 3-0 to open play in the Holly Young Invitational at Lundholm Gymnasium. The Wildcats won the sets by scores of 25-21, 25-17 and 25-21. The Crusaders fall to 0-4 on the season with the loss, while New Hampshire improves to 4-2 overall.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
• The first set was tied at 7-7 early on, before the Wildcats scored four of the next five points to pull in front. Holy Cross was able to close to within one point late in the set (19-18), but New Hampshire scored six of the last nine points.
• In the second set, New Hampshire was up 7-5 before using an 8-2 run to take a commanding 15-7 advantage. The Crusaders would go no closer than four points the rest of the way.
• The third set was close most of the way, and the Wildcats held a narrow 16-13 lead midway through. But New Hampshire then scored seven of the next nine points and went on to earn the victory.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
• Junior Renée LeBlanc posted a .571 hitting percentage with four kills and no errors on seven attacks.
• Sophomore Regan Wright finished with a .357 hitting percentage, totaling six kills and just one error in 14 attacks.
• Sophomore Skye Daval-Santos totaled a team-best 12 digs on the night.
• The Crusaders had a team hitting percentage of .162, while the Wildcats finished with a .239 hitting percentage.
• Holy Cross will close out the Holly Young Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 7, with matches against Seattle and Brown.
• The first match against the Redhawks will take place at 10 a.m., while first serve against the Bears is scheduled for 2:30 p.m.