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Volleyball can't get past Valparaiso

Holy Cross Athletics   09-13-2019
1st 2nd  3rd  4th Final
Holy Cross 19 21 27 22 1
Valparaiso 25 25 25 25 3

CHICAGO – The Holy Cross volleyball team fell to Valparaiso, 3-1, in the opening match of the DePaul Invitational on Friday, Sept. 13.

Freshman outside hitter Gracyn Benck led the Crusaders (1-7) with 16 kills and two blocks. Junior outside hitter Rachel Harding had a double-double of 19 digs and 10 kills, while junior setter Shannon Dwyer had a double-double of 22 assists and 11 digs. 

HOW IT HAPPENED:

  • Valpo took control in the first set, building its lead to 18-8 quickly before Holy Cross had four straight points to cut within 18-12. Holy Cross managed to continue chipping away, cutting as close as 22-18 late, but Valpo held on for a 25-19 set win.
  • In the second set, Holy Cross jumped ahead early, 3-0, and built its lead as high as 12-6. Valparaiso kept pushing, and eventually took its first lead of the set at 18-17 before going on to win the set 25-21.
  • Neither team led by more than three points in a tight third set. Trailing 22-19, Holy Cross scored the next four points, capped by a kill from junior middle blocker Katie Kerins, to take a 23-22 lead, but Valpo got the next two points to go ahead, 24-23. Kerins and Benck had back-to-back kills to regain the lead at 25-24; Valpo answered to even the match at 25-25, but an attack error by Valpo and a kill by Benck gave Holy Cross a 27-25 win to keep the match alive.
  • With the fourth set tied at 8-8, Harding had three straight kills to give Holy Cross the lead; Valpo followed with a 9-1 run to take a five-point advantage. Holy Cross was able to cut within 22-20 and later within 24-22 off a block from Kerins, but Valpo took the final kill of the night for a 25-22 win.

BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:

  • Harding recorded her third double-double of the season, matching her total from 2018.
  • Benck’s 13 kills were a collegiate high for the rookie and her second time totaling double-digit kills this season.

UP NEXT:

  • Holy Cross will play a pair of matches on Saturday, Sept. 14, against host DePaul at 1:30 p.m. and Central Michigan at 5:30 p.m.

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