Volleyball can't get past Valparaiso
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.
- 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.