Volleyball wins home opener vs. Merrimack
WORCESTER, Mass. - With a dominant 3-0 showing against Merrimack, the Holy Cross volleyball team earned its first win of the season, on Tuesday, Sept. 10. The victory gave head coach Kathleen Colpoys, a 2012 graduate of Holy Cross, her first win at the helm for the Crusaders.
Holy Cross recorded a season-high 12 service aces in its first home game of the year, led by four from junior setter Shannon Dwyer and three from sophomore outside hitter Courtney Rasic. Junior setter Kathleen Philo recorded 20 assists; junior libero Sophie VanSeveren had 10 digs while junior outside hitter Rachel Harding had nine kills.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Crusaders jumped out to a dominating lead early, quickly building the score to 18-3 after a 10-0 run that featured three aces from Dwyer. After Merrimack made it a 20-5 game, Holy Cross earned the next four points, capped by a kill from Harding; the Warriors took the next two points off an error and ace, but the Crusaders won the set off an attack error by Merrimack.
- Merrimack had control early in the second set, building a 7-3 lead, but Holy Cross took the next four points to even the score with two kills from junior outside hitter Emmerson Smith, a service ace from Harding and a kill from sophomore outside hitter Regan Wright. From there, Holy Cross scored four of the next six points to take a 13-9 lead. The Warriors were able to cut within 16-14, but the Crusaders went on a 9-0 run to close out the second set and take a 2-0 lead on the night.
- Holy Cross picked up where it left off with five unanswered points to open the third set off kills from Wright and freshman outside hitter Gracyn Benck and a trio of service aces. With the score tied at 17-11, Merrimack alternated points with the Crusaders and stayed within a score of 22-16 late, but Holy Cross notched the final three points, capped by a kill from junior middle blocker Tera Detels, to take the third set and earn the sweep.
BEYOND THE BOX SCORE:
- The Crusaders’ 12 service aces were their most in a single match since recording 14 against Iona on Aug. 28, 2015, and doubled their previous season high of six.
- Dwyer's four aces were a career high for the junior. Rasic's three aces were also an individual career best after she recorded just one ace a season ago.
- Holy Cross heads to Chicago for the DePaul Invitational, with matches slated against Valparaiso on Friday, Sept. 13 and DePaul and Central Michigan on Saturday, Sept. 14.