Volleyball Opens Patriot League Play with Win over Holy Cross
EASTON, Pa. – The Lafayette women’s volleyball team pieced together a gritty win in their first conference action of the season, securing a 3-1 victory (25-23, 21-25, 27-25, 25-21) over Holy Cross Friday evening inside of Kirby Sports Center. A tightly contested match throughout, every point was a fought for.
“Historically, our matches against Holy Cross are always competitive and we were expecting more of the same tonight,” head coach Terri Dadio Campbell said. “The girls worked hard and fought for every point and it was great to see them come together and show that grit and toughness to bring home the win.”
The first set started out with the Leopards opening a 7-3 lead before Holy Cross grew into the set and tied the score at 11-all. The teams traded blows from that point forward until a Carly Kutschke kill tied the game once again at 21-21 and forced Holy Cross into a timeout. The momentum stayed with the Leopards as Katrina Ruggeiro’s kill ended the set at 25-23.
As the two-teams locked horns again in the second set, neither could gain much momentum in the early going. Two 4-0 runs later in the set proved to be the difference as the Crusaders were able to open a 19-16 lead. Holy Cross held their lead and took the set 25-21.
Holy Cross opened the third-set on 5-0 run to put the Leopards in an early hole. The Maroon and White trailed until a Katie Kidder Ace leveled the score at 19-19. The teams battled back-and-forth from that point on with senior Tori Smith tying the score once again at 24-24, forcing Holy Cross into a timeout. Lafayette would seize the momentum, closing the set out on a 3-0 run to win the set 27-25.
The final set of the evening was just as competitive as its predecessor’s, as the score was knotted up nine separate times in the first ten points. An ace from Lexie Caraveo highlighted a 3-0 run by the Leopards that brought the score to 17-11. Holy Cross started to come back in the late stages of the set, but the Maroon and White held on to win the set 25-21 and take the match 3-1.
“It was really nice for us to come out and get this win tonight,” said senior captain Smith. “Coming out with a strong presence from the beginning was important for us as a team and I think it will help the freshman build their confidence and help with our team focus moving forward.”
Smith ended the night with another double-double in kills (10) and digs (14). Christian Luhnow and Ruggiero joined her in the double-digit kills department with 13 and 12, respectively. Julia Howard recorded a team-high 24 assists, while Caraveo chipped in 17 digs.
The Leopards hit the court at Kirby Sports Center again tomorrow as they host Army at 2 p.m.