Lafayette Volleyball Notches League Win over Holy Cross
Nov. 5, 2004
EASTON, Pa. (www.lafayette.edu) - Heidi Olichwier's consecutive games streak came to a close in the third game, but the senior setter was still able to put the finishing touch on Lafayette's crucial 3-1 victory over Holy Cross in Patriot League volleyball action on Friday night at the Kirby Sports Center. The Leopards improve to 5-6 in PL play and maintain their hold on fourth place in the league, while the Crusaders fall to 4-7.
Lafayette (14-11 overall) cruised to a 30-21 win in the first game, and led 11-4 in the second before Holy Cross put together a run to knot the score at 13-13. With the game deadlocked at 17-all, Olichwier rolled her ankle while scrambling for the ball, and was forced to hobble off the court. Sophomore Katie Moore stepped in at setter and the Leopards were able to close the game out at 30-27.
The third game was the first since the end of the 2000 season that the Leopards stepped on the floor without Olichwier, who had played 395 straight games - every one in her career, and a streak that places Olichwier in the top 20 in NCAA Division I history. Lafayette struggled to find an answer, falling behind 23-8 until a late flurry produced the final 30-16 margin for Holy Cross.
"When I came off the floor, it hurt really bad but once I sat down the shock wore off and I was able to get treatment before the third," Olichwier said. "It would have been nice to keep it going but I'm not playing for that. It will mean so much more to me if we're able to play in the Patriot League tournament in a couple of weeks."
Lafayette immediately found its rhythm with its senior captain on the court in the fourth. The Leopards opened a 14-5 lead, and another push gave them a 25-13 advantage. Lafayette held a match point at 29-18, and Olichwier found space in the middle of the Crusaders defense, dumping the ball over the net to give her team the win.
Sophomore Veronica Canto-Ponce had six kills on 10 attacks in the final game, and finished with 19 kills, nine digs, five blocks and four aces while hitting .296.
Freshmen Michaela Donohue and Lauren Dalsky had 26 and 23 digs, respectively, to lead a Leopard defense that limited Holy Cross to a .088 attack percentage for the match. Donohue also contributed 13 kills.
Olichwier finished with 33 assists and nine digs, while Moore had 13 assists in a game and a half.
Caitlin Agostinacchio led Holy Cross with 18 kills. Christine Strawson had 13 kills and a .333 hitting percentage. Valerie Mora was one of four Crusaders in double-figures with 23 digs.
Lafayette, a winner in five of its last six matches, will host Army on Saturday at 4 p.m. The Leopards entered the night in a three-way tie for fourth in the Patriot League with Holy Cross and Navy, which plays Colgate and Bucknell this weekend.
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