Oct. 15, 2013
WEST POINT, N.Y. – The Army women’s volleyball team closed out its three-match homestand with a Patriot League 3-0 sweep over Holy Cross (7-13, 2-6) on Tuesday, Oct. 15. The Black Knights rolled in all three sets (25-15, 25-22, and 25-10) as they continue to share the first place spot with American in the conference standings.
Senior co-captain outside hitter Margaux Jarka led all players with 15 kills and finished second in hitting percentage (.481). Senior middle blocker Megan Wilton followed Jarka with nine kills but topped all players with a .571 hitting percentage. The Black Knights finished with nine services aces and hit for .337 percent on the match.
Army’s defense, equally as impressive, held Holy Cross to a .067 hitting percentage. Sophomore setter Vanessa Edwards and junior defensive specialist Deanna Dalton with 11 digs each, while Jarka added seven.
“I am Proud of the team for finishing,” said Army head coach Alma Kovaci. “It’s a mid-week match and a lot of exams are coming up. What I really liked was in the second set where we had some challenges, we were down 21-16 and the team had a sense of urgency and finished that game. We hit the gas pedal and we stepped on it all the way so that was very good to see. Our serving and passing struggled in the first game, but after that little 10-minute timeout they talked and figured it out.
Give credit to Holy Cross for playing well and scouted us very well. It was a slow start because of how well they scouted this team. I am proud to see how the hitting percentages Margaux and Megan were able to produce. Overall I am proud of the team for finishing the game.”
Holy Cross held its ground as it went point-for-point with Army in the opening third of the first set, keeping the score close at 6-6. Army went on to score eight of the next 12 points, which forced a Crusader time out facing a 15-9 deficit. The momentary pause did not slow Army down as the team rattled off 10 of the next 15 points, including the final four unanswered, to close the set.
In what seemed be the most competitive set, the Black Knights came out strong starting the second set with a service ace from Deanna Dalton. But an offensive attack from Holy Cross pulled the Crusaders ahead 6-2, forcing Army to take an early timeout. Kills from freshman middle blocker Olivia Fairfield and Wilton tied the score 10-10 before Holy Cross would regain the lead.
Kills from Holy Cross’ freshman outside hitter Mandy Siffler and senior outside hitter Alex Aycock rallied four-points as the Crusaders held a 18-14 lead late in the set. After a short timeout and three kills from Jarka, the Black Knights came back to tie the score 22-22. Kills from Jarka and a forced error on the Crusaders would finish the match in a 25-22 victory for Army.
The Black Knights dominated the third set from start to finish. Fairfield served for 11-straight points, turning an 8-2 lead into a 20-7 rout in favor of Army. The team went to hold Holy Cross to only 10 points in a 25-10 triumph.
Sophomore outside hitter Emily Oliver and freshman setter Katie McKernan led Holy Cross with seven and five kills, respectively.
The Black Knights will travel to Holy Cross on Saturday, Oct. 19, to compete for the second straight match against the Crusaders. The match is set to begin at 4 p.m. Live stats and video feed will be available through the volleyball schedule page on goholycross.com. Stats and a recap will be available on goARMYsports.com following the match.