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Lehigh fights late, beaten by Holy Cross in straight sets

WORCESTER, Mass. – Seeking to master one of the four playoff spots in the Patriot League tournament starting next weekend, Lehigh’s volleyball team couldn’t beat Holy Cross on Friday night, falling in half sets (26-28, 13-25, 21-25) to drop to 3-5 with a game to be played on Saturday against the Crusaders.

Like most games this season, the Mountain Hawks were led by the senior three-headed monster Hannah wright and Sabrina lancaster, and first year student Lylah Washington. Wright and Lancaster finished with 11 kills apiece, while Washington won their second straight double-double with 10 kills and 11 digs.

Lehigh got off to a great start in the first set, taking a 9-3 advantage early on. The Mountain Hawks took the lead at 12-6, but Holy Cross took seven of the next eight to tie it at 13. Both teams went back and forth as Lehigh scored 24-20 on match point, but an 8-2 push to close the set gave HC a 28-26 victory.

The Crusaders controlled the entirety of the second set, leading up to 12 points late in the set and retaining the 12-point victory in a 25-13 decision.

While Lehigh managed to tie several times with Holy Cross in the third set, the Crusaders never let the Mountain Hawks regain the lead. Lehigh was at one point at 16-15, but three kills and a Sophie meagher Attack error brought out the Crusaders in the lead, 20-15. Four straight runs for Lehigh led by Wright and Lancaster got Lehigh to score again, but Holy Cross won five of the last seven to take the set, 25-21 and the game’s victory 3-0.

The Mountain Hawks never really gained a foothold at the end of the first set, hitting just 0.084 for the game with 26 errors.

Alina lam recorded a double-double with 17 assists and 12 recoveries, while Ally thaw finished with 12 excavations at libero. Sophie robinson was the Mountain Hawks’ top blocker with three assists as the team finished with four as a team.

Lehigh ends the regular season on Saturday against Holy Cross at 5 p.m.

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