Oct. 8, 2011
WORCESTER, Mass. -
The Army volleyball team got back to Patriot League action with a 3-0 win at Holy Cross on Saturday afternoon. Sophomore middle blocker Megan Wilton led the Black Knights' attack with 10 kills, as Army posted a 25-23, 25-20, 25-16 victory to improve to 4-1 in Patriot League play.
Army (13-6) defeated the Crusaders for the 11th-straight meeting and improved to 41-5 in the all-time series. Holy Cross fell to 6-15 overall and 2-3 in conference play.
Wilton's 10 kills included a .400 hitting percentage, as she recorded just two errors in 20 attempts. Junior outside hitter Ariana Mankus and sophomore outside hitter Margaux Jarka contributed seven kills apiece. Mankus completed a double-double as she matched sophomore libero D.J. Phee for a match-high 18 digs. Senior co-captain Fabiola Castro totaled 11 digs to go with a pair of blocks.
The Black Knights' attack hit .238 and recorded 45 kills. The defense held Holy Cross to a .152 mark with 34 kills. The team's leading hitter, Megan Lynch recorded a match-high 18 kills for the Crusaders. Lynch took 57 swings on the afternoon.
After winning the first two sets by a combined seven points, the Black Knights put the match away with a convincing 25-16 victory in the third session. Army hit .394, recorded 14 kills and just one error in the decisive set.
"The team played great today, especially in the third game," said fifth-year head coach Alma Kovaci. "Molly (McDonald) and Margaux (Jarka) were key substitutions and provided the spark we needed to put a tough Holy Cross team away. Mary (Vaccaro) had a good day as well. The third set really showed how capable this team can be."
McDonald did not commit and error and finished with three kills. Vaccaro, Army's star freshman setter, finished with 39 assists, nine digs and four kills.
The meat of Patriot League play continues next weekend, as Army travels to Bucknell and Colgate on Friday and Saturday, respectively. Both matches are set for a 7 p.m. start and will feature live statistics.