Volleyball falls to Holy Cross and Colgate

Alexa Girasole and Brittany Willwerth, Senior Writer and Sports Co-Editor

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The Bison women’s volleyball team took to the road to face Holy Cross and Colgate in two conference matches this past weekend. After suffering two straight 0-3 losses, the Bison now stand 5-9 overall and 0-3 in the Patriot League.

The Bison played Holy Cross on Sept. 28. Sophie Bullard ’20 and Brooke Stark ’20 led the Bison with three aces apiece, yet their efforts came up short against the Crusaders. Mimi Richards ’20 led the team with seven kills, while Bullard collected five.

With both teams tied 5-5 in the first set, Holy Cross went on to gain dominant momentum, winning seven unanswered points. Throughout the remainder of the set, the Crusaders led by six or more points at any given time. Despite brief moments of quality play, the Orange and Blue were unsuccessful in finding their rhythm.

“However, we are back in the gym putting in hard work and getting better so we can play at a higher level. Right now our focus is staying mentally focused and playing consistently,” Richards said.

The Bison traveled to upstate New York to face the Colgate Raiders on Sept. 29. Once again the Orange and Blue fell in three straight defeats, 25-14, 25-19, and 25-14, despite a few bright moments in the match.

Jennie Burke ’22 added two blocks and two aces to her career totals while Richards collected a solo block and two block assists. Richards is now in seventh place for the most career block assists in Bison history, holding 238 on her career and 53 blocks on the season. She needs two more blocks to move into sixth place and 26 more to move into fifth.

“While we did not get the outcomes we wanted over the weekend, we are committed to the idea that we are going to bounce back stronger in the way that we practice and play in the weeks to come,” Selby Schnobrich ’20 said.

The Bison will be back in action when they take on Lafayette on Oct. 6 and Lehigh on Oct. 7 in Davis Gym.

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