WORCESTER, Mass. – Junior Erika Eastley was one of four Bucknell players with double-digit kills and added six block assists to lead the Bucknell volleyball team to a 3-1 win at Holy Cross on Friday night. The Bison prevailed by scores of 25-19, 25-20, 23-25 and 25-19 to post their first road win over the Crusaders since 2010.
“It was a great team effort tonight,” said Bucknell head coach Anna Allison, who watched as her team improved to 10-8 overall and 4-4 in the conference. “We capitalized when we needed to, and our middle blockers played great.”
Senior Karen Campbell and Eastley spearheaded the effort in the middle for the Bison. Campbell had a team-high 16 kills, while Eastley added 14. Eastley factored in on 86 percent of the team’s blocks on the night. Both players recorded hitting percentages over .400.
Sophomore Hailey Stout and freshman Blake Buchholz also had double-digit kills with 10 apiece. The team effort Allison spoke of was clearly evident in the defensive numbers. Seven players combined on the Bison’s 100 digs, including six in double-digits. Stout led the way with 28, while sophomore Hana Sawanobori was behind her with 19. Buchholz finished with 16 digs, senior Meghan Wentzel tallied 13, and sophomore Jenna Slusar and senior Katie Price added 11 apiece.
Wentzel was outstanding again in her role as the setter. She matched a career-high with 50 assists. She had set the personal best just three matches ago in a win over Lafayette, but that match went five sets while the win over Holy Cross lasted just four.
Holy Cross, which dropped to 5-15 overall and 2-5 in league play, was led by Lynsey Petersen with 16 kills and 16 digs. Mandy Sifferlen and Natalie Welsch added 14 and 10 kills, respectively.
With the win, Bucknell moved to within a half game of fourth-place Lehigh for the final spot in the Patriot League Tournament. The Mountain Hawks fell 3-0 to Army West Point on Friday. The Bison will travel to play the Black Knights on Saturday at 6 p.m.