WORCESTER, Mass. – Junior Allison Cappellino and senior Kelly McCaddin each recorded 12 kills to lead the American University volleyball team to a 3-0 road victory over Holy Cross.
The Eagles defeated the Crusaders, 25-14, 25-12, 25-14, to improve to 12-4 overall on the year and 3-0 in the Patriot League, while Holy Cross dropped to 4-12 overall and 3-3 in the league.
Cappellino, who also recorded 13 digs in the match, notched her seventh double-double of the year, while McCaddin registered a season-high .733 hitting percentage.
In all three sets, the Eagles put together long scoring runs to retain control of the match. In the opening set, AU never trailed, and finished on an 11-3 run to take the 25-14 victory. McCaddin led the way with four kills, as three other Eagles each added three kills.
American’s attack percentage was outstanding in the second set, with the team hitting .552 as a group. Again, McCaddin was the leader, scoring six kills on six attempts, while Cappellino added four kills. Meanwhile, Cappellino was the top performer in the third set, registering five kills.
For the match, AU posted its second-highest attack percentage of the season (.355), while holding Holy Cross to just .046.
“Today’s match was a solid execution of containing a team’s go-to plays and players,” said American assistant coach Sarah Bernson. “Although we didn’t block as well as we’d like, we held their hitting percentage down and forced adjustments in their offense. A highlight was our dig and cover transition to attack, which might have been the best for us this season.”
American, which has won eight straight matches, is back in action tomorrow, as it visits Army in a 4:00 p.m. contest.