WORCESTER, Mass. – Freshman Carmen Unzue recorded a career-high 11 kills and senior Allison Cappellino added 10 kills and 14 digs to lead the American University volleyball team to a 25-19, 26-24, 25-14 victory over Holy Cross on Friday evening.
Sophomore Hoakalei Dawson added 20 digs and five service aces for the Eagles, who improved to 21-6 overall on the season and 12-0 in the Patriot League. Meanwhile, the Crusaders dropped to 5-19 overall and 2-9 in the league.
In the first set, the Eagles trailed early as Holy Cross took its largest lead at 15-12. However, American responded with a 10-0 run after the media timeout to pull ahead on its way to the set victory.
The second set was close throughout, with 15 ties and three lead changes. After the Eagles pulled ahead late in the set to take a 24-22 lead, Holy Cross came back to tie it at 24-24. However, American finished strong to take a 2-0 lead in the match.
With the score tied at 3-3 in the third set, American went on a 10-2 run and Holy Cross never got closer than six points the rest of the way, as the Eagles finished out the match victory.
"It was a good win overall," said freshman setter Kennedy Etheridge. "There were some challenging points throughout the match, especially in the second set, but we made it through and we pulled out the win.
"It was a great experience for me to set the full match, and the team did a great job coming together in order for us to succeed. Allison and Carmen were great in the crunch times and helped us get a lot of kills and blocks."
American closes out its final road trip of the regular season tomorrow, when it visits Army West Point in a 5 p.m. contest. The Black Knights currently sit just one game behind the Eagles in the Patriot League standings, with their only league loss coming to AU.