No. 12 Holy Cross girls volleyball faced its most stern test of the season Tuesday in Hartford when it took on top-seeded Coventry at the Sports and Medical Sciences Academy.
The Crusaders put up one heck of a fight against the 10-time champion Patriots, but the top seed came away with a 3-1 win. The set scores were 25-19, 25-23, 23-25 and 25-14.
Coventry goes for its 11th title on Saturday against second-seeded Lyman Memorial, which is the defending Class S champion. The match is at East Haven High School at a time to be determined.
Nicole Strielkauskas had eight kills to lead Holy Cross. Meah Austin had 10 service points, five kills and three digs while Maia Regan tallied nine service points and eight digs. All three are seniors, and it was their final match, along with Devan Eason, Meghan Mazzatto, Jessica Borduas and Alexandra Lombardo. Eason and Lombardo, both starters, were lost to injuries.
Holy Cross finished a great season at 17-7.