WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross volleyball team has been picked to finish eighth in the 2009 Patriot League preseason poll as voted on by head coaches and sports information directors from around the league. American was picked to finish first as it earned 12 of 16 first place votes and 96 total points. Colgate had three first place votes and 79 total points as it was picked to finish second, followed by Army (one first place vote and 78 total points), Bucknell (65 total points) Navy (49 total points), Lehigh (34 total points), Lafayette (31 total points) and Holy Cross (16 total points).
The Crusaders are set to start the 2009 season when they play Providence on Wednesday, Sept. 2, at 7:00 p.m., at the Holy Cross Field House.