Volleyball Set To Start Season At Home Versus Providence On Sept. 2

Rebecca DeSanti

Holy Cross Volleyball

Overall: 0-0; Last Week: 0-0

Schedule: Wednesday, Sept. 2 vs. Providence, Worcester, Mass., 7:00 p.m.
Friday, Sept. 4 at Sacred Heart, Fairfield, Conn., 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 5 vs. Iona, Fairfield, Conn., 12:00 p.m.
Saturday, Sept. 5 vs. Missouri-Kansas City, Fairfield, Conn., 2:00 p.m. 

  • The Holy Cross volleyball team will start the 2009 regular season when it plays Providence on Wednesday, Sept. 2, at 7:00 p.m., at the Holy Cross Field House. Last season, the Friars defeated the Crusaders twice with a 3-0 win to open the season on Sept. 3 and a 3-0 victory at the Crusader Classic on Sept. 12. Providence, who already started its season with three matches at the Niagara Invitational Tournament, is 1-2 overall.
  • The Crusaders will then travel to Fairfield, Conn., to compete at the Sacred Heart Invitational on Sept. 4-5. On Friday, Holy Cross will meet tournament host Sacred Heart at 7:00 p.m., while on Saturday the Crusaders will play Iona at 12:00 p.m. and Missouri-Kansas City at 2:00 p.m. Holy Cross competed at this tournament a season ago going 0-3 with losses against Sacred Heart, Rider and Bryant.
  • The Crusaders return seven players including five starters and their libero, while they also welcome five freshmen to the program. Juniors Angela Chisholm (Millis, Mass.) and Chelsey O'Donnell (Pittsburgh, Pa.) will serve as team co-captains this season. Last year, as the team's libero, Chisholm led the Crusaders with a career-best 241 digs and a career-best 3.21 digs per set. She also ranked fifth in the Patriot League for digs per set and had 15 matches with double-digit digs. O'Donnell, who enters the season ranked fifth all-time at Holy Cross with 1,485 career assists, had eight double-doubles last year and 594 assists.
  • Holy Cross will also be led by senior Samantha Surface (Fresno, Calif.) who led the team with a career-best 209 kills last year and ranked fourth on the team with a career-best 161 digs. She enters the season with 485 kills, 298 digs and 63 blocks for her career.