October 8, 2009

Holy Cross Volleyball Sweeps Bryant, 3-0

Video: Match-winning point and post match coverage

WORCESTER, Mass. - Junior setter Chelsey O'Donnell (Pittsburgh, Pa.) recorded 35 assists and freshman Megan Lynch (Mendham, N.J.) tallied 13 kills as the Holy Cross volleyball team defeated Bryant, 3-0, on Thursday night at the Holy Cross Field House by scores of 25-20, 25-21 and 25-19. O'Donnell is now just the second Crusader ever to reach 2,000 career assists, as she has 2,032. Lynch recorded double-digits kills for the 11th time this season, while junior libero Angela Chisolm (Millis, Mass.) tallied double-digits digs for the 12th time this year. With the victory, the Crusaders improve to 2-16 overall, while the Bulldogs drop to 5-14 on the season. Holy Cross wins the season series, 2-0, as the Crusaders were victorious at Bryant by a score of 3-1 on Sept. 9.

"The team played fantastic," said Holy Cross head coach Marritt Cafarchia. "Our team was in tempo. It's the best we've played so far."

Chisholm recorded 10 digs while sophomore Kathleen Colpoys (Scituate, Mass.) and freshman Callie Black (Fallon, Nev.) each accumulated nine kills for Holy Cross. Senior Samantha Surface (Fresno, Calif.) added seven kills and six digs for the Crusaders.

Bryant was led by setter Jadith Lorenzo who recorded 20 assists in the contest. Julie Geonnotti also made nine kills and four digs, while Macy Mitravich and Robyn Gardner each recorded six digs.

The Crusaders came out strong with a 25-20 victory in the first set. Black led Holy Cross with six kills in the first frame while O'Donnell recorded 12 assists. The Crusaders then jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the second set before Bryant scored four of the next five points to close the gap to 7-5. Holy Cross extended the lead to 13-6 thanks to kills by Surface and Colpoys, but the Bulldogs rattled off five straight points to cut the deficit to 13-11. Holy Cross rebuilt its lead to 20-14, but Bryant rallied to win seven of the next 11 points to pull to within 24-21 on serve. However, Colpoys ended the Bulldogs' rally with a kill off a set by O'Donnell to give Holy Cross the second set, 25-21. Lynch and Colpoys paced the Crusaders with six kills each while O'Donnell had 13 assists.

In the third set, Holy Cross again jumped out to an early lead, winning eight of the first nine points. Bryant responded with its own 8-1 run to tie the third frame, 9-9. After a Holy Cross timeout, the action was even with the Crusaders eventually building a 22-17 lead. The Bulldogs scored two points to cut the deficit to 22-19, but a kill by Black and two attack errors by Bryant gave Holy Cross the third set, 25-19. O'Donnell led the Crusaders with 10 assists in the third frame, while Lynch recorded four kills. Colpoys, Surface and Black each added two kills.

The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, Oct. 10, when they play a home Patriot League contest versus first-place Army at 5:00 p.m.