WORCESTER, Mass. – The Holy Cross volleyball program has named seniors Angela Chisholm (Millis, Mass.) and Chelsey O'Donnell (Pittsburgh, Pa.) as 2010 team captains. This will be the second straight season in which Chisholm and O'Donnell will lead the Crusaders.
"It is so great to have two experienced captains coming back," said Holy Cross head volleyball coach Marritt Cafarchia. "Chelsey and Angela have been integral in creating a positive culture and work ethic in our program. Both girls are not only fully committed but enthusiastic about each day in the gym and it is contagious to their teammates. Not only do we have great captains but this year's senior class is a very special group to me. It was their freshmen spring when I first started here at Holy Cross. I have watched them all put so much hard work in. They are amazing leaders and fantastic players and people. We want to send them out on a very high note for all of the work and fun they have brought into this program."
Chisholm concluded her junior season fourth around the Patriot League with a career-best 360 digs which are third all-time at Holy Cross for a season. She posted double-digit digs 16 times in 2009, including three times with over 20 digs. During the 2008 season, Chisholm led the team with 241 digs. As a freshman, she ranked fifth on the team with 112 digs. For her career she has played 77 matches and has 713 digs.
O'Donnell, who has been a starter as a setter her entire Holy Cross career, is only the second Crusader to ever record 2,000 career assists. She ended the 2009 season with a career-best 893 assists which are second on the Holy Cross all-time single-season assists list and third on the 2009 Patriot League leaders list. For her career, O'Donnell is second all-time at Holy Cross with 2,378 assists. She also finished the season third around the league with a career-best 37 service aces. Her 891 assists as a freshman now rank third on the Holy Cross all-time single-season list and she led the Patriot League in assists by freshmen. She has played 82 career matches.
The Crusaders return 10 players with five starters and welcome two freshmen.