Volleyball Defeated By Bucknell, 3-2

Chelsey O'Donnell

WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior setter Chelsey O'Donnell (Pittsburgh, Pa.) set a new Holy Cross career assists record as the Holy Cross volleyball team fell to Bucknell, 3-2, on Saturday afternoon at the Holy Cross Field House by scores of 21-25, 26-24, 25-22, 14-25 and 15-12, in Patriot League action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 10-16 overall (2-5 Patriot League), while the Bison improve to 7-12 overall (5-2 Patriot League). At the match, Holy Cross volleyball held a Dig Pink event. The Crusaders are raising money for breast cancer awareness online. To make a donation go to http://www.side-out.org/application/teams/team_page/3652.

O'Donnell recorded a season-best 57 assists as she now has 3,228 career assists. Michelle Leahy (2001-2004) held the record with 3,177 career assists. O'Donnell's 850 assists this year are fifth all-time at Holy Cross for a single season. O'Donnell also tallied 13 digs to record her 10th double-double of the season and the 29th of her career. Sophomore Megan Lynch (Mendham, N.J.) tallied a season-best 23 kills and also recorded 19 digs for her 16th double-double of the season and the 23rd of her career. Lynch's 350 kills this season are fifth all-time at Holy Cross for a single season. Freshman Alex Aycock (Jonesboro, Ark.) recorded 13 kills, while sophomore Liz Ashton (Milford, Mass.) was also outstanding with 10 kills and a career-best five blocks. Ashton also posted a team-best .474 hitting percentage. Senior Angela Chisholm (Millis, Mass.) and sophomore Elizabeth Watters (San Francisco, Calif.) also tallied double-digit digs as Chisholm posted 18 and Watters recorded 10. Freshman Christiana Blakeslee (Ashtabula, Ohio) recorded a season-best nine kills and a season-best six digs.  

The Bison were led by Kyleigh McAhren and Heidi Kamp who each recorded 10 kills, while Rachel Rodriguez tallied 29 assists. Katie Baumgarten and Leylin Marroquin each recorded 10 digs.

O'Donnell, who needed seven assists to set the record, tallied 14 assists in the first set, while Lynch had six kills as the Crusaders took the first frame by a 25-21 score. The Bison then responded by winning the second set, 26-24, and the third set, 25-22. The Crusaders forced a fifth and deciding set by winning the fourth by a score of 25-14. With the fifth set tied at 10-10, Bucknell then won five of seven points to earn the 15-12 win and to take the match.

The Crusaders return to action when they play at Patriot League opponent Lehigh on Friday, Oct. 22, at 7:00 p.m., while on Saturday, Oct. 23, Holy Cross will continue Patriot League play at Lafayette at 2:00 p.m.