Volleyball Falls To Army, 3-2

Liz Ashton

WORCESTER, Mass. – Senior setter Chelsey O'Donnell (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and sophomore Megan Lynch (Mendham, N.J.) each recorded double-doubles, but the Holy Cross volleyball team fell to Army, 3-2, on Saturday afternoon at the Holy Cross Field House by scores of 20-25, 20-25, 25-23, 25-13 and 15-13, in Patriot League action. With the loss, the Crusaders fall to 11-18 overall (3-7 Patriot League), while the Black Knights improve to 16-11 overall (9-1 Patriot League).

O'Donnell earned her 12th double-double of the season and the 31st of her career with 42 assists and 12 digs, while Lynch tallied her 18th double-double of the season and the 25th of her career with 18 kills and 15 digs. Sophomore Elizabeth Watters (San Francisco, Calif.) led the Crusaders with 24 digs, while senior Angela Chisholm (Millis, Mass.) recorded 13 digs and freshman Christiana Blakeslee (Ashtabula, Ohio) had a season-best 12 digs. Sophomore Callie Black (Fallon, Nev.) recorded 11 kills and sophomore Liz Ashton (Milford, Mass.) tallied 10 kills and a team-best five blocks. Junior Kathleen Colpoys (Scituate, Mass.) recorded nine kills.

Lynch's 389 kills this season are a career best and are second all-time at Holy Cross for a single season as she is eight kills away from setting a new school record. The all-time record is 396 by Caitlin Agostinacchio in 2004. Chisholm's 385 digs this season are a career best and are third all-time at Holy Cross, while O'Donnell's 953 assists this season are a career best and are also third all-time.

Army was led by Francine Vasquez who recorded a double-double with 22 kills and 14 digs, while Karyn Powell also tallied a double-double with 54 assists and 14 digs. Ariana Mankus gave Army its third double-double with 13 kills and 18 digs. Brittany Jensen led the Black Knights with 27 digs.

The Crusaders took the first two sets by winning each set by a 25-20 score. Lynch led the Crusaders in the first set with five kills, while Ashton led Holy Cross in the second set with five kills. Army forced a fifth set by winning the third set, 25-23, and the fourth set, 25-13. With the fifth set tied at 8-8, the Black Knights won five straight points to take a 13-8 lead. The Crusaders then answered with four consecutive points of their own to make the score 13-12. Vasquez then recorded a kill to give Army a match point at 14-12. With the score now 14-13, Vasquez gave the Black Knights the victory with a kill from an assist by Powell.

The Crusaders return to action on Friday, Nov. 5, when they play Patriot League opponent American at the Holy Cross Field House at 7:00 p.m., while on Saturday, Nov. 6, the Crusaders will play their last home match of the season when they meet Navy in a Patriot League contest at 4:00 p.m. for Senior Day.