WORCESTER, Mass. – Holy Cross sophomore volleyball player Megan Lynch (Mendham, N.J.) has been named to the inaugural Patriot League volleyball All-Academic team. This is the second honor that Lynch has received in the last two days as she earned second team All-Patriot League accolades for the second straight season on Nov. 16.
Lynch, who has a 3.58 cumulative grade point average and is a Psychology major, is one of only seven members of the All-Academic team. The All-Academic team has been added for all sports beginning in the 2010-2011 season to honor additional student-athletes who excel both on and off the court. The team equals the size of the sport's All-Patriot League first team. To be eligible for the All-Academic team, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.20 cumulative grade point average and be a starter or key player in his/her sport. Freshmen or students in their first academic year at their school are not eligible for the honor. The team is voted on by volleyball sports information directors around the conference who could not vote for their own student-athletes. Lynch was named to the 2009 Patriot League Academic Honor Roll last year as a freshman.
Lynch concluded the 2010 season with a school record 442 kills, while her 388 digs were fourth all-time. She is the first Crusader in program history to record over 400 kills in a season. She led the Patriot League in kills and was third with 3.59 kills per set and ninth with 3.15 digs per set. Her 3.59 kills per set are ranked 95th nationally. She recorded double-digit kills in 26 of the 33 matches this season as she either led or tied for the team-lead in kills in 30 matches. Lynch had 20 double-doubles this season and 27 for her career. For the season she averaged 3.59 kills per set and 3.15 digs per set. Prior to this season, the last time someone had averaged over three kills and three digs per set in the Patriot League was in 2006. She is the first Crusader to do this since the 2005 season. She also earned all-tournament accolades at the Bryant Invitational and at the Brown Invitational this season.
In only two seasons her 813 career kills are fifth all-time at Holy Cross. She also has 621 career digs. For her career she has recorded double-digit kills in 46 of the 62 matches as she has either led or tied for the team-lead in kills in 55 of the 62 matches.
As a freshman in 2009, her 371 kills were the second most all-time at Holy Cross at the time and are the most ever by a freshman. She was the first Crusader freshman to ever earn All-Patriot League honors. Lynch was named the Patriot League Rookie of the Week twice as she was only the second Crusader to ever win that award.
The Crusaders concluded the 2010 season with a 12-21 overall record (4-10 Patriot League). Holy Cross' 12 wins were its most since going 12-16 in 2000. Also their four Patriot League victories were their most since they went 6-8 in 2004. The Crusaders won 51 sets this year. The 51 sets won were the most for Holy Cross since winning 55 in 1989.
2010 Patriot League Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year
Cassandra Ricketts, American
2010 Patriot League Volleyball All-Academic Team
Cassandra Ricketts, American, Sr.
Deborah Frantz, American, Sr.
Katerina Cinkova, American, Sr.
Amanda Rowell, Army, Sr.
Rachel Rodriguez, Bucknell, Sr.
Megan Lynch, Holy Cross, So.
Lauren Carpenter, Navy, Jr.