Jan. 31, 2007
WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross junior volleyball player Christine Strawson (Torrington, Conn.) has been named the Patriot League Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year for the second straight year, as announced by the conference office today. A biology major, Strawson has a 3.92 cumulative grade-point average. Also, a total of eight Holy Cross volleyball players earned a spot on the Patriot League Academic Honor Roll.
This is the third straight season that a Crusader has been named the Patriot League Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year as Caitlin Agostinacchio received the honor for the 2004 season. This is the fourth time a Holy Cross volleyball player has received this award as Kathy Attar earned the honor in 1996.
Strawson had an outstanding season as she led the team and ranked second in the Patriot League in kills per game with 4.17 as she tied a school single-season record. Her 363 kills are the second highest in school history, surpassing her 351 kills of a year ago. She was also solid on defense as she was third on the team in digs per game with 2.99. Strawson recorded double-digit kills in 22 of 25 matches and registered 11 double-doubles. She was named to the all-tournament team in all three regular season tournaments that the Crusaders participated in.
For her career, Strawson's 930 kills are currently second all-time in school history, while she has been named to six straight regular season all-tournament teams during the last two seasons. She was selected to the all-Patriot League second team in both 2005 and 2006.
In November, Strawson was named to the 2006 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District I first team, while she earned a spot on the second team in 2005.
In addition to Strawson, senior Chrissy Fanning (East Amherst, N.Y.), senior Valerie Mora (San Antonio, Texas), junior Katie Fitzpatrick (Queensbury, N.Y.), sophomore Molly Anderson (Weston, Conn.), sophomore Kim Sweet (Walpole, Mass.), freshman Liz Auger (Barnstable, Mass.) and freshman Anastasia Quinn (Wilmington, Del.) all earned spots on the Academic Honor Roll.
A total of 55 student-athletes from volleyball teams around the league were named to the honor roll. To be eligible for the Academic Honor Roll, a student-athlete must earn a 3.20 grade-point average in the fall semester and be awarded a varsity letter in one of the seven League-sponsored fall championship sports.
For the complete Patriot League Academic Honor Roll in PDF format, click here.