Feb. 1, 2006
WORCESTER, Mass. - Holy Cross sophomore volleyball player Christine Strawson (Torrington, Conn.) has been named the Patriot League Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year, as announced by the conference office today. A biology major, Strawson has a 3.93 cumulative grade-point average and was one of only three volleyball players in the league to earn a 4.00 grade-point average in the fall.
Earlier this year, Strawson was named to the Patriot League Volleyball All-League Second Team and the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District I Second Team. This season she led the team in kills (351) and digs (278). Her 351 kills and 4.08 kills per game ranks her second on the all-time Holy Cross single-season list. Strawson finished second in the Patriot League in kills per game, seventh in kills and 11th in digs per game (3.23). She recorded double digits in kills in 21 of 26 matches this season, while she registered 12 double-doubles.
Strawson is the second Crusader in a row to be named the Patriot League Volleyball Scholar-Athlete of the Year as her former teammate Caitlin Agostinacchio received the honor last year.
In addition to Strawson, senior Caitlin O'Callaghan (Brooklyn, N.Y.), junior Chrissy Fanning (East Amherst, N.Y.) and sophomore Katie Fitzpatrick (Queensbury, N.Y.) all earned spots on the Academic Honor Roll. Fitzpatrick earned a 3.98 grade-point average in the fall semester, while O'Callaghan and Fanning each had a 3.68.
A total of 47 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.