Volleyball Defeats Bryant, 3-1, To Earn First Victory Of The Season

Rebecca DeSanti

SMITHFIELD, R.I. - Junior setter Chelsey O'Donnell (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and freshman Megan Lynch (Mendham, N.J.) each recorded double-doubles, while three Crusaders tallied double-digit kills and the team had a .317 hitting percentage as the Holy Cross volleyball team defeated Bryant, 3-1, on Wednesday night at the Chace Athletic Center by scores of 20-25, 25-15, 25-18 and 25-13. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 1-5 overall, while the Bulldogs fall to 1-6 overall. Last year, Holy Cross went 0-2 versus Bryant falling 3-0 and 3-1.

O'Donnell had her 13th double-double of her career and her second of the season with 42 assists and 14 digs, while Lynch posted her first collegiate double-double with 16 kills and 10 digs. Her 16 kills are the most by any Crusader this season.

Junior Rebecca DeSanti (Hampden, Mass.) also had a very strong match as she tallied a career-best 13 kills, while sophomore Kathleen Colpoys (Scituate, Mass.) earned 10 kills. The Crusaders were also very impressive on defense as four Holy Cross players had double-digit digs. Along with O'Donnell and Lynch who each had double-digit digs, junior libero Angela Chisholm (Millis, Mass.) had 13 digs and freshman Elizabeth Watters (San Francisco, Calif.) had 11 digs. Senior Samantha Surface (Fresno, Calif.) was also a key contributor to the victory as she tallied eight kills and eight digs, while freshman Callie Black (Fallon, Nev.) led the team with four blocks.

Bryant was led by Maria Scocca and Jazmin Stoner who each recorded 14 kills. Robyn Gardner led all players with 20 digs. Julie Geonnotti had a double-double with 21 assists and 11 digs, while Adriana Fuertes had also had a double-double with 19 assists 10 digs.

After losing the first set by a score of 25-20, the Crusaders answered with a 25-15 second-set win as DeSanti led Holy Cross with five kills for the set. The Crusaders clinched a 25-18 third-set victory with a kill by Lynch. With the fourth set tied at 4-4, Holy Cross then won eight of the next nine points to move out to a 12-5 lead. With the Crusaders now leading by a score of 18-13, Holy Cross earned seven straight points to win the set and the match. Lynch led the way with five fourth-set kills.

The Crusaders return to action when they host the Beanpot Classic at the Holy Cross Field House on Saturday, Sept. 12. The Crusaders will meet Northeastern at 12:00 p.m. and Boston College at 5:00 p.m. The Huskies and the Eagles will play at 2:30 p.m.