EASTON, Pa. – Sophomore Megan Lynch (Mendham, N.J.) and senior setter Chelsey O'Donnell (Pittsburgh, Pa.) each recorded double-doubles as the Holy Cross volleyball team defeated Lafayette, 3-1, on Saturday afternoon at Kirby Sports Center by scores of 20-25, 25-22, 31-29 and 25-16, in Patriot League action. With the win, the Crusaders improve to 11-17 overall (3-6 Patriot League), while the Leopards fall to 4-19 overall (0-9 Patriot League). The Crusaders' 11 wins are the most since they went 11-14 in 2001.
Lynch tallied her 17th double-double of the season and the 24th of her career with 14 kills and 20 digs, while O'Donnell recorded her 11th double-double of the season the 30th of her career with 41 assists and 11 digs. The Crusaders were outstanding at the net as junior Kathleen Colpoys (Scituate, Mass.) and sophomore Liz Ashton (Milford, Mass.) each posted a career-best seven blocks, while sophomore Callie Black (Fallon, Nev.) recorded a career-best six blocks and freshman Christiana Blakeslee (Ashtabula, Ohio) recorded five blocks. Black also had 10 kills and Colpoys had nine. Sophomore Elizabeth Watters (San Francisco, Calif.) notched 13 digs, while senior Angela Chisholm (Millis, Mass.) recorded 11.
Lynch's 371 kills this season are tied for second all-time at Holy Cross for a single season as she recorded 371 kills last season as a freshman. The all-time record is 396 by Caitlin Agostinacchio in 2004. Chisholm's 372 digs this season are a career best and are third all-time at Holy Cross, while O'Donnell's 911 assists this season are a career best and are third all-time.
Lafayette was led by Kayly Elmer who recorded a double-double with 16 kills and 11 digs, while Sarah Frohnapfel posted 43 assists. Mackenzie Larsen recorded 24 digs. Katrina Racibarskas recorded 14 kills.
After dropping the first set by a 25-20 score, the Crusaders responded by winning the second set, 25-22. Lynch led the Crusaders with four kills in the set. Holy Cross won the third set by a 31-29 score as Lafayette fought off three set points and the Crusaders fought off two, before Holy Cross capitalized on its fourth set point with a kill by O'Donnell. With the fourth set tied at 10-10, the Crusaders then won 15 of the next 21 points for the 25-16 victory clinching the match.
The Crusaders return to action on Saturday, Oct. 30, when they play Patriot League opponent Army at the Holy Cross Field House at 5:00 p.m.