WORCESTER, Mass. - The Holy Cross volleyball team has started preseason practice as it prepares for the start of the 2011 campaign. The Crusaders are coming off a 2010 season (12-21 overall, 4-10 Patriot League) that saw them earn their most overall victories since 2000 and their most conference wins since 2004. Holy Cross returns seven players who all saw crucial minutes in big matches last year and adds eight talented freshmen. The Crusaders start the season with two home matches as part of the first day of the Beanpot Classic on Aug. 26, when they take on Fairleigh Dickinson at noon and Central Connecticut at 3:00 p.m.