Sweany, Ford and Mueller Earn Week Two Volleyball Nods
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--Stony Brook's Morgan Sweany (Mission Viejo, Calif./Capistrano Valley) earned the America East Volleyball Player of the Week for the week ending September 9. Hartford's Lindsay Ford (Carson, Nev./Carson) received the Rookie of the Week award, and Binghamton's Lindsey Mueller (West Bend, Wis./West Bend West) captured Setter of the Week honors. Click here for full release.
Sweany led the conference with 5.53 points per game and averaged 4.53 kills per game in four matches last week. The senior earned a pair of double-doubles and led the Seawolves in service aces with 11. She also finished second on the team with 68 kills and 52 digs. Sweany put away 25 kills in the five-game win over Penn to close out the Seton Hall Invitational, and also completed one of her double-doubles against the Quakers, getting 19 digs and a pair of aces. She recorded a 13 kill, 16 dig double-double against Fairfield to go along with a season-high six aces in the match. Sweany was named to the Seton Hall Invitational All-Tournament Team. She also picked up 16 kills against 24th-ranked St. John's on September 4.
Ford captained the Hawks offense to a 4-0 record last week with 118 assists. She opened the week with three kills, 17 assists and three service aces against Quinnipiac. The freshman then came out to record a season-best 50 assists in a four-game win over Loyola (Md.) to open the Holy Cross Invitational on Friday. Ford finished that match with four kills and 16 digs, completing her second double-double of the season. She finished the match against Coppin State on Saturday with 26 assists and three service aces, while adding 35 assists, nine digs and two aces against Holy Cross in the final match of the tournament.
Mueller was the quarterback of a potent Bearcat attack this past weekend at the Golden Flash Invitational, where Binghamton went 3-0. Mueller recorded 136 assists for a conference-best 12.36 assists per game. The rookie recorded a pair of assist-dig double-doubles, including a 66 assist, 27 dig performance in the Bearcats' upset win over previously unbeaten Kent State. The 66 assists was the second-highest match total in Binghamton's Division I history, while the 27 digs tied for the third-highest total for a Bearcat during the DI era.
Albany (2-5, 0-0 America East) played only one match last week, a 3-2 loss at Jacksonville State on Sunday, Sept. 9... Junior middle blocker Kamisha Kellam (Forestville, Md./Bishop McNamara) led the team with 20 kills and three blocks while senior middle blocker Ashley Crenshaw (Birmingham, Ala./Hoover) added 19 kills... Freshman outside hitter Amanda Cowdrey (Brampton, Ontario/Cardinal Leger) recorded a double-double of the kill-dig variety with 14 kills and 14 digs... Freshman setter Brooke Stanley (Hendersonville, N.C./West Henderson) recorded the first double-double of her collegiate career with 39 assists and 10 digs... The Great Danes will host the annual Albany Tournament this weekend... Albany will play Eastern Michigan and Northeastern on Friday, Sept. 14 and will face off against Brown on Saturday, Sept. 15.
Binghamton (6-4, 0-0 America East) has won six of its last eight matches and four straight overall... The Bearcats were clicking on all cylinders this past weekend, defeating Canisius and Youngstown State in three-game sweeps and host Kent State in a five-game thriller to capture the Golden Flash Invitational and round out the week with a perfect 3-0 record... Junior Ashley Allen (Mill Creek, Wash./HM Jackson) was named the tournament MVP after averaging 2.82 kills and 3.00 digs per game. America East Setter of the Week Lindsey Mueller (West Bend, Wis./West Bend West) was the quarterback of a potent Bearcat Attack, as she averaged more than 45 assists per match. During the weekend tournament, she recorded a pair of double-doubles, including a 66-assist, 27-dig performance in the Bearcats' upset win over previously unbeaten Kent State. The 66 assists was the second highest match total in Binghamton's Division I history, the most since 2006 graduate Ashley Meffert recorded 69 in a five-game set against Northeastern on November 1, 2003... Senior captain Kathleen Schauer (Littleton,
Colo./Heritage) hit at a .325 clip and averaged 4.50 kills to lead Binghamton. Her stellar weekend was highlighted by a career and Binghamton Division I best 29-kill performance against Kent State. The 29 kills fell three shy of Binghamton's all-time school record and were the most for a Bearcat in over 13 years (Oct. 8, 1994)... Junior Jaclyn Strader (Kettering, Ohio/Julienne Catholic) recorded a team-, career-, and Binghamton DI-best 33 digs against the Golden Flashes. The 33 digs topped the previous record of 31 set against Buffalo on September 17, 2002. It is the highest total recorded by a Bearcat since moving to the Division I level. Strader leads the team with 5.14 digs per game... Binghamton will open its home schedule on Tuesday against Syracuse. After running off a program-best 7-0 mark on its home floor in 2006, the Bearcats begin their nine-game slate riding a school-record 14-match winning streak.
Hartford (4-5, 0-0 America East) is riding a four-match win streak into this week... The Hawks opened the week with a three-game victory over in-state rival Quinnipiac (30-20, 30-29, 30-21) on Tuesday before winning all three of their matches at the Holy Cross Invitational over the weekend. Against Quinnipiac, the Hawks were led by sophomore Erin Macro (Lincoln, RI/Lincoln), the only player to record double digit kills with 10. She was one of nine players to record at least one kill. America East Rookie of the Week Lindsay Ford (Carson, NV/Carson) and Erica Paulson (Eugene, OR/Churchill) shared setting responsibilities in the match. Ford led the team with 17 assists while Paulson added 10. As a team the Hawks finished with 13 service aces, led by Ford with three. Eight total players had at least one ace in the match... The Hawks opened the Holy Cross Invitational with a four-game win over Loyola (MD) (30-24, 22-30, 31-29, 30-27). Four players finished with double-doubles against the Greyhounds, while four players recorded double digit kills led by Hallie Fullagar (Mesa, AZ/Mountain View) who had 19. Jennifer Monroy (Rahway, NJ/Union Catholic) finished just behind her with 18 kills in her first match back from injury. Ford finished the game with 50 assists, a season high for her. Four players recorded double digit digs, led by Ford and Lauren Flores (Richmond, TX/Foster) with 16 each... The Hawks recorded three-game victories over Coppin State (30-17, 30-18, 30-18) and Holy Cross (30-16, 30-16, 30-14) to close out the Invitational. On the day, the Hawks were led by Fullagar and Macro, who both finished with 18 kills over the two matches. Ford again marshaled the Hawks offense with 35 assists against Coppin State and 26 against Holy Cross... Hartford hosts Marist on Tuesday at 6 p.m. before playing Howard, George Washington and East Carolina at the George Washington Invitational on Friday and Saturday.
Maine (1-9, 0-0 America East) won its first match of the season on Friday night against Sacred Heart, 3-1 ... Maine totalled weekend and season highs of 15 service aces, 57 kills, 55 assists and 66 digs in the match ... Juniors Margaret Page (Winnetka, IL/New Trier Township HS) and Lindsay Allman (St. Louis, MO/Rock Summit HS) had 13 kills each, while freshman Megan Smith (Dayton, OH/Bellbrook HS) went two better with 15 kills in the match ... In the match against URI, the Black Bears totaled seven service aces to URI’s one ... Maine held their own by pushing the third game to a nail-biting 32-30 final score but fell in the end ... In the match against host Yale, Maine had nine service aces to Yale’s four ... Maine, as a team, recorded a total of 31 service aces on the weekend ... Allman led the Black Bears on the weekend with 30 kills ... Junior Ashlee Wright (Muncie, IN/ Cowan HS) led Maine with 36 digs in the weekend tournament with 17 in the match against Sacred Heart alone ... Maine returns to action Friday, when the Black Bears travel to Kingston, R.I. to play a tournament with Dartmouth, Texas State and URI.
UMBC (7-1, 0-0 America East) closed the past weekend of play much like they did the week before, with three victories... The Retrievers earned victories over Providence (3-1), Rider (3-0) and host Quinnipiac (3-0) at the Bobcat Invitational this weekend after falling to George Washington, 3-1, in the home-opener of the 2007 season... Freshman Bridget Scheetz (St. Louis, Mo./Ursuline Academy) tallied 45 kills over 14 games (3.21 kpg), posted a .400 hitting percentage for the week and averaged 4.00 points per game. She was named the tournament MVP at the Bobcat Invitational... Sophomore Kira Giles (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada/Glenlawn) claimed the seventh spot on the Retrievers all-time career assists list, tallying 158 assists (12.15 apg) to bring her career total to 1,163. Giles also recorded two double-doubles over the weekend against Providence (51a, 12d) and Rider (35a, 10d)... Sophomore Ashley Oscars (Bakersfield, Calif./Liberty) led the Retrievers with 3.70 kills per game and 4.15 points per game, while playing in just three matches during the week... The Retrievers return home to take on Howard on Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. before traveling to Towson on Sept. 14-15 for the Towson Tournament against Towson, Dayton, and Western Kentucky.
New Hampshire (6-4, 0-0 America East) went 1-2 last week at the University of Maryland’s Hilton Garden Inn Greenbelt Invitational ... The Wildcats opened the tournament with a 3-0 win against Temple, then fell in straight games to Maryland and James Madison ... Senior outside hitter Emmy Blouin (St. Albert, Alberta/Paul Kane) ascended to No. 4 on UNH’s career kills list with the fifth of her 14 kills against Maryland on Sept. 9; that was Blouin’s 1,043rd career kill, which moved her past Jen Walker (1997-2000) ... Blouin enters this week with 1,075 career kills and is directly behind former teammate Erin Walker (1,280; 2002-05) on UNH’s career leaderboard ... Toni Barnas (Cary, Ill./Cary Grove) had a solid week with 23 kills on a .258 hitting percentage ... She also had six service aces ... Alyse Lahti (Pepper Pike, Ohio/Orange) recorded 44 digs in three matches (nine games) last week to increase her season average to 4.64 digs per game ... UNH improved to 5-0 in neutral-site games before falling to James Madison ... Seven of the team’s 10 matches have been decided in straight games and the Wildcats have a 5-2 record in those matches ... The ‘Cats have yet to play a five-game match this season ... This weekend’s UNH Tournament will be the home opener for New Hampshire ... The tourney field includes 35th-ranked Southern Methodist, Syracuse and Holy Cross.
Stony Brook (5-6, 0-0 America East) went 2-2 last week... America East Player of the Week senior Morgan Sweany and junior Noelle Bay were both named to the all-tournament team at the Seton Hall Invitational ... Stony Brook' libero, Bay had a total of 70 digs in the three games at Seton Hall, 40 percent of her season total ... Sweany averaged 4.53 kills per game in the four matches, and led the Seawolves with 11 service aces... Stony Brook has won at least one match in each of the three tournaments in which it has appeared ... Twice it has won twice ... With the win over Penn the Seawolves have now won all three of their five-game matches this season ... Stony Brook will not play at home again until Sept. 25... Until then, the Seawolves travel to Bucknell to take on St. Francis (Pa.), Radford and Bucknell this Friday and Saturday.