Ahlers, McDonough and Tortorello Garner Volleyball Honors This Week

Release: 10/29/2007
Courtesy: America East Communications

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-- Stony Brook's Jackie Ahlers (Stony Point, N.Y./St. John's) captured the America East Volleyball Player of the Week for the second consecutive week as she helped keep the Seawolves' seven-game winning streak alive. A pair of freshmen, outside hitter Michelle McDonough (Orland Hills, Ill./Andrew) and setter Paige Tortorello (Mundelein, Ill./Mundelein), took home the rookie and setter accolades for the week ending October 28. Click here for full release.

Ahlers tallied 31 kills in a come-from-behind 3-2 victory over Albany Saturday, just five kills shy of the conference-best mark in a five-game match this season. Ahlers hit at a .403 clip, putting home eight of her kills in the deciding fifth game. She led the conference last week in both kills per game (6.20) and points per game (6.20) while helping the Seawolves extend their win streak to seven games and keep their top spot in the conference standings.

In three matches last week McDonough led Binghamton with 3.80 kills per game (sixth-best in conference last week) and 2.70 digs per game. Against New Hampshire, the rookie had a match-high tying 19 kills and 13 digs to lead the Bearcat attack. The double-double was her sixth of the season. McDonough played in 10 of Binghamton's 11 games, collecting four service aces and 4.60 points per game. This is the first weekly award of the season for McDonough.

Tortorello averaged 14.4 assists per game last weekend, including 15.5 assists per game in a 3-1 upset win over UMBC on Saturday. In Friday's match against Binghamton, the rookie only played in one game but still managed 10 assists. In Saturday's match against the Retrievers, Tortorello tallied 62 assists in four games coming just seven short of a school record. She totaled 13 digs as well to tally her first career double-double of the assist-dig variety. Tortorello also recorded a perfect attack percentage in three attempts in the match against UMBC. This is first weekly award for a Black Bear this season.

Team Notebooks:

Albany (16-8 overall record, 5-3 America East record) split two conference matches over the weekend... The Great Danes fell, 3-2, in a conference match-up at Stony Brook before defeating Hartford, 3-0... Junior middle blocker Kamisha Kellam (Forestville, Md./Bishop McNamara) averaged 3.25 kills and 1.75 blocks per game... In the win over Hartford, Kellam had a team-high 15 kills and nine total blocks... In the loss to Stony Brook, she finished with 11 kills and five total blocks, while averaging a .411 hitting percentage in the two matches... Freshman outside hitter Amanda Cowdrey (Brampton, Ontario/Cardinal Leger) led the Great Danes, averaging a team-high 3.62 kills and 3.75 digs per game... She finished with a double-double against Stony Brook, recording 17 kills and 15 digs against the Seawolves... She then recorded her 14th double-double of the season and her 10th straight match with double-figure kills against Hartford, finishing with 12 kills and 15 digs to go along with two service aces and two block assists... Cowdrey is second on the team with 3.47 kills and 3.47 digs per game... Senior middle blocker Ashley Crenshaw (Birmingham, Ala./Hoover) leads the team, averaging 3.54 kills per game... Crenshaw is also averaging 0.81 blocks per game and has recorded 22 service aces... The Great Danes return home after a five-match road stretch, hosting Binghamton on Friday at 7 p.m. and UMBC on Sunday at 3 p.m.

(15-15, 6-3) posted a 2-1 mark on the week, recording victories over Siena and Maine, before dropping a four-game decision at New Hampshire...America East Rookie of the Week Michelle McDonough (Orland Hills, Ill./Andrew) led Binghamton with 3.80 kills and 2.70 digs per game. Against New Hampshire, McDonough had a match-high tying 19 kills and 13 digs to lead the Bearcat attack. The double-double was her sixth of the season...Senior Jacki Kane (Centennial, Colo./Grandview) led the Bearcat front row with 1.90 blocks per game. Kane moved into third on BU's all-time block list. She now has 585 career blocks - just 16 shy of Julie Van Schaick 87 for the second spot....Binghamton has now won nine of its last 12 matches and sits in a tie for second in the league standings headed into a Friday night date at Albany.

(7-19, 0-8) dropped its only match last week, the first of four-straight at home, in a three-game decision against Albany. The Hawks were led in that match by Katie O’Hara (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton/Colorado State) who was the only player to finish in double digits with 12 kills. She finished the match hitting .478 from the floor with one error in 23 total attacks. Sarah Rasor (Tampa, Fl./Acad. of the Holy Names) and Lindsay Ford (Carson, Nev./Carson) split the setting responsibilities with Rasor leading the team with 22 assists, and Ford adding 11. Defensively, the Hawks were led by Sarah Boss (Fremont, N.H./Pinkerton Academy) who was the only player to finish with double digit digs with 11. The Hawks will close out the home portion of their schedule with three matches this week. They welcome Providence in the final non-conference tilt of the season before New Hampshire (Friday 6 p.m.) and Maine (Sunday 1 p.m.) join the Hawks for two matches over the weekend. Prior to Sunday’s match the Hawks will honor their four seniors, Rasor, Jennifer Monroy (Rahway, N.J./Union Catholic), Lauren Flores (Richmond, Texas/Foster) and Ljiljana Zecevic (Zemun Beograd, Serbia/Philological).

Maine (3-19, 2-7) hosted confernce rivals Binghamton and UMBC on Friday and Saturday night, respectively... Maine lost the match against Binghamton, 3-0, but came back the next night and won the match against UMBC, 3-1... In the match against Binghamton, Maine was led in kills by junior Amanda Armstrong who tallied a match-high of 11... Classmate Lindsay Allman added nine kills of her own... Junior Jessica Wolfenden started as setter for the Black Bears totalling 26 assists... Juniors Ashlee Wright and Allman also had match-highs of 13 digs each... Allman also had three service aces in the match... Maine had more kills than the Bearcats with 41 to their 39 but Binghamton had more blocks with a 16-10 ratio... In the match against UMBC on Saturday night, Maine was in rare form... Five Black Bear players were in double digits in kills (Smith, Lawson, Allman, Armstrong, Page) with Allman leading the way with 18... Maine recorded a team total of 72 kills in the match averaging 18 kills per game... Five Black Bears were in double digits in digs as well (Wright, Root, Smith, Tortorello, Allman) with Allman leading the way again with 26... America East Setter of the Week freshman Paige Tortorello recorded 62 assists, seven shy of a school record, in the win averaging 15.5 assists per game... Maine totalled 72 kills to UMBC’s 50 and 105 digs to the Retriver’s 89... Maine had a short ceremony before the match in memory of Marina Ivankovic... Ivankovic was a former Black Bear volleyball player who passed away last Tuesday due to medical complications... Maine is dedicating the rest of the season to her... Maine returns to action this weekend to play two away matches at Stony Brook and Hartford on Friday and Sunday, respectively.

(19-9, 5-4) lost two straight matches last week and have now last their last four as they fell to New Hampshire, 3-2, on Friday night and Maine, 3-1, on Saturday night... With starting sophomore setter Kira Giles (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada/Glenlawn) out due to injury, senior Stacey Carroll (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) took control of the setting duties for the Retrievers, recording two double-doubles in as many matches... Carroll tallied 48 assists and 17 digs against New Hampshire and then totaled 45 assists and 20 digs versus Maine while averaging 10.33 assists per game, 0.33 service aces per game, 4.11 digs per game, and 0.78 blocks per game... Freshman Bridget Scheetz (St. Louis, Mo./Ursuline Academy) also had a good week for the Retrievers as she added one solo and 11 assisted blocks (1.33/game) to become the all-time UMBC leader for assisted blocks in a single season (96)... The Wildcats forced Friday’s match to five sets and began the fifth game with an 8-0 run behind Kate Uitti as the Retrievers fell, 15-6... Saturday was another close match, but the Retrievers struggled with errors in game four as they fell, 30-26, to the Black Bears... The Retrievers continue their four-match roadstand as they travel to Albany on Sunday, Nov. 4 before taking on Navy in their last non-conference match of the season in Annapolis, Md. on Tuesday, Nov. 6.

New Hampshire
(17-7, 6-3) went a perfect 2-0 on the week picking up pivotal conference wins over UMBC and Binghamton to move into a tie for second-place in the America East standings... The Wildcats, who are looking to make a return to the post season after a three-year absence, have already surpassed their win total from each of the past three seasons and are in the mix coming into the final weeks of the regular season... The pair of wins were extra sweet after losing to both foes earlier this season on the road... In Friday's 3-2 win over UMBC, senior outside hitter Jeanne Czipri (Aurora, Ill./West Aurora) recorded a career-high 18 kills as well as four blocks to spark the win... Including Czipri, who tallied a .390 hitting percentage, five Wildcats finished with double digits in kills. Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta/Bishop Carroll) recorded a match-high 19 kills and the trio of Toni Barnas (Cary, Ill./Cary Grove), Emmy Blouin (St. Albert, Alberta/Paul Kane) and Lindsay Fogarty (Pleasanton, Calif./Amador Valley) finished with 11 kills apiece. Kate Uitti (Pinckney, Mich./Pinckney) directed the Wildcat attack with 65 assists... On Sunday, Fogarty recorded a career-high 19 kills and hit at a .586 clip to pace the 3-1 win over UMBC... UNH played in front of a pink-splattered crowd of 503 during the Dig for the Cure event... Fogarty led three Wildcats in double figures in kills as Bates added 15 kills and Barnas had 13... Uitti set up the Wildcat offense with 59 assists... The day was a special one for the volleyball team, which wore pink uniforms and helped raise over $2,500 for breast cancer during the “Dig for the Cure” event... Today’s match was one of over 60 matches in the nation that was part of the “Dig for the Cure"... New Hampshire returns to action on Friday, Nov. 2 at Hartford (6 p.m.)... The Wildcats, who are 8-1 at home the season, return home on Sunday, Nov. 11 (1 p.m.) against Albany... The match, which is the regular-season finale, has been targeted as “Senior Day” when the program will honor the accomplishments of its four-player senior class.

Stony Brook
(19-7, 7-1) has won seven matches in a row and 15 of 16. America East Player of the Week senior Jackie Ahlers (Stony Point, N.Y.) tallied a match-high 31 kills and senior Morgan Sweany (Mission Viejo, Calif.) added 22 as the Stony Brook women's volleyball team rallied from 2-0 down for their seventh straight victory, a 3-2 win over Albany, avenging their only conference loss of the season. Ahlers recorded a hitting percentage of .403 for the Seawolves who also got a double-double (67 assists, 17 digs) from senior Kaitlyn Deutsch (St. Louis, Mo.). Junior Noelle Bay (Selden, N.Y) led Stony Brook with a match-high 21 digs. Stony Brook took a quick 6-4 lead in game five but the Great Danes would rally to tie it at six and seven. The Seawolves responded with kills from senior Amy Oleksiej (Coram, N.Y.) and Deutsch to take a 9-7 advantage and force an Albany timeout. The Great Danes would hang in the game, cutting the lead to one at 11-10 but Ahlers answered with a kill and the Seawolves closed it out on Sweany's 21st kill of the match. The Seawolves are now 7-1 in five-game matches this season. The Seawolves also recorded a season-high 83 kills in the match... Stony Brook hosts second-place New Hampshire on Sunday at 1 p.m.