McDonough, Loynachan and Mueller Garner Volleyball's Weekly Awards

Release: 09/14/2009
Courtesy: America East Communications

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-- Two 2008 First-Team America East selections, Binghamton University juniors Michelle McDonough (Orland Hills, Ill./Andrew) and Lindsey Mueller (West Bend, Wis./West Bend West), garnered week three's volleyball awards. The conference office awarded McDonough, an outside hitter, the Player of the Week honor, while Mueller picked up her second Setter of the Week award of the season. UMBC's Ali Loynachan (Whitby, Ontario/Sinclair) became the second straight Retriever selected as the Rookie of the Week.

McDonough was named the MVP of the Binghamton Invite last weekend, leading the Bearcats to a 3-0 record in just 10 sets. For the weekend, the junior posted 4.70 kills and 2.00 digs per set, while hitting at a .315 percentage on 111 total attacks. McDonough posted 18 kills against Towson, 19 kills against Fairleigh Dickinson, including 17 through the first two sets, and 10 kills in a sweep of Cornell. The outside hitter added three blocks, three assists and two service aces to her weekend total. McDonough averaged 5.05 points per set in the three matches. This is her fourth career weekly honor, including one rookie of the week.

The freshman was second on the Retrievers last week in hitting percentage (.240), kills (36) and digs (39), and finished ninth in the conference for the week in kills (2.77 ps) and tied for 10th in digs (3.00 ps). Loynachan tallied two double-doubles in the final day of the Villanova Classic on Saturday against George Washington and Princeton to earn All-Tournament honors. Against the Colonials, she earned 13 kills and 10 digs, while in the win over the Tigers, she hit .345 with 11 kills and only one error and added 12 digs. This is Loynachan's first career honor from the conference office and she is the second Retriever rookie this season to garner the weekly award.

Mueller helped steer the Binghamton offense over the weekend, posting 12.40 assists per set in three wins at the Binghamton Invite. The Bearcats posted a conference-best .312 team hitting percentage last week under Mueller's guidance. Mueller recorded 49 assists in a four set win over Fairleigh Dickinson, and 42 and 33 assists in sweeps against Cornell and Towson, respectively. She also added 10 digs against FDU and three blocks against both Cornell and FDU. Mueller, a first-team all-conference selection last year, also earned this honor after week one this season.

Team Notebooks:

UAlbany (4-6 overall record, 0-0 America East record) defeated Middle Tennessee, 3-2, to open up the FIU/Miami Invitational, but lost to Florida International, 3-1, Miami, 3-0, and #22 Florida State, 3-0, to round out the tournament... Junior setter Brooke Stanley (Hendersonville, N.C./West Henderson) earned her third all-tournament honor of the season over the weekend... Stanley recorded 9.33 assists and 2.33 digs per set in the tournament... She tallied her fifth double-double of the season with a 34-assist, 16-dig performance against Miami... Senior outside hitter Valerie Sourbeer (Valley Center, Calif./Valley Center) was also an all-tournament selection... Sourbeer averaged a team-high 2.93 kills and had five total blocks over the weekend... Hillary White (Aberdeen, S.D./Aberdeen) and Teresa Coppiellie (Canton, Mich./Salem) also had productive weekends, averaging 2.70 and 2.64 kills per set, respectively... Coppiellie also averaged 2.29 digs per set and finished with five total blocks... The Great Danes will compete next weekend at the Marriot Cavalier Invitational, taking on Villanova, Virginia Tech and the host Virgina.

Binghamton (5-4, 0-0 AE) went 3-0 on the weekend and won their home tournament, the Binghamton Invite. The Bearcats defeated Towson 3-0, FDU 3-1, and Cornell 3-0 ... BU outhit its three opponents .312 to .128 ... After going 0-3 the previous weekend the Bearcats were able to get their record back over the .500 mark ... BU has now won 29 of their last 35 matches in the West Gym ... Junior outside hitter Michelle McDonough (Orland Hills, Ill./Andrew) was named the MVP of the tournament and the America East Player of the Week ... on the weekend McDonough had 4.70 kills per set, 2.00 digs per set, and hit at a .315 percentage ... McDonough had 17 kills after the first two sets against FDU and finished with 19 in the match ... McDonough also had 18 kills against Towson and 10 against Cornell ... Junior hitter Anna Lejina (Riga, Latvia/Univ. of Latvia) also had a great weekend, posting 4.30 kills per set at a .397 clip and 2.40 digs ... Lejina has had double digit kills in eight straight matches ... Lejina's season kills per set mark is now up to 3.97 and McDonough is at 3.53 ... Junior Setter of the Week Lindsey Mueller (West Bend, Wis./West Bend West) helped steer the offense, posting 12.40 assists per set, including 49 against FDU and 42 against Cornell ... Senior middle Dawn Lammert (Sussex, Wis./Arrowhead) had 2.10 kills per set and 1.10 blocks per set ... Senior libero Brianna Strong (Elkhart, Ind./Concord) tallied 5.10 digs per set on the weekend ... This weekend the Bearcats will take on Army, Iowa and Morgan St. at the Army Tournament. 

The Hartford volleyball team (5-4, 0-0 AE) picked up its second-straight home win with a 3-0 victory over the St. Francis College Terriers on Saturday afternoon ... The Hawks were led by their senior hitter, Erin Macro (Lincoln, R.I./Lincoln) who finished with a match-high 15 kills and had no errors in 21 total attempts for a .714 attack percentage, the best of her collegiate career ... Also hitting well was freshman Kami Nethersole (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y./Hendrick Hudson) and senior Hallie Fullagar (Mesa, Ariz./Mountain View). Nethersole finished with seven kills and two errors in 17 total attacks for a .294 attack percentage while Fullagar had five kills and only two errors in 19 total attempts for a .158 attack percentage ... Junior setter Lindsay Ford (Carson, Nev./Carson) directed the Hawks offense, leading both teams' setters with 33 assists ... Defensively, the Hawks were led by senior Maddison Molyneux (Caledon, Ontario/Mayfield Secondary) who was tied for the match-high with 10 digs ... Molyneux also led Hartford serving efforts, finishing with six aces ... Hartford will play its next seven matches on the road, beginning with three at the Boston College Tournament next Friday and Saturday ... The Hawks will join Rhode Island, UConn and the host Eagles for the three-match tournament.

UMBC (3-6, 0-0 AE) went 1-3 on the week, falling to George Mason, Villanova and George Washington before defeating Princeton, 3-0, in the final day of the Villanova Classic... Sophomore Iman Kennedy (Charlotte, N.C./Independence) led the Retrievers in hitting percentage (.256), kills (2.85) and blocks (13) last week including a .417 match with George Washington with 13 kills and five total blocks... Rookie of the Week Ali Loynachan (Whitby, Ontario, Canada/Sinclair) was second on the Retrievers in hitting percentage (.240), kills (36) and digs (39) last week and earned two double-doubles in the final day of the Villanova Classic on Saturday against GW and Princeton. Against GW, she earned 13 kills and 10 digs, while in the win over Princeton, she hit .345 with 11 kills and only one error and adding 12 digs... Senior Kira Giles (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada/Glenlawn) averaged 10.18 assists per set over the week, including 44 against GW and 33 in a three-set win over Princeton... Four Retrievers earned double-digit kills in the win over Princeton... Senior libero Pam Jarrett (Lincoln, Neb./Lincoln Pius X) anchored the defense, averaging 5.46 digs per set... UMBC returns to action Tuesday when they host local rival Morgan State at the RAC Arena at 7 p.m. before taking part in the Maryland Invitational this upcoming weekend. The Retrievers play Howard at 5 p.m. on Friday and VCU and Maryland on Saturday at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m., respectively.

University of New Hampshire (2-7, 0-0 AE) went 1-2 last weekend at URI's Art Carmichael Invitational... The Wildcats opened the weekend with a 3-1 loss to the host Rams... Lindsay Fogarty (Pleasanton, Calif./Amador Valley), who was named to the All-Tournament team, led the UNH offense with 10 kills and hit at a .261 clip... In addition to Fogarty, Justine Elliott (Mitchellville, Md./St. John's College) notched nine kills and seven blocks including six solos... Kate Uitti (Pinckney, Mich./Pinckney), who is now just 118 assists away from 3,000 for her career, paced the Wildcat offense with 33 assists, while defensively Sara Heldman (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove) had a team-high 12 digs... The 'Cats bounced back with a 3-1 win over Brown... In a win over Brown, Fogarty and Pauline Acres (Manhattan Beach, Calif./Mira Costa)  led the Wildcat offense with 12 and 11 kills, respectively... Uitti had a team-high 36 assists, while freshman Jansan Falcusan (Plymouth, Mich./Plymouth-Salem) added 11 assists... Defensively, Heldman and Jayde Huxtable (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles North) notched 15 and 13 digs, respectively... Against Syracuse, Fogarty once again led the way with 11 kills and a .250 hitting percentage... Acres chipped in with eight kills and a team-best nine digs... UNH returns to action on Tuesday night against Bryant University... Match time is set for 7 p.m. in Smithfield, R.I... The 'Cats return home Sept. 18-19 for the second-annual Holly Young Invitational... Wyoming, Arizona State and Harvard make up the field in this year's tournament. 

Stony Brook (4-8, 0-0 AE) posted a 3-2 record this week, including three wins at the Columbia Invitational... The Seawolves received strong all-around play from junior Ashley Headen (Alexandria, Va.) who averaged 3.05 kills/set while blocking 18 total attacks... Headen posted a team-high hitting percentage of .361 while senior Lindsey Gordon (N. Patchogue, N.Y.) attacked at a .303 clip... Defensively, junior Jeanette Gibbs (Port Jefferson, N.Y.) averaged 5.20 digs/set including a career-best 32 in the win against Columbia... Four Seawolves recorded double-digit kills against the Lions, led by freshman Greta Strenger's (Woodbury, Minn.) 15...  Senior Lisa Doremus (Glendale, Ariz.) averaged 3.94 digs/set this week and paced the Seawolves offense with 12 kills in a sweep of Quinnipiac.

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