Albany's Stanley Awarded Player and Setter of the Week; Binghamton's Roland Tabbed Top Rookie

Release: 10/19/2009
Courtesy: America East Communications

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-- After winning back-to-back Setter of the Week awards, Albany junior setter Brooke Stanley (Hendersonville, N.C./West Henderson) has captured both the America East volleyball Player and Setter of the Week for the period ending October 18. Stanley helped the Great Danes capture two league victories and become the final undefeated team in America East play. Binghamton University freshman middle blocker Alex Roland (Austin, Texas/Austin) earned the league's Rookie of the Week honor for the same period.

For her first career Player of the Week award and fourth Setter of the Week honor this season, Stanley led the Great Danes to sweeps of America East Conference rivals Stony Brook and UMBC, as well as a 3-0 win over crosstown-rival Siena on Wednesday. Stanley averaged 11.67 assists to go along with 1.11 kills, 3.11 digs and a .308 hitting percentage. She recorded a match-high 34 assists to go along with six digs and two kills versus Siena and finished with her seventh double-double of the season against Stony Brook, accumulating 35 assists and 14 digs, while also adding five kills and a .333 hitting percentage. In the weekend finale against UMBC, a battle of the final unbeaten teams in the conference, Stanley recorded 36 assists, eight digs and three kills, along with a solo block. Stanley's strong setting against the Retrievers helped the Great Danes reach a .324 hitting percentage as a team, including a .516 mark in the first set, in which UAlbany did not commit an attack error. Stanley quarterbacked Albany to a league-best team hitting percentage of .294 for the week. She is the conference's leader in assists with an average of 10.38 helpers this season, and she is also among the league leaders in service aces (0.27 aps) and digs (2.62 dps).

Roland helped Binghamton split a pair of conference matches on the weekend. Roland was a big part of the Bearcats' blocking effort, helping Binghamton out-block its opponents 23-15 on the week. She posted 1.00 blocks per set, fourth in the conference for the week, including five blocks (with two solos) against UMBC and three more blocks against Stony Brook. Roland helped Binghamton out-block UMBC 14-9 in the 3-2 loss. Roland also tallied eight kills on a .231 clips against the Retrievers and added four kills at a .273 clips against Stony Brook.

Team Notebooks:

UAlbany (14-8 overall record, 4-0 America East record) recorded 3-0 victories over all three opponents faced last week... The Great Danes started with a sweep of crosstown-rival Siena and followed with conference wins over Stony Brook on Friday and UMBC on Sunday, leaving UAlbany as the only undefeated team in the America East... Junior setter Brooke Stanley (Hendersonville, N.C./West Henderson) led the Great Danes, averaging 11.67 assists to go with 3.11 digs, 1.11 kills and a .308 hitting percentage... Stanley recorded her seventh double-double of the season against Stony Brook with 35 assists and 14 digs, and her strong setting against UMBC helped the Great Danes reach a .324 hitting percentage as a team, including a .516 mark in the first set, in which UAlbany did not commit an attack error... Senior Valerie Sourbeer (Valley Center, Calif./Valley Center/Pacific) led the team offensively with 3.67 kills per set, while Teresa Coppiellie (Canton, Mich./Salem) added 3.56 kills and 2.89 digs, along with a team-best three service aces... Sophomores Kalyn Mostert (Nepean, Ontario/Marivale) and Casey Wright (Ballston Spa, N.Y./Ballston Spa) dominated the net for the Great Danes, finishing with 1.78 and 1.44 blocks per set, respectively... Mostert finished with 14 block assists, while Wright managed four solo blocks, including back-to-back stuffs against UMBC on Sunday... Libero Laurie Gonzalez (Carolina, Puerto Rico/St. Francis School) averaged 6.33 digs per set in the three matches... UAlbany will return to conference play over the weekend, hosting Binghamton on Friday before visiting the Bearcats on Sunday.

Binghamton (11-9, 3-1 AE) split two America East matches at home this past week ... The Bearcats defeated Stony Brook 3-0, after falling to UMBC 3-2 ... On the weekend, junior hitter Michelle McDonough (Orland Hills, Ill./Andrew) led Binghamton with 3.62 kills per set, tallying 14 against UMBC and 15 against Stony Brook ... McDonough became just the seventh Bearcat to amass 900 kills in the Division I era at Binghamton on Friday night. McDonough now has 926 career kills and is chasing down the 1,000 milestone ... Junior Anna Lejina (Riga, Latvia/Riga Secondary/Univ. of Latvia) chipped in with 3.25 kills per set and also hit at a .257 clip ... Junior hitter Sandra DeVito (Manlius, N.Y./Fayetteville-Manlius) added 2.12 kills and 0.75 blocks ... DeVito had eight kills and two blocks against UMBC and nine kills and four blocks in the three-set win over Stony Brook ... Junior setter Lindsey Mueller (West Bend, Wis./West Bend West) dished out 10.25 assists per set on the weekend and also scooped 2.25 digs ... On Friday Mueller surpassed the 3,000 career assists mark and now has a total of 3,071 ... Senior middle blocker Dawn Lammert (Sussex, Wis./Arrowhead) was superb on the net, knocking down 1.62 blocks per set ... Lammert had eight blocks against UMBC and another five against Stony Brook ... Lammert led the team with a .371 hitting percentage on the week as well ... Freshman middle Alex Roland (Austin, Texas/Austin) also chipped in with 1.00 blocks per set ... Binghamton has a challenging schedule this coming week as it will take on three-time defending champion Albany twice, on the road on Friday and at home on Sunday.

Hartford (6-16, 0-5 AE) finished a two-match week with three-set losses to the Sacred Heart Pioneers (25-12, 25-11, 25-19) on Tuesday and the New Hampshire Wildcats (25-16, 25-14, 25-16) on Saturday... Against the Pioneers, Hartford was led by sophomore Michelle Cordell (Orlando, Fla./Edgewater) who finished with seven kills... Senior Erin Macro (Lincoln, R.I./Lincoln) and freshman hitter Kami Nethersole (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y./Hendrick Hudson)  each added six kills... Against the Wildcats, Nethersole led Hartford, finishing with 10 kills, the only double-digit kills effort of the week for Hartford... She finished the UNH match with only two errors in 20 total swings for a .400 hitting percentage... The Hawks will play one mid-week non-conference tilt, hosting the Providence College Friars for the first ever Dig Pink match on Wednesday at 6 p.m.... The match will be the only one of the week for Hartford.

UMBC (11-8, 3-1 AE) went 1-1 this past week, defeating Binghamton, 3-2, before falling to Albany, 3-0... It was only the fourth time the Retrievers have defeated the Bearcats in school history and the first time since the 2006 America East semifinal... Sophomore Alyssa Lang (Richmond, Va./Deep Run) led all hitters with 20 kills, while senior Ashley Oscars (Bakersfield, Calif./Liberty) added a double-double of 13 kills and 12 digs... Sophomore Allie Spaay (Kenosha, Wisc./Kenosha Tremper) and senior Kira Giles (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada/Glenlawn) each recorded double-doubles as well... Giles moved into third all-time in school history with 3,067 career assists... The Retrievers return to action when they play host to Stony Brook on Friday at 7 p.m.

The University of New Hampshire  (9-13, 1-4 AE) earned its first conference win with a sweep of Hartford on Saturday afternoon at Lundholm Gymnasium...Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta/Bishop Carroll) and Lindsay Fogarty (Pleasanton, Calif./Amador Valley) posted 14 and 10 kills, respectively, while set scores were 25-16, 25-14 and 25-16... Bates is now just 25 kills away from 1,000 for her career with 975 kills to date... With injuries and losses mounting, the Wildcats have seen impressive contributions from a handful of young players including Jessy Dick (Lethbridge, Alberta/Lethbridge Collegiate), who notched four kills and three service aces in the win over Hartford and Jessie Schnepp (East Longmeadow, Mass./East Longmeadow), who had a career-high seven digs and six receptions to go along with two kills... She also hit at a .333 clip... New Hampshire has this weekend off and will return to action Friday, Oct. 30 at 7 p.m. when they hit the road to take on the University at Albany.

Stony Brook (10-10, 2-2 AE) dropped its two road contests this week, losing to Albany 3-0 (25-14, 25-19, 25-17) and Binghamton 3-0 (25-12, 25-18, 25-22)... Senior Lindsey Gordon (N. Patchogue, N.Y.) paced the Seawolves with eight kills and a .312 hitting percentage against the Great Danes... In the match against Binghamton, senior Harmonie Calinda (Huntington, N.Y.) had a team-high nine kills and recorded six digs... Overall, Calinda led the Seawolves offense with 17 kills (2.83 kills/set)... Junior Ashley Headen (Alexandria, Va.) chipped in with 16 kills and five blocks... Freshman Corinne Perry (Northport, N.Y.) led the team with 53 assists, averaging 8.83 assists per set, while junior Jeanette Gibbs (Port Jefferson, N.Y.) had a team-high 24 digs.

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