CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-- With seasons on the line in the final weekend of conference play, this week's volleyball award winners rose to the occasion with University of New Hampshire's Lindsay Fogarty (Pleasanton, Calif./Amador Valley) headlining the trio as Player of the Week. Binghamton University junior Lindsey Mueller (West Bend, Wisc./West Bend West) claimed the Setter of the Week honor, while Stony Brook University's Corinne Perry (Northport, N.Y./Northport) finished the season with two straight Rookie of the Week awards.
In two must-win matches for the Wildcats, Fogarty averaged 4.50 kills per set, and tallied five service aces and three blocks. She led the league last week with 5.31 points per set, while also leading her team to two wins and the two seed in the upcoming America East Championship. Fogarty recorded a career-high 26 kills in Saturday's come-from-behind 3-2 win over Stony Brook and registered 10 kills in a sweep of UMBC at Senior Day on Sunday. The senior outside hitter hit at a .376 clip with just four attack errors in eight sets, while also adding seven digs. This is Fogarty's second Player of the Week award this season.
The Bearcats also faced a must-win match this weekend in order to qualify for the championship, and Mueller quarterbacked the team to a 3-0 sweep of Hartford. The junior setter recorded 37 assists, eight digs, one kill and one block in the win and helped Binghamton to a .375 hitting percentage. Earlier in the week against Syracuse, Mueller amassed 31 assists, five digs, two blocks and two kills. She finished with averages of 11.33 assists, 2.17 digs, 0.50 kills and 0.50 blocks per set with one ace and a .500 hitting percentage. This is her third weekly honor of the season.
Perry recorded a double-double on Saturday at New Hampshire with 49 assists and 10 digs. It was her third double-double of the season. Perry also added one kill, one block and two service aces in the match, and averaged 9.83 assists per set. This is Perry's fourth Rookie of the Week accolade of the season and first back-to-back weekly honors.
The 2009 America East Volleyball Championshp will be hosted by top-seeded University at Albany's University Gymnasium November 20-21. Semifinals will be played Fridayat 12 p.m. and 3 p.m. with the winners vying for the title Saturday at 1 p.m. The tournament champion will receive an automatic berth into the NCAA Championship.
UAlbany (20-8 overall record, 10-0 America East record) completed its second straight undefeated conference season with a 3-0 sweep of Hartford on Saturday evening... The Great Danes were led by junior outside hitter Teresa Coppiellie (Canton, Mich./Salem), who recorded 12 kills, seven digs and a .611 hitting percentage... Junior setter Brooke Stanley (Hendersonville, N.C./West Henderson) recorded 34 assists and was just short of a double-double with nine digs... She added two kills and one service ace in the match... Stanley quarterbacked the Great Danes to a .353 hitting percentage as a team, while UAlbany held Hartford to a .047 team hitting percentage... The Great Danes outblocked the Hawks, 7-1... Kalyn Mostert (Nepean, Ontario/Marivale) led the team at the net with five total blocks, while Casey Wright (Ballston Spa, N.Y./Ballston Spa) recorded four block assists... UAlbany honored seniors Valerie Sourbeer (Valley Center, Calif./Valley Center), Hillary White (Aberdeen, S.D./Aberdeen) and Laura Livergood (Lantana, Fla./Lakewood Christian) prior to the match... UAlbany earned hosting rights for the America East Conference Tournament for the second straight season and third time in the past four years.
Binghamton (13-15, 5-5 AE) split a pair of home matches this past week, losing to Syracuse before sweeping Hartford ... Binghamton finished in a four-way tie for second place in the America East and will be seeded third due to tiebreakers for the upcoming America East Conference tournament ... Binghamton has made the postseason tournament in six-straight seasons ... The Bearcats will take on second-seeded New Hampshire in a semifinal match on Friday afternoon in Albany ... Junior hitter Michelle McDonough (Orland Hills, Ill./Andrew) led Binghamton with a 4.17 kills per set average in two matches this past weekend ... During last week, McDonough moved past recent grad Jacki Kane into fourth place on the all-time kills list at Binghamton ... McDonough now was 1,040 kills in only three seasons ... Junior setter Lindsey Mueller (West Bend, Wisc./West Bend West) led Binghamton in assists (11.33 per set) and also tallied 2.17 digs per set in two matches this past weekend ... Senior libero Brianna Strong (Elkhart, Ind./Concord) led the team with 4.83 digs per set and in the process moved into second place for the single season digs record at Binghamton ... Junior hitter Anna Lejina (Riga, Latvia/Riga Secondary/Univ. of Latvia) aided the Binghamton offense with 3.83 kills per set on the weekend ... Senior middle Dawn Lammert (Sussex, Wisc./Arrowhead) led the Bearcats in blocking, posting a 1.33 blocks per set clip to go along with 1.33 kills per set ... Lammert, Strong and fellow senior Julia Vint (Endicott, N.Y./Union-Endicott) were honored in a senior night ceremony prior to the Hartford match ... The Bearcats made the conference tournament during every year of their careers, and Strong was a member of the 2005 America East Championship team.
The University of
Hartford volleyball team (7-21, 0-10 AE) closed out the 2009 season
with a pair of road losses at Binghamton (21-25, 14-25, 19-25) and at Albany
(12-25, 20-25, 18-25) in the final weekend of the season ... The Hawks were led
against Binghamton by senior Hallie
Fullagar (Mesa, Ariz./Mountain View) who finished with 12 kills and one error
... Erin Macro (Lincoln,
R.I./Lincoln) led the Hawks in the final match of the season with nine kills
against Albany ... For the season, Macro led all players with 299 kills, while
freshman Kami Nethersole (Cortlandt
Manor, N.Y./Hendrick Hudson) finished with 216, despite missing the final five
matches of the season with an elbow injury ... Junior setter Lindsay Ford (Carson, Nev./Carson) finished her third campaign
with 845 assists, while Danielle Etta
(Cold Spring, N.Y./Haldane) led the team defensively with 230 digs, despite
missing 10 matches with an injury.
UMBC (13-9, 5-2 AE) played just one match this past week, falling at New Hampshire, 3-0, on Sunday... Sophomore Alyssa Lang (Richmond, Va./Deep Run) led the Retrievers, hitting .375 with 14 kills while adding 11 digs for her eighth double-double of the season... Freshman Ali Loynachan (Whitby, Ontario, Canada/Sinclair) was second on the team, hitting .333 with six kills on 12 swings... Lang continues to lead the Retrievers with 3.14 kills per set (232) and is second on the team in digs, averaging 2.51 per set (186)... Freshman Naomi Bush (Fruitport, Mich./Fruitport) is second on the team in kills with 2.48 per set, while hitting .233, which is third on the team. The Retrievers return to action Friday when they face No. 1 seed Albany in the America East semifinals.
The University of New Hampshire (13-14, 5-5 AE) completed an improbable run into the America East Championship by winning its final four matches and five of the last six, including a pair of a wins in the final weekend of the regular season... The Wildcats, who entered the weekend fifth in the conference standings, finished in a four-way tie for second in the league and earned the second seed in the conference championship by virtue of a tie-breaker scenario... Overall, New Hampshire has won 12 of the last 14 sets and qualifies for the AE Championship after a one-year hiatus... New Hampshire even had its back to the wall dropping the first two sets to Stony Brook on Saturday before rallying for a 3-2 win... In the win over SBU, Sara Heldman (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove) recorded a program-record 38 digs, while Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta/Bishop Carroll) recorded a season-high 19 kills, including the 1,000th of her career... Not to be outdone, Lindsay Fogarty (Pleasonton, Calif./Amador Valley) tallied a career-high 26 kills in the winning effort, while Kate Uitti (Pinckney, Mich./Pinckney) finished with a season-high 50 assists to quarterback the attack.... Bates became the sixth UNH player to attain the 1,000-kill milestone and the first since Emmy Blouin (2007)... On Sunday, the Wildcats once again needed to win or be left out of the playoffs and delivered with a straight-set win over UMBC... Fogarty registered a team-best 10 kills and hit at a .391 clip... In addition to Fogarty, Bates tallied nine kills, six digs and hit at a .368 clip... Uitti dished out a match-high 31 assists, while Heldman added 11 defensive digs... Sunday's match was also "Senior Day" at UNH where the program honored the accomplishments of its four-player senior class... UNH will play third-seeded Binghamton on Friday at 3 p.m. at University Gym on the campus of the University at Albany.
Stony Brook (13-13, 5-5 AE) finished its season with a 3-2 loss to New Hampshire... Stony Brook jumped out to a 2-0 lead but struggled offensively down the stretch and failed to close the Wildcats out... Harmonie Calinda recorded a team-high 21 kills... Ashley Headen (13), Lisa Doremus (13) and Lindsey Gordon (12) also reached double digits in kills... Freshman Corinne Perry dished out 49 assists while picking up ten digs... Jeanette Gibbs had a team high 20 digs, followed closely by Calinda's 19.
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