Updated: September 29, 2010 3:09 pm (ET)
by America East Communications
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-- America East named a trio of weekly volleyball award winners for the week ending September 5, all of whom led their respective teams to their first victories of the 2010 season. Providence College junior middle blocker Lauren Fletcher (Syracuse, N.Y.) earned Player of the Week honors, UMBC freshman outside hitter Ali Goc (Oshawa, Ontario/R.S. McLaughlin Collegiate) took home the Rookie of the Week award, while Binghamton University junior Julie Chambers (Nichols, N.Y./Tioga) received her first Setter of the Week nod.
Fletcher took over the conference lead for kills with an outstanding week as she also helped the Friars pick up their first win of the season. Last week, she led the conference in hitting percentage (.296 on 152 TA) and kills (4.06 kps), and was second in blocks (1.31 bps) with seven solo and 14 assisted.
In Providence's midweek win over Holy Cross, 3-1, Fletcher tallied 22 kills, four blocks, two digs and an ace. Over the weekend, she was named to the Bucknell Invite All-Tournament Team where she totaled 43 kills. Against Iona, Fletcher recorded 11 kills and six blocks, and in the finale against the host Bison, she tallied 24 kills on .477 hitting and six blocks.
Goc started each of her first four games of her collegiate career, leading the Retrievers to a 2-2 week to open the season. She led all America East rookies last week in kills (3.00 kps) and points (3.67 pps), while also tallying six total blocks, five service aces and 18 digs (1.5 dps).
In her debut performance against Coppin State, Goc recorded 12 kills against just one error for .458 hitting efficiency. She also finished the match with two assists, four aces, three digs and two block assists for a well-rounded outing. Against Loyola, Goc registered seven kills, 10 digs and three block assists. To finish the weekend, the freshman earned a new career high with 14 kills on .310 hitting at Morgan State. She added one more ace, three digs and a block assist in the finale.
Chambers quarterbacked Binghamton last week and led America East with 9.36 assists per set. She improved her season average to 9.20 assists per set with 103 helpers in 11 sets last week.
In a 3-1 win over Jacksonville at the Sacred Heart Invitational, Chambers came up with 36 assists, five kills and seven digs. In the next match against Dartmouth, she dished out a match-high 40 assists along with six digs. Chambers finished the weekend with a 27-assist, eight-dig performance against Sacred Heart. For the week, the junior also added two aces and two blocks.
Albany (3-3 overall, 0-0 America East) went 1-2 over the weekend at Florida's Campus USA Credit Union Invitational... The Great Danes lost 3-0 decisions to #6 Florida and #15 Colorado State on Friday before posting a 3-0 sweep of their own over Bowling Green on Saturday... Junior middle hitter Casey Wright (Ballston Spa, N.Y./Ballston Spa) led the Great Danes over the weekend, wrapping up the tournament with a 13-kill, nine-block performance against Bowling Green en route to being named to the all-tournament team... Wright also recorded a team-high nine kills against Colorado State... Senior outside hitter Teresa Coppiellie (Canton, Mich./Salem) led Albany against Florida with six kills and four digs before finishing with a double-double of 11 kills and 12 digs versus Bowling Green... Freshman setter Kaley Jacobson (Watertown, Wis./Watertown) recorded back-to-back double-doubles of the assist-dig variety... In the loss to Colorado State, Jacobson finished with 17 assists and 12 digs before racking up 31 assists and 12 digs, along with four block assists, in the sweep of Bowling Green... Albany will compete at the Middle Tennessee Invitational over the weekend, facing UAB, Arkansas and the host Blue Raiders.
Binghamton (1-5, 0-0 AE) defeated Jacksonville 3-1 for its first win of the season at the Sacred Heart Invitational...Binghamton defeated Jacksonville behind Michelle McDonough's (Orlando Hills, Ill./Andrew) 17 kills and 7 digs... Freshman Xiomara Ortiz (South Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) chipped in with a game-high 17 digs from the libero position... Binghamton dropped its final two matches of the weekend to Dartmouth and tournament-host Sacred Heart... Binghamton was able to take a set from Dartmouth but fell in straight sets to Sacred Heart... Senior Anna Lejina (Riga, Latvia/Riga Secondary School/University of Latvia) put down 21 kills against Dartmouth while junior Julie Chambers (Nichols, N.Y./Tioga) dished out a season-high 40 assists... In a straight set loss to Sacred Heart, the Bearcats managed little offense as sophomore Alex Roland (Austin, Texas/Austin) totaled six kills and three blocks...McDonough and Lejina led Binghamton's offense over the weekend with 3.55 and 3.45 kills per set, respectively... Chambers hit the century mark in total assists with 103, averaging 9.36 per set...Ortiz averaged a team-high 3.82 digs per set...Binghamton travels to Niagara Wednesday night (Sept. 8), with the first set beginning at 7 p.m...The Bearcats will stay in the Buffalo-area for the UB Blue and White Classic. The y open the tournament with host Buffalo Friday, Sept. 10 at 7 p.m.
The Hartford volleyball team (0-7, 0-0 AE) dropped four matches last week, including three at the UConn Toyota Classic over the weekend... Sophomore outside hitter Kami Nethersole (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y./Hendrick Hudson) led the Hawks through the week, despite missing the Marist match with an injury... She finished the week with 32 kills and a .176 hitting percentage... She also added 26 digs on the week... Rookie outside hitter Dionna Kirton (Everett, Wash./King's) finished second on the team with 23 kills, while leading the Hawks with a .226 hitting percentage with just nine errors in 62 total attacks... She also finished among the week's leaders in digs with 28 digs... Two other players finished the week with more than 20 kills as Michelle Cordell (Orlando, Fl./Edgewater) and Sydney Scott (Allen, Texas/Danbury) each finished with 21 kills... Senior setter Lindsay Ford (Carson, Nev./Carson) captained the Hawks offense through the week, finishing with 102 total assists, while junior defensive specialist Danielle Etta (Cold Spring, N.Y./Haldane) led the Hawks defense with 40 digs, while redshirt freshman Lindsay Swan (Fredericksburg, Va./Fredericksburg Christian) led the blocking efforts with 12 total blocks ... The Hawks will play four matches in the coming week, one mid-week tune-up at Holy Cross and then three over the weekend at the Quinnipiac Tournament with Dartmouth and St. Peter's joining the Hawks in Hamden, Conn.
UMBC (2-2, 0-0 AE) opened its 2010 season last weekend with the Battle of Baltimore. The Retrievers finished 2-2 with wins over Morgan State and Coppin State and defeats to Loyola and Towson… Junior Iman Kennedy (Charlotte, N.C./Independence) was named to the Battle of Baltimore All-Tournament Team after leading the Retrievers in hitting percentage (.254) and blocks (1.25 blocks per set)… The Retrievers averaged 2.58 service aces per set with junior Sabrina Hoeks (Olympia, Wash./AG West Black Hills), who led the America East last season with 0.43 service aces per set, serving 11 in 12 sets played (0.92 aps)… Freshman Ali Goc (Oshawa, Ontario, Canada/R.S. McLaughlin Collegiate) led the team with 3.00 kills per set, while fellow freshman Hallie Carter (Huntington Beach, Calif./Edison) led the Retrievers with 3.83 digs per set… The Retrievers return to action Tuesday night at home against George Washington before hosting the Madison Bingaman Memorial Tournament presented by the BWI Holiday Inn this weekend… This year’s tourney features six teams including Brown, Howard, Sacred Heart, Towson and Big Ten power Ohio State.
The University of New Hampshire volleyball team (2-4, 0-0 AE) went 0-3 at the Harvard Invitational this weekend... The Wildcats lost a heartbreaking five setter to Boston College on Friday night, before dropping a pair of matches to Eastern Illinois, 3-0, and Bryant, 3-1, on Saturday... Junior Amy Keding (Northbrook, Ill./Glenbrook North) was named to the All-Tournament team at Harvard, amassing 38 kills, 25 digs, 12 blocks and four assists over the weekend... In addition, Lauren Laquerre (Concord, N.H./Concord) added 33 kills and 20 digs... Reigning America East Setter of the Week Sara Heldman (Greenwood, Ind.) had another solid week with 98 assists, 28 digs and four service aces... The Wildcats open the home portion of their 2010 schedule on Tuesday night against Northeastern University... Game time is 7 p.m. at Lundholm Gymnasium... The 'Cats will travel to Rhode Island to compete in URI's Art Carmichael Invitational.
The Providence College volleyball team (1-7, 0-0 AE) scored its first win of the season in a four-set match against Holy Cross... The Friars were led in the match by junior Lauren Fletcher (Syracuse, N.Y.), who notched 22 kills and hit .294, while adding four blocks... The match also saw junior Shelagh Dolan (Westford, Mass.) record 11 kills, while junior setter Carly Morrison (Larkspur, Calif) picked up 38 assists... The Friars continued tournament action, traveling to Lewisburg, Pa. to take part in the Bucknell Invite... Providence fell to Iona in the opener, despite 11 kills from Fletcher, while Morrison and junior Lauren Hendel (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y.) added nine kills each...The Friars fell in the second match of the weekend to Eastern Michigan in three sets...The final match of the week saw Providence drop a heart-breaking five-set decision to the host team, Bucknell... Fletcher's 24 kills helped the Friars to a lead after three sets, however Providence would drop the fourth, before losing the fifth set, 16-14... Fletcher continues to lead the team with 126 kills, good for 4.06 per set with a .322 hitting percentage... Morrison also continues to put up solid numbers, now with a total of 205 assists, good for 6.61 per set.
The Seawolves (1-6, 0-0 AE) went 1-3 on the week, picking up their first victory of the season at Yale Invitational on Saturday with a 3-0 win over the Quinnipiac Bobcats ... Junior Alicia Nelson (Apple Valley, Minn./Eastview) recorded a double-double (15 kills, 13 digs) against the Bobcats... She also hit .400... Nelson has led Stony Brook in kills in all seven matches... SBU hit a season-high .278 against Quinnipiac... The Seawolves held their opponents under a .300 hitting percentage in all three matches at the Yale Invitational... Senior Jeanette Gibbs (Port Jefferson, N.Y./Ward Melville) had a game-high 16 digs against Quinnipiac... The Seawolves lost to St. John's, 3-0, in their opening match of the week... SBU held the Red Storm to a .258 hitting percentage in each of the final two sets... Stony Brook fell to Yale, 3-1, in the opening match of the Yale Invitational ... The Seawolves won the second set, 25-11... SBU hit .391 in that set... Stony Brook lost to Rhode Island, 3-1, as well on the second day of the Yale Invitational.