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Stony Brook freshman middle blocker Evann Slaughter had a career-high six blocks in the Seawolves' 3-2 win over UMBC last weekend.
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Coppiellie, Slaughter and Chambers Earn Volleyball Awards

Release: 11/08/2010
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CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-- A trio of volleyball student-athletes captured America East weekly awards today for the week ending November 7. University at Albany senior outside hitter Teresa Coppiellie (Canton, Mich./Salem) earned the Player of the Week award for the third-straight week, while Stony Brook middle blocker Evann Slaughter (Clinton, Md./Oxon Hill) and Binghamton University junior Julie Chambers (Nichols, N.Y./Tioga) earned Rookie and Setter of the Week nods, respectively.

The three award winners helped their teams secure berths to the 2010 America East Volleyball Championship November 19-20. UMBC also clinched one of the four bids to the conference tournament. The winner of the league championship will receive in automatic berth to the NCAA Championship.

Coppiellie is again the Player of the Week after leading the Great Danes to two more wins on the road last week. The senior averaged 4.29 kills, 2.00 digs. 5.07 points and 0.86 blocks per set in two matches, while hitting at .360, the third-best efficiency in America East last week. Coppiellie led Albany to a 3-1 victory at UNH with 16 kills, eight digs, two blocks and an ace with a hitting percentage of .326. In a three-set victory at Providence the very next afternoon, the senior outside hitter tallied 14 kills on .405 hitting and added six digs and four blocks. For the season, Coppiellie is in the league's top-ten in kills, digs and points per set, and eighth with a .226 hitting percentage.

Slaughter was a difference-maker for the Seawolves in their only match of the week, a win which clinched Stony Brook's berth in the America East Volleyball Championship. The freshman led the league with 1.20 blocks per set last week as she tallied four of the solo variety and two assisted in a 3-2 win over UMBC. She also averaged 2.40 kills and 3.40 points per set, ninth and eighth, respectively, among all America East players last week. Slaughter also hit at a .207 clip. She finished with 12 kills against the Retrievers, including three in the fourth set and two in the deciding fifth set. She had solo blocks to clinch both the fourth and fifth sets for the Seawolves. Slaughter is among the overall league leaders in both hitting percentage and blocks in her debut campaign.

Chambers picks up her fourth Setter of the Week award this week. In two road wins over the weekend, Chambers averaged 10.00 assists and 3.57 digs per set, while serving up three aces. Against Providence on Friday, Chambers quarterbacked the Bearcats to .337 team hitting and dished out 35 assists in a 3-0 victory. She also added six digs, two aces and one kill. On Sunday at UNH, Chambers again tallied 35 assists, but also came up big with 19 digs, an ace and one kill in a hard-fought 3-1 victory. Chambers leads the conference with 9.80 assists per set in 2010.

Team Notebooks:

Albany (17-7 overall record, 7-2 America East record) won two matches on the road over the weekend... The Great Danes defeated New Hampshire, 3-1, on Friday before sweeping Providence in three sets on Saturday... Senior Teresa Coppiellie (Canton, Mich./Salem) led the team, averaging 4.29 kills and 2.00 digs per set... She also recorded six total blocks and one service ace... Setter Abbey Wexel (Virginia Beach, Va./Frank W. Cox) averaged 10.29 assists and 2.14 digs per set in the two matches... She also recorded two kills and three service aces... Junior Casey Wright (Ballston Spa, N.Y./Ballston Spa) totaled 3.43 kills and 1.00 blocks per set over the weekend... Libero Laurie Gonzalez (Carolina, Puerto Rico/St. Francis School) led the team with 5.29 digs, while also contributing six service aces... The Great Danes return home for the final two matches of the regular season, hosting Hartford on Friday and Stony Brook on Sunday in America East Conference action.

Binghamton University (12-13, 7-3 AE) won both of its matches last week to take over sole possession of second place in the America East... Binghamton won its first match of the week by sweeping Providence College, 3-0... The Bearcats' offense dominated Providence to the tune of a .337 hitting percentage while holding the Friars to a hitting percentage of just .128... The senior hitting duo Michelle McDonough (Orlando Hills, Ill./Andrew) and Anna Lejina (Riga, Latvia/Riga Secondary/U. of Latvia) both recorded double-digit kills, tallying 14 and 12, respectively... Junior setter Julie Chambers (Nichols, N.Y./Tioga) handed out a match-high 35 assists in just three sets... Freshman Xiomara Ortiz (South Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) led the Binghamton backline with 14 digs... In Sunday's hard-fought match with New Hampshire, Binghamton outlasted the Wildcats in four sets, winning 3-1... Every frame was extremely competitive, but Binghamton was able to come up with timely plays to secure the win... McDonough had a team-high 18 kills for the Bearcats... Chambers dished out 35 assists for the second straight match while leading the Binghamton defense with 19 digs... By winning both of their matches last week Binghamton broke a tie for second place with UMBC, who lost on Sunday... Binghamton returns to action Friday, Nov. 12 as they host Stony Brook at West Gym... First serve is scheduled for 7 p.m.

The Hartford volleyball team (8-19, 3-7 AE) dropped its only action of the week, a five-set match to the visiting UMBC Retrievers in the home finale at the Reich Family Pavilion... The Hawks honored their lone senior, Lindsay Ford (Carson, Nev./Carson), prior to the match... After dropping the first set by a 25-19 margin, the Hawks battled for a 25-23 victory before the break and came out of the break to surge past the Retrievers 25-15 to take a 2-1 advantage in the match... UMBC answered by forcing the fifth and deciding set with a 25-21 victory in set four, and then stormed past the Hawks in the final set taking a 15-6 victory and a 3-2 match win... Hartford was led in the match by junior Michelle Cordell (Orlando, Fla./Edgewater) and Kami Nethersole (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y./Hendrick Hudson) who finished with 11 and 10 kills, respectively... Nethersole and Ford finished with a double-double in the match as each finished with 13 digs, leading the Hawks... Ford finished her final home match with 33 assists... The Hawks will close out the regular season with a pair of road matches at Albany (Friday, 7 p.m.) and at Binghamton (Sunday, 2 p.m.).

UMBC (10-15, 6-4 AE) split a pair of America East matches this past weekend... The Retrievers defeated Hartford, 3-2, before falling at Stony Brook by the same score... UMBC qualified for its third consecutive America East Championship appearance and fourth in five seasons... Junior Allie Spaay (Kenosha, Wis./Kenosha Tremper) moved into ninth all-time at UMBC with 1,155 career assists... Senior Sabrina Hoeks (Olympia, Wash./AG West Black Hills) produced two double-doubles, bringing her season total to 13... The Retrievers return home for the final two games of the regular season, playing New Hampshire Friday at 5 p.m. and Providence Sunday at 11 a.m.

UNH (9-17, 4-7 AE) dropped a pair of hard-fought matches to the league's top two teams, Albany and Binghamton, at home over the weekend... On Friday night against Albany it dropped a 3-1 decision... In that match, Junior Amy Keding (Northbrook, Ill./Glenbrook North) hammered home a match-high 18 kills, and her four blocks tied for match-best honors... Sara Heldman (Greenwood, Ind./Center Grove) led all players with 39 assists, complementing that effort with 12 digs. Justine Elliott (Mitchellville, Md./St. John's Collegiate) had a solid all-around outing with nine kills, three assists and four blocks, tied for the team lead, while Lauren Laquerre (Concord, N.H./Concord) paced the Wildcats with 13 digs... On Sunday in the home finale, New Hampshire suffered a 3-1 loss to Binghamton... In the loss to Binghamton, Keding registered a double-double with 19 kills and 11 digs... In addition to Keding, Laquerre tallied 14 kills, eight digs and three assists... Heldman  dished out 43 assists, nine digs and two blocks, while Jayde Huxtable (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles North) had a team-high 20 digs...  Elliott chipped in with eight kills, five blocks and two assists. Sunday's match was also "Senior Day" and prior to the match Elliott, Heldman and Huxtable were honored for their accomplishments over the past four years... New Hampshire concludes the 2010 season on Friday, Nov. 12 at UMBC. Match time is set for 5 p.m. in Baltimore, Md. l UNH vs. Binghamton Highlights l

The Providence College volleyball team (10-22, 2-9 AE) dropped a pair of matches to wrap-up the home portion of its schedule this week… The Friars fell to Binghamton in straight-sets on Friday, November 5, before dropping a three-set match to league-leading Albany on Saturday, November 6… The Friars were led on the week by junior OH Lauren Hendel (Lloyd Harbor, N.Y./St. Anthony’s), who posted six kills against the Bearcats and 10 kills against the Great Danes… Freshman Anne Powers (La Selva Beach, Calif./Notre Dame-Salinas) had a solid match against Binghamton, as the rookie setter was among the team’s leaders in kills with six, while adding nine assists… Junior Shelagh Dolan (Westford, Mass./Westford Academy) was the other leader for the Friars against Binghamton, with six kills… Along with Hendel’s 10 kills against Albany on Saturday, Dolan added seven kills… In the senior day match, both senior co-captains had solid matches, as Emily Morris (Hermosa Beach, Calif.) picked up 11 digs while Kourtney Halliday (Bourne, Mass./Bourne) added eight digs… The Friars wrap-up the 2010 campaign on Sunday, November 14, when they travel to UMBC for an 11 a.m. match in Baltimore, Md.

Stony Brook (11-15, 6-4 AE) won its only match of the week, rallying to defeat UMBC, 3-2, on Sunday... Stony Brook trailed, 13-9, in the fifth set but scored six straight points to win the set and the match... Freshman Evann Slaughter's (Clinton, Md.) solo block clinched the match for the Seawolves... Slaughter set a career high with six blocks including four block solos... Senior Jeanette Gibbs (Port Jefferson, N.Y.) had a season-high 29 digs. She also recorded her 1,000th career dig in the third set... The win over UMBC was the Seawolves' third-straight win... Junior Alicia Nelson (Apple Valley, Minn.) had a game-high 19 kills. She has recorded double-digit kills in 13 straight matches... Senior Ashley Headen (Alexandria, Va.) had 10 kills and six service aces... The Seawolves held UMBC to a .175 hitting percentage... They have held their last five opponents under a .200 attack percentage... Stony Brook is now 3-2 in five-set matches following Sunday's win over UMBC... The Seawolves honored their two seniors- Headen and Gibbs- prior to the match... Stony Brook now wraps up the regular season on the road against Binghamton and Albany. 

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