Crenshaw, Scheetz and Uitti Claim Week One Volleyball Honors

Release: 09/04/2007
Courtesy: America East Communications

CAMBRIDGE, Mass.--Albany's Ashley Crenshaw (Birmingham, Ala./Hoover) earned America East Volleyball Player of the Week for week one, while UMBC's Bridget Scheetz (St. Louis, Mo./Ursuline Academy) and New Hampshire's Kate Uitti (Pinckney, Mich./Pinckney) received Rookie and Setter of the Week honors, respectively. Click here for full release.

Crenshaw averaged 4.38 kills and 1.05 blocks through the first 21 games of the season. Both of those stats put her in the conference's top seven. The senior also leads the league with a .431 hitting percentage. Her opening weekend was highlighted by a career-best 28-kill performance against Northern Arizona. Against the Lumberjacks, Crenshaw also tied a career-high with six digs and recorded six total blocks. Her 5.31 points per game is second-best in America East.

Scheetz led the Retrievers with a .382 hitting percentage, committing just nine errors on 68 total attacks during UMBC's opening weekend of action. The rookie also averaged 2.92 kills per game and had a team-high 18 assisted blocks in the four-game tournament at LaSalle. Scheetz averaged 1.67 blocks per game to lead the conference.

As the primary setter, Uitti guided the Wildcats to a 5-2 record, the team's best start since 1997. Uitti compiled 237 assists for an average of 11.29 through the seasons first 21 games. The sophomore setter started all seven matches, contributing 18 kills on a .200 hitting percentage. She also ranks third on the team in service aces and digs as well as fourth in blocks.

Team Notebooks: 

UAlbany (2-4,0-0 America East) started off the 2007 season with tournament play at Northern Arizona and Buffalo before visiting Syracuse in non-conference play... The Great Danes dropped matches to New Mexico State and the host Lumberjacks at the NAU Tournament, but came away with a 3-0 win over UC Davis... At the Western New York Invitational, UAlbany fell, 3-1, to West Virginia, but defeated Buffalo, 3-1, on the second day of tournament play... The Great Danes finished their western New York road trip with a 3-0 loss to in-state rival Syracuse on Labor Day... Senior middle blocker Ashley Crenshaw (Birmingham, Ala./Hoover) leads the team, averaging 4.38 kills, 1.05 blocks and 1.10 digs per game... Crenshaw has led the team in kills in four of the first six games played, including a career-best 28-kill performance against Northern Arizona... She has recorded four-straight double-digit kill matches, tallying 17 against UC Davis, 17 versus West Virginia and 14 in the win over Buffalo... Freshman outside hitter Amanda Cowdrey (Brampton, Ontario/Cardinal Leger) leads a group of six newcomers to the Great Danes’ rotation... In six matches, Cowdrey is averaging 2.76 kills and 2.71 digs, while also recording a team-high 12 service aces... She has recorded two double-doubles of the kill-dig variety, once in the win over UC Davis, in which she notched 11 kills and 10 digs... She then posted a new career high against Buffalo, tallying 18 kills and 10 digs... Cowdrey has totaled double-digit dig totals in five of six matches to start the season... Sophomore Samantha Jacobson (Geln Ellyn, Ill./Glenbard West) and freshman Brooke Stanley (Hendersonville, N.C./West Henderson) are splitting the setting duties for the Great Danes, averaging 5.33 and 6.38 assists per game, respectively... Freshman Tawny Dahmes (Chaska, Minn./Chaska) is leading the team defensively, averaging a team-best 3.48 digs per game at the libero position... UAlbany will visit Jacksonville State on Sunday, Sept. 9. 

Binghamton (3-4, 0-0 America East) has won three of its last five matches after dropping its first two games to open the season... The Bearcats opened the fall campaign at Delaware's Asics Invitational Rocket, where the squad posted a 1-2 mark. The team dropped a pair of three-game decisions to South Carolina and tournament host Delaware before bouncing back to sweep Boston College in the weekend's finale. Senior middle blocker Jacki Kane (Centennial, Colo./Grandview) amassed a team-best 24 kills and 14 blocks over three games to earn all-tournament honors for the Bearcats... This past weekend, Binghamton posted a
2-2 mark at the Western New York Invitational. The Bearcats collected victories over Canisius and St. Francis (N.Y.) while falling to both Valparaiso and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee...  In its victory over St. Francis (N.Y.), Binghamton set a new school record (40) for fewest points allowed in a match since the NCAA moved to the rally scoring era in 2001. The previous record was 49, set by the Bearcats in a 3-0 victory over VCU on September 11, 2004...  Freshman hitter Michelle McDonough (Orland Hills, Ill./Andrew) has played an instrumental role in the Bearcats attack thus far this season. McDonough leads the team averaging 2.75 kills per game and is third in digs with 2.95 per contest... This weekend Binghamton heads to Ohio to compete at the Kent State Invitational.

Hartford (0-5 overall, 0-0 America East) opened the 2007 season with five-straight home matches beginning with in-state rival Connecticut. Hartford hosted the University of Hartford New Balance Invitational, welcoming Central Connecticut, Fairleigh Dickinson and Rhode Island to the Reich Family Pavilion. The Hawks suffered an early season injury to returning senior setter Sarah Rasor (Tampa, Fla./Acad. of the Holy Names) forcing freshman Lindsay Ford (Carson, Nev./Carson) into a starting position. The rookie has marshaled the Hawks offense in all five matches this season, currently with 150 assists, and leading the team in hitting percentage with 19 kills and nine errors on 39 total attacks (.256 hitting percentage). Freshman Megan Schauffele (Live Oak, Texas/Incarnate Word) was also forced into a starting role for an injured Jennifer Monroy (Rahway, N.J./Union Catholic). Schauffele finished the first week of play with 32 kills and 30 digs, and was named to the New Balance Invitational All-Tournament team. Leading the team in the first week was Hallie Fullagar (Mesa, Ariz./Mountain View) with 50 kills. She also led the team in digs with 40 and finished with eight service aces, second on the team to Ford who had 10. The Hawks will continue play when they travel to Quinnipiac for a Tuesday night meeting and then to Worcester, Mass. for the Holy Cross Invitational with Loyola and Coppin State.

Maine (0-7, 0-0 America East) lost 4 matches this week to Northeastern, TCU (twice), and Cincinnati. ... Maine had a tough loss at Ball State, 3-2 ... After winning the first game, 30-26, against Ball State, Maine lost the next two, 23-30 and 24-30 ... But Maine came roaring back in the fourth game, 30-25, to force a fifth game ... In the fifth game, Maine fell behind early but then came back to tie at 10-10 ... But then Ball State took the lead again to game point at 14-11 ... The Black Bears made a late run to tie but Ball State held out to win the final game, 13-15 ... Junior outside hitter Lindsay Allman (St. Louis, MO/Rock Summit H.S.) was named to the Ball State Tournament All-Tournament Team ... She leads the Black Bears in kills on the season with 64 even after missing a game against Northeastern with an injury ... She averages 3.2 kills a game ... Freshman Paige Tortorello (Mundelein, IL/Mundelein H.S.) leads the Black Bears in assists with 110 ... Maine is led by Jessica Wolfenden (Ottawa, ON/John McRae Secondary School) in services aces with 10 ... Maine is led by Ashlee Wright (Muncie, IN/Cowan H.S.) in digs with 74 ... Maine returns to action Friday at Yale University versus Sacred Heart at 5p.m.

UMBC (4-0, 0-0 America East) closes the opening weekend of the 2007 campaign undefeated after downing Loyola, Lafayette, St. Peter’s, and host La Salle in the La Salle Tournament from Aug. 31-Sept. 1... The Retrievers handed each team a 3-0 loss beginning with the Greyhounds... The Retrievers earned a three-set (30-22, 30-23, 30-21) victory over Loyola to start the weekend and finished the first day of competition with a three-set (30-20, 30-26, 30-22) nightcap win over host La Salle... UMBC maintained its perfect record during the second day of competition, downing the Leopards (30-22, 30-11, 30-18) and Peahens (30-17, 30-20, 30-11) in successive three-set matches... Freshman Bridget Scheetz (St. Louis, Mo./Ursuline Academy) shined for the Retrievers as she averaged an impressive .382 hitting percentage and tallied 18 assisted blocks in the four-game tournament... The Retrievers open their home campaign on Tuesday, Sept. 4 when they host George Washington.

New Hampshire (5-2, 0-0 America East) opened the season with four consecutive wins and compiled a 5-2 overall record in the opening fortnight of the season ... It marked the first time since 1975 that the Wildcats opened the season at 4-0, and the 5-2 record through seven matches is the team’s best since the 1997 squad also was 5-2 ... Senior outside hitter Emmy Blouin (St. Albert, Alberta/Paul Kane) became the fifth player in the program’s history to record 1,000 career kills with her fifth of the match against College of the Holy Cross on Sept. 1 ... Blouin enters the week with 1,025 career kills and directly ahead of her on the list is Jen Walker (1997-2000; 1,042) ... In the six matches she played, Blouin was the overall leader in kills four times and the team leader in that statistic one other time ... Lindsay Fogarty (Pleasanton, Calif./Amador Valley) is the only Wildcat who has played in all 24 games this season; she leads the team with a .391 hitting percentage and is second in blocks (17) ... Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta/Bishop Carroll) has been outstanding in multiple facets of the game; she has a team-high 11 service aces and ranks second in both kills (78) and digs (74) as well as third in blocks (14) ... UNH has a team hitting percentage of .256; in comparison, the opponent’s is .096 ... New Hampshire has won Game 1 in six of seven matches ... UNH has won all four neutral-site matches this season, which bodes well for the ‘Cats as they head to Maryland to play Temple and James Madison in addition to the host school.

Stony Brook (3-4, 0-0 America East) opened the season at a pair of tournaments over the first two weekends of play ... The Seawolves defeated both tournament hosts ... Opening the season at Buffalo, SBU came back from a first match loss to claim wins over host Buffalo and a five-game thriller against Baylor ...Grad student Jackie Ahlers made a strong showing in her Stony Brook debut, totaling 61 kills in the three matches to lead SBU and earn a spot on the all-tournament team ... Included in her first weekend was a double-double of 17 kills and 12 digs against Buffalo ... Senior Morgan Seany was also named to the all-tournament team at Buffalo after totaling 48 kills and 38 digs ... In the win against Baylor she had 23 kills, 13 digs, three aces and a pair of blocks ... Stony Brook won just one match on its trip to California, but it was a big one ... The Seawolves downed host Cal State Fullerton in five games ... SBU has now won both of its five-game matches this season ... Ahlers was named to the all-tournament team at Fullerton as well ... She had a six match streak with at least one ace snapped in the West Coast finale against Bowling Green ... Stony Brook hosts St. John's Tuesday night at 7 p.m.