Top Three Volleyball Teams Produce the Week's Top Players
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-- In the opening weekend of conference play that saw the home team win all six America East matches, the three 2-0 volleyball squads produced Monday's weekly winners. Binghamton University's Jacki Kane (Centennial, Colo./Grand View) received the America East Volleyball Player of the Week for the week ending September 30. UMBC's Sabrina Hoeks (Olympia, Wash./AG West Black Hills) captured Rookie of the Week honors and University at Albany's freshman Brooke Stanley (Hendersonville, N.C./West Henderson) earned Setter of the Week recognition. Click here for full release.
Kane was an imposing force on Binghamton's frontline this weekend, leading the Bearcats to a 2-0 start in conference play. She posted a 13-kill, 11-block performance in Friday's 3-2 victory over New Hampshire and added 11 kills and eight blocks in Sunday's 3-1 win over Maine. On the week she had a conference-high 2.11 blocks per game, averaged 2.67 kills per game at a .333 clip, and put up 4.11 points per game. This is Kane's first weekly award of the 2007 season.
Hoeks led the Retrievers to conference victories over Maine and New Hampshire last week, including her first collegiate double-double (17 kills, 13 digs) against the Wildcats on Sunday. The rookie also added five block assists and five service aces while committing just one error on 40 attacks (.400 hitting percentage). Hoeks finished the week second in the conference in service aces with eight in 11 games. Over the weekend, she averaged 4.00 kills per game, 1.00 aces per game, 3.20 digs per game, and 5.50 points per game while hitting at .327 in both conference matches.
Stanley averaged exactly 14 assists per game and 2.38 digs last week to help lead the Great Danes to two wins in conference play. She recorded her seventh double-double of the season with 45 assists and 11 digs in a 3-0 win over Hartford before reaching a new career-high of 67 assists, four shy of the school single-match record, in a grueling five-game match against Stony Brook. Against Hartford, Stanley added four kills, three block assists and one service ace. In the win over Stony Brook, she recorded eight digs and three kills.
Albany (12-5 overall, 2-0 America East) went undefeated in America East Conference play last weekend... The Great Danes defeated Hartford, 3-0, before claming a 3-2 victory over Stony Brook... Freshman outside hitter Amanda Cowdrey (Brampton, Ontario/Cardinal Leger) averaged a team-high 4.00 kills and was second with 3.62 digs to lead UAlbany... Cowdrey, who has recorded five-straight double-doubles, recorded her ninth and tenth of the season over the weekend... She had a team-high 16 kills to go with 14 digs in the win over Hartford... She then had a 16-kill, 15-dig performance against Stony Brook... Freshman America East Setter of the Week Brooke Stanley (Hendersonville, N.C./West Henderson) averaged 14.00 assists and 2.38 digs over the weekend... She recorded 45 assists, 11 digs, four kills, three block assists and one service ace in the win over Hartford... She then tallied a career-high 67 assists – just four off UAlbany’s single-match record – to go with eight digs and three kills against Stony Brook... Junior middle blocker Kamisha Kellam (Forestville, Md./Bishop McNamara) averaged 3.25 kills and 1.12 blocks per game over the weekend... She led the team with 18 kills go along with a season-high seven total blocks and three digs against Stony Brook... The Great Danes continue America East Conference play on Friday, Oct. 5 against New Hampshire at 7 p.m. at home, and then host Maine on Sunday at 2 p.m. in University Gymnasium.
Binghamton (8-12, 2-0 America East) began America East Conference play with a pair of home victories on the weekend with wins over New Hampshire and Maine... The victories snapped the Bearcats' eight-match losing streak and stretched the program's home conference winning streak to 16 matches...Binghamton outlasted the visiting Wildcats in the 2007 America East Conference opener for both teams on Friday night at the West Gym. The Bearcats came out on top by scores of 22-30, 30-26, 30-27, 24-30, and 15-13...On Sunday, Binghamton recorded its second straight win with a 3-1 victory over visiting Maine... America East Player of the Week Jacki Kane (Centennial, Colo./Grandview) was an imposing force on Binghamton's frontline this weekend, leading the Bearcats to a 2-0 start in conference play. She posted a 13-kill, 11-block performance in Friday's 3-2 victory over Maine and added 11 kills and eight blocks in Sunday's win over Maine. On the weekend she had a team-high 2.11 blocks per game and averaged 2.67 kills per game at a .333 clip (24-6-54)... Freshman setter Lindsey Mueller (West Bend, Wis./West Bend West) posted a pair of double-doubles on the weekend, averaging 9.67 assists and 3.56 digs per game. In Sunday's 3-1 win over Maine, she dished out a match-high 47 assists to go along with a team-high 16 digs and added five blocks... Senior captain Kathleen Schauer (Littleton, Colo.) led Binghamton with 3.11 kills in its two games over the weekend. Schauer led the Bearcats' efforts against Maine on Sunday hitting a team-high 15 kills... The Bearcats are slated to visit Colgate on Tuesday for a 7 p.m. match.
Hartford (7-11, 0-1 America East) split a pair of matches last week. The first was a 3-0 win over in-state rival Sacred Heart before dropping a three-game decision to Albany in the America East opener for both teams. Against the Pioneers, Jennifer Monroy (Rahway, N.J./Union Catholic) and Hallie Fullagar (Mesa, Ariz./Mountain View) led the Hawks, each finishing with 10 kills. Katie O’Hara (Chandler, Ariz./Hamilton/Colorado State) led the Hawks hitting efforts with a .545 attack percentage. She finished with seven kills, one error in 11 total hits. In total, the Hawks had three players hit .400 or better at Sacred Heart. In the conference opener, Monroy and Erin Macro (Lincoln, R.I./Lincoln) led the Hawks each finishing with 11 kills. Macro had a stellar night hitting .647 from the floor with no errors in 17 total attacks. The Hawks will play a pair of conference matches over the weekend, both at home. The home conference opener features Binghamton on Friday at 6:00 p.m. before hosting UMBC on Saturday at 2:00 p.m.
Maine (1-14, 0-2 America East) opened up its conference schedule this weekend at UMBC and Binghamton... Maine was led in kills in both matches by junior Lindsay Allman who tallied 22 and 16, respectively... Both were match-high totals... On Friday night, Maine won the first game out of the gate but a close loss in the second game seemed to swing the momentum in the direction of the Retrievers... The Black Bears totaled a match total of 68 assists compared to UMBC’s 51 but the attack errors just seemed to add up... Freshman Emily Root led the Black Bears in digs with 24, also a match-high... Junior Jessica Wolfenden not only led the team in assists with 39, she also added nine kills and 12 digs to her totals... In Sunday’s match against Binghamton, Maine was slow out of the block but forced a close second game and came out on top to even the match at one game a piece... After the break, the Bearcats dug in and came out with 17 kills each game to take both and the match... Maine was again led in kills by Allman with classmate Amy Lawson at her heels with 15... Freshman Paige Tortorello took over the setting duties and led Maine with 31 assists... Allman also tallied three service aces along with sophomore Jennifer Domer who had three as well... Root had a match-high 17 digs... And junior Brittany Kiehl blocked six attacks... The Black Bears next matches will be away at Albany and New Hampshire on October 7 and 8, respectively.
UMBC (15-4, 2-0 America East) went 3-1 last week, including consecutive America East Conference wins over Maine and New Hampshire... The Retrievers started the week off with a hard 3-0 loss as they traveled to Delaware, but got back on the winning track as they downed St. Francis (Pa.), 3-0 in the first of three home matches last week... Senior Stacey Carroll (Ellicott City, Md./Mount Hebron) recorded her first double-double of the season against the Red Flash, totaling 39 assists and 10 digs... The Retrievers then opened conference play with a 3-1 win over Maine on Friday in a match that saw sophomores Kira Giles (Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada/Glenlawn) and Ashley Oscars (Bakersfield, Calif./Liberty) tally double-doubles with 46 assists and 16 digs and 19 kills and 17 digs, respectively... The Retrievers finished the week with their third-straight home match as they handed New Hampshire a 3-1 decision.... America East Rookie of the Week Sabrina Hoeks (Olympia, Wash./AG West Black Hills) led the Retrievers in the match, putting up 17 kills and 13 digs for her first collegiate double-double as well as adding five block assists and five service aces and recording just one error on 40 attacks for a .400 hitting percentage. Sophomore Tiffany Johnson (Abingdon, Md./Kansas State/Arundel) also tallied 14 assisted blocks as well as a solo block against the Wildcats... Hoeks led the Retrievers in conference matches last week, averaging 4.00 kills per game, 3.20 digs per game, 5.50 points per game, 1.00 service ace per game, 1.00 block per game, and posted a .327 hitting percentage... The Retrievers conclude a four-match homestand on Tuesday as they host Georgetown before playing their first conference road matches as they travel to Stony Brook on Friday and Hartford on Saturday.
New Hampshire (11-6, 0-2 America East) went 1-2 on the week capturing a non-conference win over in-state foe Dartmouth before dropping back-to-back America East contests at Binghamton and UMBC... In Tuesday's win over Dartmouth, Toni Barnas (Cary, Ill./Cary Grove), Emmy Blouin (St. Albert, Alberta/Paul Kane) and Jessica Compton (Woodridge, Ill./Downers Grove South) recorded 17, 15 and 13 kills, respectively, to lead the 'Cats to the 3-1 win... The game scores were 27-30, 30-27, 30-20 and 30-21... The win helped lift UNH to its best start since the 1984 season, when the Wildcats opened the season with a matching 11-4 mark... In Friday night's gut-wrenching 3-2 loss to Binghamton, Blouin recorded a match-high 21 kills... The game scores were 30-22, 26-30, 27-30, 30-24 and 13-15... In addition to Blouin, Barnas notched 19 kills, while Compton had 13 kills... Sophomore Kate Uitti (Pinckney, Mich./Pinckney) continued to set the stage for the Wildcats as she had a match-best 62 assists... The Wildcats dropped the match despite out hitting Binghamton .223 to .130... UNH posted 17 kills in Game 1, 16 in Game 2, 15 in Game 3 and 4 and eight in the final game... The 71 kills mark the second highest kill total during the 2007 campaign... In Sunday's loss to UMBC, Blouin once again led the team with 15 kills to lead three Wildcats in double figure kills... In addition to Blouin, sophomore Lindsay Fogarty (Pleasanton, Calif./Amador Valley) notched 14 kills, while her classmate Kirsten Bates (Calgary, Alberta/Bishop Carroll) had 12 kills... In addition, Uitti recorded a match-best 51 assists, while sophomore libero Alyse Lahti (St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles North) had a team-high 26 defensive digs.... The Wildcats continue America East road play as they travel to reigning champion Albany on Friday, October 5 at 7 p.m. UNH’s next home game is on Monday, October 8 against America East foe Maine. Match time is 7 p.m. at Lundholm Gymnasium.
Stony Brook (12-7, 0-1 America East) won their eighth straight match on Tuesday night in their final non-conference match of the season, a 3-0 victory over Fordham. The eight-match winning streak is the longest since the Seawolves won nine in a row during the 2001 season. Morgan Sweany set a school record for kills in a three-game match with 24. The Seawolves then lost their conference opener on Saturday, 3-2, to Albany. It marked the first five-game loss for Stony Brook this season after winning the first five. Outside hitter Jackie Ahlers tallied a game-high 26 kills for Stonybrook while Sweany registered a double-double with 21 kills and 10 digs. The loss was Stonybrook's fifth straight to Albany. The Seawolves are back in action when they host UMBC on Friday, October 5 at 7 p.m.