Coppiellie, Jacobson and Chambers Earn Honors For Strong Weeks
CAMBRIDGE, Mass.-- University at Albany freshman setter Kaley Jacobson (Watertown, Wis./Watertown) and Binghamton University junior setter Julie Chambers (Nichols, N.Y./Tioga) each won their second weekly awards of the 2010 volleyball season, while Great Dane senior Teresa Coppiellie (Canton, Mich./Salem), a first-team All-America East outside hitter last year, collected the Player of the Week award. All three awards covered the week ending September 12.
Coppiellie was named to the all-tournament team at the Middle Tennessee Invite after leading the Great Danes to wins over UAB and Arkansas. For the weekend, the senior outside hitter averaged 3.90 kills and 3.00 digs per set, while totaling four service aces, seven total blocks, including four solo, and a .313 hitting percentage. Coppiellie paced the league last week with her all-around play and 4.85 points per set.
Coppielie began the weekend with a double-double of 17 kills and 17 digs against UAB, along with three blocks and two aces. In the next game against the SEC's Arkansas, Coppiellie hit .440 en route to 13 kills. She also tallied six digs, four blocks and an ace against the Razorbacks. In the tournament finale against the hosts, she totaled nine kills and a team-high seven digs.
Jacobson averaged 10.50 assists and 2.40 digs per set in three matches last week at the Middle Tennessee Invite and led the Great Danes to a .274 team hitting percentage for the tournament. She also finished with two aces and four block assists.
In the first match of the weekend, Jacobson tallied a double-double of 48 assists and 14 digs against UAB. The freshman recorded 30 assists and five digs against Arkansas, and wrapped up the week with 27 assists and five digs against Middle Tennessee. This is her second Rookie of the Week award this season.
Chambers led Binghamton to three wins last week, including a five-set thriller over Niagara, the preseason favorite to win the MAAC title. For the week, Chambers led America East with 11.14 assists per set, and added 1.57 digs per set, five aces and nine total blocks. The Bearcats hit .227 as a team last week.
The junior notched a double-double with 58 assists and 10 digs against Niagara, and added two blocks and three kills on .750 hitting. In a 3-1 win over St. John's, Chambers collected 36 assists, six blocks and two aces. In the final match of the week, a straight set win over Hampton, Chambers led the Bearcats to a .340 hitting percentage, handing out 37 assists.
Albany (5-4 overall, 0-0 America East) defeated UAB and Arkansas before falling to the host Blue Raiders at the Middle Tennessee Invite over the weekend... Senior outside hitter Teresa Coppiellie (Canton, Mich./Salem) was named to the all-tournament team after averaging 3.90 kills and 3.00 digs in the three matches... She recorded a double-double of 17 kills and 17 digs against UAB... Freshman setter Kaley Jacobson (Watertown, Wis./Watertown) averaged 10.50 assists and 2.40 digs on the weekend, including a double-double of 48 assists and 14 digs versus UAB... Libero Laurie Gonzalez (Carolina, Puerto Rico/St. Francis School) was also named to the all-tournament team after averaging 4.80 digs on the weekend... She also led the Great Danes with six service aces in the three matches... Casey Wright (Ballston Spa, N.Y./Ballston Spa) finished the weekend with 3.40 kills and 0.60 blocks per set along with a team-high .347 hitting percentage... The Great Danes return to action at the Lamar Tournament this weekend, facing Louisiana-Lafayette, McNeese State and the host Cardinals in Beaumont, Texas.
Binghamton University (4-6, 0-0 AE) went 3-1 this week defeating Niagara in a non-conference match-up as well as St. John's and Hampton at the UB Blue and White Classic...Anna Lejina (Riga, Lativa/Riga Secondary/U. of Lativa) led the way for the Bearcats with 59 total kills and 4.21 kills per set... Senior captain Michelle McDonough (Orlando Hills, Ill./Andrew) was just behind her classmate with 57 total kills and 4.07 kills per set... Binghamton's only loss of the week came on a 0-3 defeat by tournament-host Buffalo... Binghamton recovered from Friday night's loss to win both matches on Saturday via a pair of sweeps... Junior setter Julie Chambers (Nichols, N.Y./Tioga) finished the week with 11.14 assists per set and a total of 156 assists in 14 sets... Freshman libero Xiomara Ortiz (South Setauket, N.Y./Ward Melville) led the Bearcats defensively, picking up 3.79 digs during the week... Lejina and McDonough were both named to the all-tournament team... The Bearcats finished the tournament in second place with a 2-1 record, behind Buffalo... Binghamton travels to the nation's capital this weekend to compete in the Georgetown Classic. Binghamton plays tournament-host Georgetown on Friday, Sept. 17 at 5 p.m.
The Hartford volleyball team (2-9, 0-0 AE) split four matches over the past week, securing its first win of the 2010 season in five-sets on the road at Holy Cross on Tuesday… The Hawks' second win this week came in their second match of the Quinnipiac Invitational against St. Peter’s in four sets, while dropping three-set matches to Dartmouth and Quinnipiac in Hamden, Conn… A number of career highs were set during the week, starting with six against the Crusaders… Sophomore outside hitter Kami Nethersole (Cortlandt Manor, N.Y./Hendrick Hudson) finished with a career-high 21 kills, only the second Hawks player in the last four years to finish with 20 or more kills in a match, while also setting a career high with 17 digs… Freshman Dionna Kirton (Everett, Wash./King’s) and junior Lindsay Makowicki (Norwich, Conn./Norwich Free Acad.) also set career highs in kills with 15 and 12, respectively… The lone Hartford senior, Lindsay Ford (Carson, Nev./Carson), also set two career highs in the match with 60 assists and 22 digs, which led the team… In the Hawks' win over St. Peter’s, three players finished with career highs, including junior Michelle Cordell (Orlando, Fl./Edgewater) who finished with 17 kills, leading the team, and 16 digs… Junior Sydney Scott (Allen, Texas/Danbury(CT)) rounded out the career highs for the week with 15 digs against the Peahens… The Hawks will play four matches in the coming week, first hosting Central Connecticut for the home opener on Wednesday at 6 p.m. at the Reich Family Pavilion, before heading to Annapolis, Md. for three matches at the Kristen Dickmann Memorial Tournament hosted by Navy.
UMBC (4-5, 0-0 AE) went 2-3 this past week, dropping a three-set match to George Washington before going 2-2 in the Madison Bingaman Memorial Tournament… The Retrievers defeated Howard and Brown, but fell to Big Ten power Ohio State and suffered a heartbreaking defeat to Sacred Heart… Senior Sabrina Hoeks (Olympia, Wash./AG West Black Hills) was named to the All-Tournament team after leading the team with 50 kills (2.94 kps) and 12 service aces (0.71 aps)… Freshman Ali Goc (Oshawa, Ontario/R.S. McLaughlin Collegiate) continued her strong freshman campaign, hitting 49 kills (2.88 kps) while adding 41 digs (2.41 dps)… Freshman Rebecca Garrigues (Rancho Cucamonga, Calif./Rancho Cucamonga) also had a strong tournament, leading the team in both hitting percentage (.268) and assists (6.50 aps)… Yet another freshman, Hallie Carter (Huntington Beach, Calif./Edison) led the team with 48 digs (3.00 dps) and junior Iman Kennedy (Charlotte, N.C./Independence) led the team with 21 total blocks (1.24 bps)… The Retrievers return to action Friday and Saturday for the Seton Hall Invitational in South Orange, N.J. l Howard highlights l Ohio State highlights l Brown highlights l
The University of New Hampshire volleyball team (3-7, 0-0 AE) went 1-3 on the week... The Wildcats opened their home schedule with a 3-0 loss to Northeastern... New Hampshire traveled to URI's Art Carmichael Invitational this weekend and went 1-2 with a 3-1 win over Marist followed by back-to-back straight-set losses to Rhode Island and Maryland-Eastern Shore... UNH's Taylor Dressing (Gillette, N.J./Watchung Hills) was named to the All-Tournament team for her efforts over the weekend... Dressing tallied 36 kills in the three matches and led the team in kills against Rhode Island... The Wildcats return home to play host to the Holly Young Invitational over the weekend... The 'Cats entertain in-state foe Dartmouth College on Friday (7 p.m.) and will play Sacred Heart (4:30 p.m.) and Rutgers (7 p.m.) on Saturday... The Rutgers match is UNH's annual "Pack the Arena" attendance challenge match. l Holly Young Invitational preview l
The Providence College volleyball team (4-8, 0-0 AE) improved to 4-0 at home, sweeping all three matches at the seventh annual Friar Classic... The Friars scored sweeps of St. Francis (N.Y.), Coppin State and Fairleigh Dickinson… It marks the first time the Friars took home the tournament title since 2007...Junior MB Lauren Fletcher (Syracuse, N.Y./Marcellus) took home MVP honors, while junior setter Carly Morrison (Larkspur, Calif./Redwood) and sophomore DS Cassie Muzzonigro (Gibsonia, Pa./Pine Richland) were named to the all-tournament team...Fletcher averaged 3.50 kills per set on the week... Morrison reigestered 90 assists, good for 7.50 per set... Muzzonigro led the defense with 47 digs (3.92 per set)... The Friars dropped their first match of the week at cross-town rival Brown... Fletcher led the way against the Bears with nine kills... Providence looks to remain undefeated at home on Tuesday when they host Manhattan College... The squad then returns to the road this weekend for the Bethune-Cookman Beach Bash and matches with Winston-Salem State, Savannah State and Bethune-Cookman.
The Seawolves (4-7, 0-0 AE) took second place at the 10th Annual Rose Hill Classic over the weekend, winning three of its four matches... Junior Alicia Nelson (Apple Valley, Minn./Eastview) and senior Ashley Headen (Alexandria Va./St. Stephen's & St. Agnes) were each named to the All-Tournament team... SBU opened the Rose Hill Classic with a sweep of Rider... The Seawolves recorded a season-high hitting percentage of .342 against Rider... Nelson totaled a match-high 13 kills with a hitting percentage of .360... The Seawolves hit .500 in the final set... The Seawolves were swept by Syracuse but rebounded with a 3-1 victory over Harvard... Freshman Evann Slaughter (Clinton, Md./Oxon Hill) tallied a season-high 11 kills while Nelson registered a match-high 18 kills... the Seawolves held Harvard to an .045 attack percentage... Stony Brook then wrapped up the Rose Hill Classic with a five-set victory over host Fordham... The Seawolves won the fifth set, 23-21... Nelson recorded a double-double (18 kills, 10 digs). It was her fourth double-double this season... The Seawolves will play in the Marriot Cavalier Classic this weekend before hosting Brown on Sept. 25 in its first home match of the season.