American's Allison Cappellino was named the Molten Rookie of the Week on Monday.
Aug. 28, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — As is the usual custom, the first weekend of the volleyball season was filled with multiple-team tournaments or invitiatonals, with six of the eight Patriot League teams picking up several matches in the opening days. Army and Bucknell logged a pair of victories in the first weekend, while American earned a split at the D.C. Volleyball Challenge and Navy garnered a victory in its own Kristen Dickmann Invitational. Lafayette and Lehigh opened Sunday, with each posting a 3-1 win over Rider.
Competition continues this week, with Lafayette visiting St. Francis (N.Y.) Tuesday evening before the next set of tournaments over Labor Day weekend. Seven of the eight will be on the road, with Lafayette as the exception. The Leopards will host their own tournament in Easton, Pa.
Patriot League Notebook
• American junior setter Kylann Scheidt earned All-Tournament honors at the D.C. Volleyball Challenge, averaging 9.50 assists per set across six frames. She netted nearly 12 dishes per set in Saturday’s 3-0 win over George Mason.
• Army junior Megan Wilton tallied the 250th kill and 200th block of her career during the Black Knights Invitational. Senior Ariana Mankus joined Wilton on the All-Tournament Team.
• Bucknell freshman outside hitter Claire Healy had 10 kills in her collegiate debut in Friday’s 3-1 win over La Salle. She followed it up with 16 digs in a four-set victory against Manhattan.
• Colgate junior outside hitter Lindsay Young notched her first double-double of the season with 20 kills and 13 digs against Syracuse. She had six double-doubles last season.
• Bucknell head coach Cindy Opalski is three wins shy of 400 for her career.
• Lehigh’s 3-1 victory Sunday over Rider was head coach Bob Betucci’s 20th in Bethlehem.
• Navy improved to 5-1 in five-set matches under second-year head coach Larry Bock with Friday’s 3-2 triumph over Hartford. The Mids were 4-9 in five-setters in the three years prior to his arrival.
• Bucknell will take on MAAC opponent Loyola (Md.) for the second time in as many weekends when the Bison compete in the Duquesne/Robert Morris Invitational.
• American and Navy both have long stretches of matches away from home coming up. The Eagles won’t play inside Bender Arena again until Sept. 19, when they welcome Coppin State. Navy’s next match in Annapolis is Sept. 21 versus Holy Cross in the League opener for both.
Patriot League Weekly Awards
MOLTEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MEGAN WILTON, ARMY Jr., MB, Roseville, Calif.
Wilton hit .364 over 12 sets while averaging 3.42 kills per frame in Army’s 2-1 showing at its own Black Knights Invitational over the weekend. She led the Black Knights in hitting and blocks in all three matches, while collecting 10 total rejections in the three matches. Army finished second in the event, while Wilton was named to the All-Tournament Team.
MOLTEN ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
ALLISON CAPPELLINO, AMERICAN Fr., L, Penfield, N.Y.
Cappellino earned her first two career starts during a 1-1 weekend for the defending champion Eagles, and finished the weekend averaging 5.67 digs per set. She tallied 15 in Friday’s three-set loss to Georgetown and rebounded with 19 more in a 3-0 defeat of George Mason on Saturday. She was named to the D.C. Volleyball Challenge All-Tournament Team.
KYLANN SCHEIDT, AMERICAN Jr., S, Knoxville, Tenn.
Scheidt contributed at all ends of the floor, averaging 9.50 assists and 2.50 digs per set while hitting .444 for the Eagles, who went 1-1 at the D.C. Volleyball Challenge over the weekend.
KEBAH EDOHO, BUCKNELL Sr., MB, Odenton, Md.
Edoho hit .299, averaged 2.29 kills per set and logged 13 total blocks as the Bison opened the season 2-2 in competition at the La Salle Invitational. She reached double figures in kills in two of the contests.
LINDSAY YOUNG, COLGATE Jr., OH, Tampa, Fla.
Young was named to the Colgate Classic All-Tournament Team after averaging 3.72 kills and 2.36 digs per set while hitting .308 for the Raiders in three matches. She tied a career high with 20 kills in Saturday’s 3-1 loss to visiting Syracuse.
DANIELLE TOWSLEE, LAFAYETTE So., MB, Woodlinville, Wash.
Towslee hit .471 with just one error on 17 swings as Lafayette opened the season Sunday with a 3-1 win over Rider.
TAYLOR POOLE, LEHIGH Sr., MB, Keller, Texas
Poole hit .444 with 14 kills and just two errors while logging five aces in Lehigh’s 3-1 victory Sunday over Rider.
CAROLYN EWERT, NAVY Sr., OH, Bakersfield, Calif.
Ewert was named to the Kristen Dickmann Invitational All-Tournament Team after leading the Mids in kills in all three contests. She averaged 2.83 kills and 2.00 digs per set while hitting .200 for the weekend.