Sept. 11, 2012
Patriot League Volleyball Release - 9.11.12
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — Defending champion American got back on track with a three-match sweep at the Spartan-Aggie Invitational in North Carolina last week, and now the Eagles have some upward momentum as they head into the final weekend before the start of League competition.
The Eagles aren’t the only team entering this week off victories. Army, Colgate, Lafayette and Navy will look to build off last week’s success. The Black Knights won three of four, including the weekend finale in four sets over Air Force in a match held at the Pentagon. Navy did the same with a 3-1 victory against the Citadel at the Service Academy Challenge, while Colgate picked up its first win of the season in the finale of the Colgate Invitational. Lafayette, which saw its five-match win streak snapped last Tuesday, rebounded with a five-set win at La Salle Wednesday.
Tuesday’s schedule features three matches. Lehigh returns to action for the first time in 10 days hosting Rutgers, Lafayette visits Fordham and Holy Cross entertains Hartford.
Patriot League Notebook
• Sophomore Kelly McCaddin and freshman Allison Cappellino earned All-Tournament honors as American rolled to three wins at the Spartan-Aggie Invitational last weekend.
• Bucknell head coach Cindy Opalski sits on 399 career victories entering this weekend’s matches at the Bucknell Invitational. The Bison host Fordham Friday and Providence and Quinnipiac on Saturday.
• Bison freshman Claire Healy picked up her second double-double of the season with 11 kills and 12 digs in Friday’s five-set loss to Cornell.
• Colgate rookie Kate Reilly posted a career-high 12 kills and hit .600 as the Raiders swept Siena Saturday for their first win of the season.
• Katie Sylakowski’s .591 attack percentage (13-0-22) vs. Air Force ranks third in Navy history for a five-set match, while Alex Cassel’s eight block assists against the Falcons is tied for sixth in school history for a five-setter.
• Holy Cross senior captain Elizabeth Watters became the sixth Crusader in program history to record over 1,000 career digs. She now has 1,034 for her career.
• Despite the upcoming weekend being the last before the start of League play, there will still be 17 non-League matches to be contested following the conclusion of this weekend’s action.
Patriot League Weekly Awards
MOLTEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
MEGAN WILTON, ARMY Jr., MB, Roseville, Calif.
Wilton averaged 3.62 kills and 1.15 blocks per set during Army’s 3-1 week, including a 2-1 showing at the inaugural Service Academy Challenge at the Pentagon. She started the week with 18 kills and hit .406 in a sweep of Marist, and finished the period hitting .224 with 47 total kills and 11 blocks.
MOLTEN ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
ALLISON CAPPELLINO, AMERICAN Fr., L, Penfield, N.Y.
Cappellino earned a spot on the Spartan-Aggie Invitational All-Tournament team while helping the Eagles to a 3-0 weekend in competition in North Carolina. The rookie out of Penfield, N.Y., averaged 5.10 digs per game and totaled 13 aces in 10 sets played. She notched a career-high seven service aces in Saturday’s 3-0 win over UNC Asheville, and tallied a career-best 27 digs in the five-set triumph over UNC Greensboro.
KELLY McCADDIN, AMERICAN So., MB/OPP, West Caldwell, N.J.
McCaddin averaged 2.67 kills per set and hit .380 during American’s 3-0 romp through the Spartan-Aggie Invitational. She was named Tournament MVP.
MORGAN MIENTUS, BUCKNELL Jr., L, Chicago, Ill.
Mientus averaged 4.15 digs per set and finished with 54 total across 13 sets while earning All-Tournament honors at the Rose Hill Classic.
LINDSAY YOUNG, COLGATE Jr., OH, Tampa, Fla.
Young averaged 3.55 kills per set and hit .277 as the Raiders hosted the Colgate Invitational. She logged 12 kills and hit .379 in a sweet of Siena to give Colgate its first win of the season.
SARAH FROHNAPFEL, LAFAYETTE Sr., S, Stafford, Va.
Frohnapfel logged a double-double with 32 assists and 23 digs as Lafayette posted a five-set win over La Salle. She logged 58 assists and 25 digs during the Leopards’ 1-1 week.