Navy's Katie Sylakowski was named the Molten Rookie of the Week Monday. She leads the League hitting .344.
Oct. 2, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — The potential first-place battle came to fruition following Friday night’s results, and it was Colgate that emerged from the weekend in sole possession of first place after Saturday’s impressive 3-1 win at Army.
The Raiders are seeing the dividends pay off of their non-League schedule. They’ve won all four League matches on the road, and have another contest away from home Thursday when they visit Bucknell.
Joining the Bucknell-Colgate showdown Thursday evening is the first of two meetings between rivals Lafayette and Lehigh, with the former hosting in Easton, Pa. It’s a crucial matchup with one match separating the two in the middle of the standings.
American steps out of League play briefly Wednesday when the Eagles visit Morgan State. They’ll return home Friday to host surving Navy, which rallied from two sets down in both victories.
Army will look to rebound from Saturday’s defeat to the Raiders when it hosts Holy Cross Saturday.
More non-League competition is on the schedule this weekend, with Bucknell heading west to take on Cal State Bakersfield and Pepperdine, while Holy Cross heads south to take on Florida Atlantic and Lehigh goes to Villanova.
Patriot League Notebook
• American’s Sara Rishell had a dominating performance Friday against Lafayette with 18 kills on 33 swings and just three errors (.455) in a five-set win. Rishell was Patriot League Player of the Year, Rookie of the Year and Tournament MVP last season.
• Army’s victory Friday over Bucknell was its 11th straight in the series against the Bison.
• Bucknell’s Kebah Edoho hit .432 with 21 kills on 44 swings and only two errors in a pair of starts last weekend. She tied a career high with 12 kills against Holy Cross.
• Holy Cross senior Megan Lynch has 1,363 kills and 1,013 digs, the first player in Crusader history to join the 1,000-1,000 club.
• Lehigh’s five-set win at American Saturday was its first in the nation’s capital over the Eagles.
• Navy has rallied from a 0-2 deficit to win three times in 18 League matches under head coach Larry Bock. In addition, the Mids are now 4-1 in five-setters against League opponents the last two seasons.
• Head coach Ryan Baker is three wins shy of 100 at Colgate.
• Army senior Ariana Mankus is 58 kills and 46 digs shy of climbing into the League’s all-time top 10 in each category.
Patriot League Weekly Awards
MOLTEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
CAITLIN CREMIN, COLGATE Jr., L, Naperville, Ill.
Cremin was outstanding during a 2-0 weekend for the Raiders, helping lift them into sole possession of first place at 4-0. She posted a season-high 23 digs Friday’s three-set victory at Holy Cross, while collecting three assists and two service aces. She matched the dig mark Saturday, helping lead the Raiders to a 3-1 victory at Army to move into first. Over the week in which Colgate went 2-1, Cremin averaged 4.58 digs per set across the three matches. She picks up her first weekly nod of the season.
MOLTEN ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
KATIE SYLAKOWSKI, NAVY Fr., MH, Escondido, Calif.
Sylakowski broke out with a big weekend for Navy, which went 2-0 at home with a pair of five-set triumphs over Lehigh and Lafayette. The Mids trailed Lehigh by two sets in Friday’s match, and with the score tied 23-all in the third, Sylakowski dropped in back-to-back aces to give them the third set that started the rally. She finished with three aces against the Mountain Hawks and added four more Saturday against Lafayette. Her attacking was on point too, as she hit .511 with 25 kills and only two errors on 45 swings. She averaged 2.5 kills per set, and logged four total blocks for the weekend. It’s Sylakowski’s first career weekly honor.
SARA RISHELL, AMERICAN So., OH/MB, Smithsburg, Md.
Rishell averaged 4.00 kills and 1.38 blocks per set while hitting .250 for the Eagles, who went 1-1 over the weekend. She hit .455 in the three-set win over Lafayette Friday.
ZOE KREITENBERG, ARMY Fr., MB, Los Alamitos, Calif.
Kreitenberg established career-highs in kills (13) and hitting (.650) in Friday’s sweep of Bucknell. She averaged 3.29 kills per set and hit .400 for the weekend.
DIANE SEELY, COLGATE So., MB, Menlo Park, Calif.
Seely had another incredible week with 35 kills in three matches, including a career-high 16 in the win over Army to put the Raiders atop the standings at 4-0. She also was a force in front of the net with 17 total blocks, including seven against Cornell in a midweek matchup.
HANNAH GRACE STOKES, HOLY CROSS So., S, Atlanta, Ga.
Stokes posted a pair of double-doubles on the week, including a 40-assist, 10-dig effort with seven aces in Saturday’s four-set victory over visiting Bucknell.
TAYLOR POOLE, LEHIGH Sr., MB, Keller, Texas
Poole hit .375 and averaged 2.6 kills per set, which included 12 strikes and seven total blocks in Saturday’s five-set win at American.
CAROLYN EWERT, NAVY Sr., OH, Bakersfield, Calif.
Ewert averaged 3.6 kills and 1.2 digs per set and hit .253 during Navy’s perfect 2-0 weekend. She tied a career high with 20 kills in Friday’s come-from-behind win at home over Lehigh.