Diane Seely and 5-0 Colgate are looking for breathing room in the Patriot League standings this weekend with two matches at home.
Oct. 9, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — After winning its first five Patriot League matches on the road, Colgate is hoping to finish out the first half of League play without a blemish and hit the turn 7-0 with a pair of contests at home this weekend. It won’t be easy for the Raiders, who host a pair of teams jockeying for position in the middle of the standings. Navy heads to Hamilton, N.Y., Friday while American visits Saturday.
Colgate was tested but eventually took a four-set win at Bucknell last week to stay one match ahead of Army in the League standings. The Black Knights swept Holy Cross Saturday to keep pace at 4-1.
American, Lehigh and Navy are all square for third at 3-2, and each holds a 1-1 mark against the other teams in the tie. The Eagles, who squandered a 2-0 lead earlier in the season at home against Army, flipped the script on the Mids. Trailing 2-0, American rallied to pull off the five-set victory.
Lehigh, which has won two straight League matches after sweeping rival Lafayette last week, is the only team to step out of League play this week. The Mountain Hawks visit Villanova Tuesday at 7 p.m.
Patriot League Notebook
• Reigning Scholar-Athlete of the Year Rebecca Heath returned to the American lineup Friday and hit .275 with 17 kills and 11 digs in the Eagles’ five-set win over Navy.
• Army’s hit a season-high .407 in Saturday’s sweep of Holy Cross.
• Diane Seely logged a team-high 12 kills and posted five blocks in Colgate’s four-set win over Bucknell last week.
• Lehigh’s win over rival Lafayette last week was its sixth straight in the series.
• Lehigh freshman Ana Vrhel leads the League hitting .310, while fellow classmate Katie Sylakowski of Navy is tied for second with a .307 average. The top senior on the list is Bucknell’s Kebah Edoho, who is hitting .287 as of Tuesday.
• Army senior Ariana Mankus is 45 kills and 34 digs away from cracking the League’s all-time top 10 in both categories.
• Colgate’s Ryan Baker is two wins shy of 100 as the Raiders’ head coach.
• American’s win Friday over Navy was the 150th League victory of Barry Goldberg’s tenure in Washington, D.C.
• Underclassmen lead all individual statistical categories.
• Colgate’s 5-0 start is its best in League play since double round-robin play began in 1999.
Patriot League Weekly Awards
MOLTEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ARIANA MANKUS, ARMY Sr., OH, Lisle, Ill.
Mankus led all players in kills (13), digs (12) and hitting (.667) in the Black Knights’ 3-0 win over Holy Cross Saturday night at West Point. The senior committed just one error on 18 swings and averaged 4.33 kills and 4.00 digs per set. She tallied three block assists and three service aces as well. Army stayed in second place in the League at 4-1, just one match behind 5-0 Colgate. It’s Mankus’ second weekly honor of the season, with both coming in the last three weeks.
MOLTEN ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
ALLISON CAPPELLINO, AMERICAN Fr., L, Penfield, N.Y.
Cappellino was the defensive leader for the Eagles as they rallied from two sets down to defeat Navy 3-2 on Friday evening. She helped force the Mids into negative hitting percentages in set three, enabling the Eagles to climb within 2-1, and again in the fifth and deciding set. She finished with 19 digs in the match with three assists and a pair of aces. She also had 15 digs in a four-set win earlier in the week over Morgan State. For the week she averaged 3.78 digs per frame with five aces in the two American wins. It’s Cappellino’s third Rookie of the Week award this season.
REBECCA HEATH, AMERICAN Sr., OH, Naperville, Ill.
Heath hit .295 and averaged 2.89 kills and 1.78 digs per set in a pair of American victories, including a come-from-behind five-set win over Navy.
ZOE KREITENBERG, ARMY Fr., MB, Los Alamitos, Calif.
Kreitenberg started her seventh straight match and hit .429 with seven kills and just one error in Saturday’s win over Holy Cross.
DIANE SEELY, COLGATE So., MB, Menlo Park, Calif.
Seely averaged 3.0 kills per set and hit .357 with just two errors on 28 swings in Colgate’s 3-1 win over Bucknell on Thursday. She also logged five total blocks.
AMANDA CLARK, LEHIGH Jr., MB, Irvine, Calif.
Clark hit .400 with 11 kills and a single error in 25 attempts to lead Lehigh to its 3-0 win at rival Lafayette. She tallied four digs in the match and two block assists.