Oct. 22, 2013
Patriot League Volleyball Release - 10.22.13 (PDF)
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. -- Army stayed atop the League standings by one-half match after posting back-to-back 3-0 wins over Holy Cross last week, and American and Colgate remain hot on its heels. The Eagles won in three at Navy on Friday, while the Raiders logged consecutive straight-sets wins at Bucknell and Lafayette on Friday and Saturday.
PATRIOT LEAGUE QUICK HITS
Bucknell and Colgate square off for the second time in five days when the Raiders host Tuesday's contest in Hamilton, N.Y., at 7 p.m. on Patriot League Network.
Seven more League contests are scheduled across Friday and Saturday, with five airing on Patriot League Network.
Navy hosts Towson Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the only non-League match on the schedule over the next seven days.
Loyola Maryland's Mindy Maloney posted the season's best hitting percentage in any match by a League player at .812 (13 kills, 0 errors, 16 tries) in the Greyhounds' four-set loss to Navy on Wednesday. It was the highest for a Loyola player since at least 2002 and just shy of the school record of .857 set in 1992.
Army senior D.J. Phee is 26 digs shy of becoming the second in League history with 1,700.
Lehigh senior Rachel Charles is 28 away from becoming the fourth to reach 1,600 career digs in League annals.
Lehigh leads the country in aces per set (2.01), while Holy Cross (28th), Colgate (32nd), Army (40th) and Loyola Maryland (43rd) also rank in the top 50.
Colgate senior Lindsay Young had her best hitting weekend of the season when she struck .392 in the victories over Bucknell and Lafayette.
Allison Cappellino became the fifth different student-athlete from American named Molten Player of the Week on Monday.
Lehigh's Jade Van Streepen hit a season-high .406 in Saturday's sweep of NJIT. She finished with 17 kills and nine digs, narrowly missing out on her eighth double-double of the season.
American finishes out a stretch of four road matches when it visits Loyola on Friday.
Army has yielded just three sets during its current six-match win streak, and has posted four consecutive sweeps.
The NCAA released its latest RPI data on Monday. Colgate is the top League team listed at No. 54, with American a close second at No. 61. Army is No. 79, followed by Lehigh (171), Navy (232), Bucknell (248), Holy Cross (257), Loyola (274) and Lafayette (281).
Patriot League Notebook
KNOW YOUR TIEBREAKERS
As the League season continues on, tiebreakers will become an essential tool for seeding teams for the upcoming Patriot League Tournament, set for Saturday-Sunday, Nov. 23-24 on the campus of the No. 1 seed. Head-to-head match results are the primary tiebreaker, with individual sets won in those contests also used to separate teams. In the event of a multi-way tie, match results (and sets won) against all other teams in the tie are utilized. If a tie remains in both two-way or multi-way after the head-to-head process is performed, then records against the rest of the League are compared beginning at the top of the standings and moving down.
LOYOLA UPS NUMBER TO NINE
Before Loyola Maryland's official entry on July 1, it had been over a decade since the Patriot League had added a volleyball member. American had been the most recent addition in 2001, and since then the Eagles have captured 10 of 12 titles. The Greyhounds are looking for a similar string of success over the next dozen years. Third-year head coach Jake Lawrence guides a roster led by six seniors, and Loyola is hoping that leadership translates into a shot at contending for a League crown in its first season.
With 119 points and eight first-place votes, American was chosen as the preseason favorite in the Patriot League in voting conducted by its head coaches and sports information directors who could not cast a ballot for their own schools or student-athletes. The Eagles were a set away from claiming their 11th League championship in 12 seasons, but host Colgate rallied for a thrilling five-set victory to send American home disappointed. Army claimed the poll's second position with 112 points and five first-place votes, while the defending champion Raiders were third with 111 points and the last five first-place ballots. Lehigh (78 points), Navy (76), Loyola (52), Bucknell (50), Holy Cross (28) and Lafayette (22) rounded out the poll.
COLGATE TRIES FOR REPEAT
American's dominance since 2001 has made it difficult for other teams to win one League crown, let alone two. But that's exactly what Colgate will try to do after claiming its first Patriot League title since 1999. It was the fifth crown for the Raiders, who also captured the trophy in 1990, 1995 and 1996. In fact, Colgate joins American and Army as the only programs to win consecutive championships. Army did it in 1991-92, while American won eight straight from 2001-08 and two more in 2010-11.
HEAVY ON EXPERIENCE
Army senior OH Margaux Jarka was tabbed the preseason Player of the Year by the head coaches and sports information directors, and was one of two Black Knights to make the squad. Along with junior S Mary Vaccaro, the pair combines for a potent 1-2 combination that also features senior L D.J. Phee leading Army's defense. Seniors Kaylee Fifer (S) and Lindsay Young (OH) represent Colgate, while Lehigh placed seniors Rachel Charles (L) and Amanda Clark (MB). Navy senior OH Erin Fortner rounded out the seven-member preseason All-League team, of which Vaccaro is the only underclassman.
WATCH FREE ON THE PATRIOT LEAGUE NETWORK
2013-14 is the first of a multi-year agreement between the Patriot League and Campus Insiders who have teamed up to create the Patriot League Network, a streaming platform that will enable fans to watch League regular season and championship events for free. Currently more than 40 volleyball matches are tentatively scheduled to stream on the Network, both League and non-League, including the Patriot League Tournament.
INTRODUCING THE GREYHOUNDS
Jake Lawrence is in his third season as the head coach at Loyola Maryland, which comes to the Patriot League from the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. The Greyhounds' first season was 1990, coincidentally the first season of Patriot League volleyball, and their first conference crown came in 1991. Loyola repeated in `92, but has been held without a trophy since. Key players include a pair of seniors in MB Jac Bullock and OH Faye Lukas. Bullock led the MAAC in hitting (.337) and earned second-team all-conference honors, while Lukas averaged 3.61 kills per set.
NCAA RECOGNIZES LEAGUE AGAIN
The Patriot League was once again a big winner when the NCAA announced its latest set of Academic Performance Program Public Recognition Awards and Academic Progress Rate data in June. Volleyball teams from Bucknell, Lafayette and Lehigh were three of the 71 total League teams cited for finishing in the top 10 percent of their sport in the most recent multi-year APR data, while six of eight schools from before the July 1 expansion boasted an APR of 985 or better. League newcomer Loyola fits right in with an APR of 986 for the 2011-12 academic year.
Patriot League Weekly Awards (10.14-10.22)
MOLTEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ALLISON CAPPELLINO, AMERICAN So., OH/L, Penfield, N.Y.
The sophomore outside hitter/libero combo helped American remain within one-half match of first place in the Patriot League standings with team-bests of 12 kills and 13 digs in American's straight-sets sweep at Navy on Friday night. She hit .455 for the match with only two errors on 22 tries while also netting one block assist. For the match, Cappellino averaged 4.00 kills and 4.33 digs per set. It's Cappellino's first weekly award of the season.
MOLTEN ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
OLIVIA FAIRFIELD, ARMY Fr., MB, Iowa City, Iowa
Fairfield picks up her third straight Rookie of the Week nod and fourth of the season after helping the Black Knights to a pair of 3-0 sweeps of Holy Cross last week. In the first meeting on Tuesday, the rookie middle blocker had seven kills in 16 swings with three errors to hit .250 in the victory. She was strong in the service game as well with five aces. In the back end of the home-and-home series on Saturday, Fairfield finished with six kills on 11 tries with no errors (.545) to go along with a pair of block assists in another 3-0 win on the road. Fairfield hit .370 for the week while averaging 2.17 kills per frame.
MEGAN WILTON, ARMY Sr., MB, Roseville, Calif.
Averaged 3.33 kills per frame and hit .400 in Army's two wins over Holy Cross last week. Tallied five blocks, including four in Saturday's sweep in Worcester, Mass.
LINDSAY YOUNG, COLGATE Sr., OH, Tampa, Fla.
Hit .392 and averaged 2.50 kills in the Raiders' back-to-back 3-0 wins at Bucknell and Lafayette on Friday and Saturday. Hit a season-best .429 in Saturday's win over the Leopards.
JADE VAN STREEPEN, LEHIGH Jr., OH, Austin, Texas
Averaged 4.00 kills and 2.63 digs while striking .280 in a pair of Lehigh victories. Logged her seventh double-double of the season with 15 kills and 12 digs in the Mountain Hawks' come-from-behind 3-2 win at Lafayette on Friday.
MINDY MALONEY, LOYOLA MARYLAND Jr., MB, Homer Glen, Ill.
Hit an incredible .812 (13 kills on 16 tries with no errors) and finished with five blocks in the Greyhounds' four-set loss to Navy on Wednesday. It's the best hitting performance for a League student-athlete this season.