Sara Rishell and American could be on the verge of another berth in the Patriot League Tournament.
Nov. 2, 2012
CENTER VALLEY, Pa. — This weekend is shaping up to be a critical one in Patriot League Volleyball, as first-place Colgate eyes a berth in the League tournament and sets its sights on potentially hosting the four-team field in two weeks.
The Raiders are just one victory away from punching their ticket to the Patriot League Tournament, but it won’t be easy. Colgate welcomes second-place Army to Hamilton, N.Y., Friday night, and the Black Knights have similar designs on the postseason. Friday’s match between the two, in essence, comes down to the winner clinching a bid to the tournament. The loser, though, has another opportunity to secure a bid on Saturday. Colgate will host Holy Cross, while Army heads to Bucknell.
The aftermath of Hurricane Sandy has wreaked a little havoc on the volleyball schedule this weekend. Because of power issues, Lafayette’s match Friday against Navy and Saturday’s bout with American will be played as part of doubleheaders at Lehigh.
Speaking of the Eagles, they’ve won three in a row to move into sole possession of third place at 7-3. Any combination of two American wins and two Navy losses this weekend would clinch a playoff berth for the Eagles.
Patriot League Notebook
• Army’s Ariana Mankus jumped into the League’s all-time top 10 in kills last week. She has 1,471 for her career, placing her seventh in League history. Her 1,376 career digs place her 10th all-time in League annals, and just two shy of ninth.
• Four teams have at least 10 wins, two are within one and a third is two shy of double figures for the season. The Patriot League has had at least six teams reach double figures in wins each of the last two seasons. 2001 was the only season in the current eight-team format where seven squads logged at least 10 wins.
• Depending on Friday night’s results, Lehigh could be in position to clinch a Patriot League Tournament berth in Saturday’s match against visiting Navy.
• Holy Cross senior Megan Lynch has 1,442 career kills, placing her 11 shy of breaking into the League’s all-time top 10.
• American, Army and Colgate are trying to extend playoff-appearance streaks. The Black Knights are aiming for their 14th Patriot League Tournament qualification, the Eagles their 12th and the Raiders their sixth. Lehigh is trying to make it to the four-team field for the third time in four years.
• Lehigh coach Bob Bertucci is four wins shy of 700 for his career.
Patriot League Weekly Awards
MOLTEN PLAYER OF THE WEEK
ARIANA MANKUS, ARMY Sr., OH, Lisle, Ill.
Mankus logged 12 kills in Friday’s sweep of Manhattan, lifting her into the Patriot League’s all-time top 10 in the category. She followed up with another 12-kill performance Saturday as Army stayed in second place in the League standings with a 3-0 win at Holy Cross. In six sets, Mankus averaged 4.00 kills 3.00 digs per set while hitting .317.
MOLTEN ROOKIE OF THE WEEK
ALLISON CAPPELLINO, AMERICAN Fr., L, Penfield, N.Y.
Cappellino led the Eagles’ defensive effort once again, averaging 3.43 digs per set as American went 1-1 on the week, including Friday’s four-set win over Navy. After logging 12 digs in American’s match earlier in the week against Maryland, Cappellino recorded another 12 versus the Mids. She also logged five assists for the week.
SARA RISHELL, AMERICAN So., OH/MB, Smithsburg, Md.
Rishell averaged 3.57 kills per set, hit .304 and logged four digs during American’s 1-1 week. She had 16 kills, three kills and a pair of blocks in the four-set win over Navy.
LINDSAY YOUNG, COLGATE Jr., OH, Tampa, Fla.
Young hit .258 with 14 kills and picked up four digs in Colgate’s sweep of Bucknell Thursday night.
EMILY OLIVER, HOLY CROSS Fr., OH/RS, Carlsbad, Calif.
Oliver averaged 3.33 kills per set and hit .360 during the Crusaders’ 1-1 week.
AMANDA CLARK, LEHIGH Jr., MB, Irvine, Calif.
Clark hit .372 during Lehigh’s 2-0 week and averaged 3.67 kills per frame. She had 14 strikes in the sweep of Delaware State.