Collegiate Volleyball Alumni

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This page is dedicated to our Jammer Alumni who have gone on to play collegiate volleyball. Congratulations to you all! Kaminski helps lead team to 10th NCAA Championship
University Heights, Ohio, November 21, 2009 – The No. 4 Washington University in St. Louis volleyball team defeated No. 1 Juniata College, 3-1 (18-25, 26-24, 25-17, 25-21) to capture the 2009 NCAA Division III National Championship on Saturday, Nov. 21, at the DeCarlo Varsity Center in University Heights, Ohio. In the process, Washington University increases its NCAA-record national championship total to 10, and the Bears capture the NCAA title for the first time since 2007.

It is the third national title for WU head coach Rich Luenemann, who also led his team to the pinnacle of Division III volleyball in 2003 and 2007. “From the time that you see us step out on the court, with the intensity and the emotion and the focus that we have, this is easily one of the greatest success stories I have ever been a part of,” Luenemann said.

Marya Kaminski powered Washington U. in the third set, tallying five kills. In the fourth set Kaminski asserted herself offensively, tallying her 10th kill of the match to end the Juniata run and her 11th to put Washington University ahead 20-16, and spark a 5-0 run to effectively clinch a 2-1 lead for the Bears. Kaminski had a total of 12 kills and hit .588 in the championship match and played a large role on the court in the win. “During the game, it was surreal,” she said. ” I got to contribute on the court, which was exciting.”

2 of 6 Western Athletic Conference  All Freshman Team are Jammers

LAS VEGAS, NV – The Western Athletic Conference 2009 volleyball postseason award winners, as selected by the league’s head coaches, were announced tonight at the WAC Volleyball Tournament banquet. Two Jammer Alumni players earned honors as freshman Elissa Ji and Caitlain Andrade were chosen to the WAC Freshman squad. 

Ji earned a starting spot in her first season in the silver and blue of Nevada.  Her 1.21 kills and 1.89 points per set is fourth on the team.

 Andrade was the San Jose State starting setter this season. She averaged 8.04 assists per set and led the team with 26 service aces. Andrade ended the season with 11 double-doubles.

November 25, 2009  LEXINGTON, Ky. – Heather Mau of Adelphi was named onto the 2009 American Volleyball Coaches Association’s All-East Region Team, which was announced by the association Tuesday.

November 24, 2009  Loudonville, N.Y Siena senior captain Kau’i Robello was Siena’s lone representative on the MAAC Volleyball All-Tournament Team. Robello had 49 assists and 10 digs in the Saints’ heartbreaking 3-2 loss to eventual Champion Niagara in the semifinals. Robello emerged as the Saints setter late in the year and helped guide the program to six straight league wins to end the season and a #3 seed in the MAAC Tournament. She played a key role for Siena’s MAAC Championship teams in each of the last three seasons. Robello’s 1,281 career digs rank fourth on Siena’s all-time career charts.

November 23, 2009  PORTLAND, Ore.—Coming off a season in which he Cavaliers clinched a spot in the Cascade Collegiate Conference playoffs with two weeks of action remaining, Concordia’s setter Skyler Kamaka (Kaneohe, Hawaii) earned honorable mention all-conference recognition. Kamaka led the conference with 8.89 assist per game. She also added 171 digs and 23 aces for the Cavaliers Raluca Dinca and Mariana Toscano were named to the All-CCC team, on Monday.

San Jose, CA – Spartan volleyball freshman Caitlin Andrade was named to the Western Athletic Conference All-Freshman Team, as selected by the conference’s head coaches. Andrade was the San Jose State starting setter this season. She averaged 8.04 assists per set and led the team with 26 service aces. Andrade ended the season with 11 double-doubles.

LAS VEGAS, NV – The Western Athletic Conference 2009 volleyball postseason award winners, as selected by the league’s head coaches, were announced tonight at the WAC Volleyball Tournament banquet. Three Nevada players earned honors as junior Kylie Harrington earned first-team All-WAC honors for the second year in a row and freshman Elissa Ji was chosen to the WAC Freshman squad. Harrington leads the team averaging 3.55 kills and 3.89 points per set which also ranks in the top 10 in both categories in the WAC. Ji earned a starting spot in her first season in the silver and blue. Her 1.21 kills and 1.89 points per set is fourth on the team.

November 15, 2009  South Easton, MA – Adelphi University placed two athletes on Northeast-10 All-Conference team and also had an All-Rookie selection as voted by the conference’s head coaches and announced on Saturday, November 14. Junior Hilary Pavels was a first-team selection, while junior Heather Mau made an appearance on the second-team and Bree Popham was an All-Rookie honoree.

November 10, 2009  WEST HAVEN, Conn. — The University of New Haven women’s volleyball student-athlete, Tia Inong, was named Northeat-10 Freshmen of the Week after leading the Chargers to its second consecutive Ne-10 regular season championship title. UNH was also undefeated in conference play for the second season in a row with a 15-0 record. Inong, who earned NE-10 Setter of the Week on Nov. 2, led the Chargers’ offense with 57 assists in seven sets (8.14 assists per set). The freshman also registered five kills, five digs and two blocks. She handed out a week-high 39 assists on Saturday against Saint Michael’s.

PORTLAND, Ore. – As announced Monday by the Cascade Collegiate Conference office, Jammer Alum Skyler Kamaka was awarded Academic All-Conference recipient in the sport of volleyball. To earn recognition as a Cascade Collegiate Conference scholar-athlete, a student must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.2 and sophomore standing.

November 2, 2009  WEST HAVEN, Conn. – Two University of New Haven volleyball student-athletes received Northeast-10 Conference accolades. Tia Inong was named NE-10 Setter of the Week, while Keidy Candelaria received NE-10 Freshmen of the Week honors. The duo helped lead the Chargers to a pair of victories over Bentley (3-2) on Friday and Stonehill (3-0) on Saturday. Inong nabbed her first NE-10 honor of the season following a successful weekend. She stepped into the Chargers’ starting setter position and handed out 10.75 assists per game. Inong tallied 86 assists through the two matches, including a season-high 52 on Friday night, while registering 18 digs and three blocks.

October 20, 2009  Garden City, N.Y. – Adelphi University junior Heather Mau (Honolulu, HI) has been named Northeast-10 (NE-10) Setter of The Week as announced by the conference office on October 19. This is the first honor for Mau and the third for the program this season. Mau had 95 assists on the week, averaging 11.88 per game in wins over Bentley and Stonehill that helped keep the Panthers perfect in Northeast-10 play at 9-0. She also added 24 digs, six service aces and two block assists on the week. The Panthers return to action on Tuesday, October 20 when they travel to Old Westbury, New York for a 7:00 pm meeting with NYIT.

October 19, 2009  DENVER, CO – San Jose State freshman setter Caitlin Andrade has been named Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Oct. 12-18. This is the first-ever WAC Player of the Week honor for Andrade. The Kailua, Hawai’i (Kamehameha HS), native tallied 133 assists, 49 digs, 14 kills and eight service aces over three matches as the Spartans picked up their first win of the season. Andrade posted three double-doubles on the week and has six consecutive dating back to Sept. 26. In the first match of the week against Sacramento State, she just missed a triple-double, finishing with 46 assists, a season-best 18 digs and eight kills. Andrade followed that up with 33 assists and 16 digs in a loss to New Mexico State. The sophomore saved her best for last as she posted career highs of 54 assists and four service aces to go with 15 digs and five kills on 10 attempts and no errors in a five-set win over Louisiana Tech, San Jose State’s its first victory of the season. For the week, Andrade averaged 9.50 assists, 3.50 digs, 1.00 kills on .323 hitting and 0.57 service aces.

October 16, 2009  DENVER, CO – Nevada junior outside hitter Kylie Harrington has been named the Verizon Wireless Western Athletic Conference Volleyball Player of the Week for the week of Nov. 9-15. This is the first-ever WAC Player of the Week honor for Harrington. The Honolulu native tallied 54 kills, 22 digs, three assists and two service aces as Nevada went 2-1 in WAC matches last week to clinch a spot in the upcoming WAC Tournament. Harrington averaged 4.91 kills on .283 hitting, 5.14 points and 2.00 digs and led the Pack in kills in all three matches. In the first match of the week at Fresno State, she established career highs with 25 kills and 27 points and hit .298 as the Pack won 3-1. In Thursday’s 3-1 loss to New Mexico State, Harrington totaled a team-high 11 kills. In the final match of the week, she had a match-high 18 kills and hit a career-best .571 as Nevada swept Louisiana Tech 3-0.

October 9, 2009  PORTLAND, Ore.—After helping Concordia to a 2-0 week in league action, Mariana Toscano and Skyler Kamaka were named the Cascade Collegiate Conference Players of the Week, as announced by the conference office on Monday.

September 29, 2009  PORTLAND, Ore.—For the second time this month, Concordia sophomore Skyler Kamaka was named the Cascade Collegiate Conference Setter of the Week, as announced by the league office on Monday. Kamaka averaged nearly seven assists per game as the Cavaliers posted 3-0 sweeps over Northwest and Evergreen. She also had two aces and 10 digs to boost the Cavs into third place in the league standings. Kamaka leads the conference with 7.78 assists per game average, more than one full assist higher than the next competitor.

September 28, 2009  Kylie Harrington Named Student-Athlete of the Week Reno, NV- Junior outside hitter Kylie Harrington has been named the Nevada Student-Athlete of the Week presented by McDonald’s for the week of Sept. 21-27. A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, Harrington turned in career highs with 22 kills and 20 digs in Nevada’s 3-1 win over Fresno State in its Sept. 26 Western Athletic Conference victory. That marked the ninth consecutive year that the Wolf Pack has won its WAC opener.

September 19, 2009  CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The Boston College volleyball team was victorious in its final match of the weekend, flying past Rhode Island 3-1 in the Power Gymnasium in Chestnut Hill, Mass. For her excellent play during the weekend, Brennan Clark earned All-Tournament team honors for the Eagles.

September 14, 2009  SMITHFIELD, R.I. –Bryant University volleyball freshman Macy Mitravich (Waimanalo, Hawaii) garnered Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week honors for her 17-kill, 27-dig performance in two matches last week, as announced by the conference office Monday afternoon. The award is the first weekly honor not just for Mitravich or the Bulldog volleyball program, but for Bryant University Athletics as a whole, having just become eligible for the weekly recognition in 2009-10.

Charlotte, N.C. – The 49ers runners-up of the 2009 Comfort Suites 49er Invitational in Halton Arena over the weekend. Redshirt junior Kat Hicks was named to the all-tournament team.

September 12, 2009  Reno, Nev. – Junior Kylie Harrington was named to the all-tournament team for her play this weekend

September 9, 2009  QUEENS, New York – Three players from the Boston College volleyball team were selected for the All-Tournament team from the St. John’s Classic held this past weekend in Queens, New York. Sophomores Brennan Clark and Mollie Kolosky along with freshman Krissy Mussenden earned recognition for their outstanding play during the tournament. Clark was the primary backstop of the Eagle’s defense, registering 50 digs over the course of the three games. She has now totaled 115 on the young season, good enough for third in the ACC.

September 5, 2009  CEDAR CITY, Utah -Freshman libero, Courtney Lelepali was named the best libero at the University of Denver Invitational last weekend.

Reno-NV- Nevada junior Kylie Harrington was named to the Wildcat Classic by Marriott Tucson University Park All-Tournament team September 1, 2009 Nevada’s Kylie Harrington was placed on the 2009 WAC Preseason Coaches’ team as selected by the nine coaches.

June 15, 2009  TOWSON, Md. – The incoming freshman class for the Tiger volleyball program earned a spot on the honorable mention list as Prepvolleyball.com announced its top college recruiting classes of 2009. The 2009 freshman class for the Tigers includes Rachel Gambow, Amanda Halls, Kelsey Hoefer, I’ishah Keliikoa, Stacey Niehoff and Evan Schulz. “I am thrilled to have our program mentioned on this list. It is a tremendous compliment to Rachel, Amanda, Kelsey, I’ishah, Stacey and Evan,” said Coach Paul Koncir. “Of course they have some learning and growing ahead of them, but they make for a very bright future for the program. We are all excited to get started in August”. The Tigers were the only Colonial Athletic Association team to be listed among the rankings that included the top 30 and teams receiving either highest honorable mention, high honorable mention or honorable mention honors. “As you build towards a future including a championship, two things become critical,” added Koncir. “One is to establish a sense of character, discipline, work ethic and unity. The other is to bring in young talent that can flourish and advance the chase for the goal.” 

Jammer Alumni Heather Mau and Tricia Yoshimura played against each other recently and got a chance to reunite with Jammer family. See bottom of page for all the stories from around the US on our Jammer Alumni.

Alumni Colleges

Jammer Alumni play at many different colleges around the country. The following table shows our girls and their schools.

Name

College

Position /

Height

Grad

Year

High School / Home

Jammer Years

Caitlain Andrade San Jose State University  (San Jose, CA) Setter   / 5′ 9″ 2009 Kamehameha   / Kailua, HI 3
Kelly Chang University of Nevada-Reno (Reno, NV) Defensive Specialist   /  ‘ 2″ 2009 Hawaii   Baptist Academy / Honolulu, HI 7
Shaylnn Ho Claremont McKenna College (Claremont, CA) Defensive   Specialist /  5′ 2″ 2009 Punahou   / Mililani, HI 7
Tiana Inong University of New Haven  (Westhaven, CT) Setter   / 5′ 10″ 2009 Pearl   City HS /  Ewa Beach, HI 4
Kristin Keeno Amherst College (Amherst, MA) Libero   – Defensive Specialist/5’ 5” 2009 Punahou/Honolulu,   HI 8
Pihana Kea University of Pacific (Stockton, CA) Setter   /5’5″ 2009 Punahou   / Honolulu, HI 8
I`ishah Keliikoa Towson University  (Towson, MD) Middle   –  Right Hitter / 6′ 0″ 2009 Iolani   HS / Honolulu, HI 3
Elissa Ji University of Nevada-Reno (Reno, NV) Outside   Hitter / 5’10” 2009 Maryknoll   / Honolulu, HI 4
Courtney Kaihilei Lelepali Southern Utah University  (Cedar City, UT) Libero   – Defensive Specialist/5’ 7” 2009 Punahou   /Honolulu, HI 6
Macy Mitravich Bryant University  (Smithfield, RI) Middle   Blocker – Outside Hitter  5’10” 2009 Sacred   Hearts Academy / Honolulu, HI 3
Candace Soares San Jacinto College  (Houston, TX) Outside   Hitter / 5’ 9” 2009 Mililani   HS / Mililani, HI 4
Gabrielle Whitworth University of Albany  (Albany, NY) Middle Blocker – Right Side Hitter  6’ 0” 2009 Kalaheo   HS /Kailua HI 3
Anuhea Akamine Northwest University (Kirkland, WA)
Outside Hitter
5’ 8”
 2008  Kamehameha /

Hauula, HI
 7

 

Brennan Clark

 

Boston College (Boston, MA)

Libero/Outside   Hitter

5’10”

2008

University/

Mililani,   HI

2

Angela Heath

 

Academy of Arts University

(San Francisco, CA)

Middle   Blocker

5’10”

2008

Campbell/

Ewa   Beach, HI

6

Skyler Kamaka

Concordia (Portland, Or)

Setter

5’   8”

2008

Kamehameha/Kaneohe,   HI

7

Moana Masaniai

San Jacinto Community College

(Pasadena, TX)

Middle   Blocker / Outside Hitter

5’   11”

2008

Kamehameha   / Zaipahu, HI

2

Jordan Meredith

Boston College (Boston, MA)

Outside   Hitter
6’0″

2008

Kamehameha   /Honolulu, HI

8

Lauren Minkel

Long Beach State (Long Beach, CA)

Defensive   Specialist / 5′ 9″

2008

Iolani /Honolulu,   HI

 2

Tianna Pearson

Hope International University

 (Fullerton, CA)

Defensive   Specialist / Right Side

5’   8”

2008

Word   of Life Academy /Wahiawa, HI

5

Haililani Pokipala

Fairfield University (Fairfield, CT)

Outside   Hitter /
5’10”

2008

Sacred   Hearts Academy
/Honolulu, HI

 2

Kylie Harrington

University of Nevada-Reno (Reno, NV)

Outside   Hitter

5’   10”

2007

St.   Francis

4

Kealohilani Kea

Pepperdine University (Malibu, CA)

Setter   / Libero

5’8”

2007

Kamehameha/Honolulu,   HI

7

Heather Mau

 

Adelphi University (Garden City, NY)

Setter/Defensive   Specialist

5’6”

2007

Maryknoll/

Honolulu,   HI

3

Marya Kaminski

Washington University (St, Louis, MO)

Middle   Hitter/ Right Side

6’0”

2007

Iolani   /

Kailua,   HI

5

Deven Bukosi

Cal State Fullerton (Fullerton, CA)

Outside   Hitter

5’11”

2006

Kamehameha/Kula,   HI

2

Kathleen Hicks

University of North Carolina at Charlotte   (Charlotte, NC)

Middle   Hitter

6’1”

2006

Kalaheo   /

Kaneohe,   HI

1

Jessamy Holland

Lewis & Clark (Portland, Or)

Outside   Hitter

6’0”

2006

Punahou/

Honolulu,   HI

1

Kaui Robello

 

Siena College (Loudonville, NY)

Setter   / Defensive Specialist

5’7”

2006

Punahou/

Honolulu,   HI

1

Tricia Yoshimura

Hawaii Pacific University (Honolulu, HI)

Defensive   Specialist/Libero

5’3”

2006

Hawaii   Baptist Academy/

Honolulu,   HI

9

Brandi Higa

Fairfield University (Fairfield, CT)

Libero   / Defensive Specialist

5’4”

2005

Hawaii   Baptist Academy

/   Honolulu, HI

2

Lena Yee

St. Johns University (Queen’s NY)

Libero

5’2”

2005

Moanalua

/Honolulu,   HI

9

October 13, 2009

San Jose, CA Three Spartans volleyball players recorded double-doubles, and two others had over 20 digs against Sacramento State Tuesday night.   San Jose State won the first two sets of the match, but the Hornets rallied to win the final three sets to win the non-conference match, 25-27, 18-25, 25-21, 25-18, 15-10.

For the fourth consecutive match, Caitlin Andrade recorded a double-double.  Tuesday night she had 46 assists and 18 kills and added eight kills and two service aces. 

“We ran our offense nicely in sets one and two, attacking and playing consistently,” said San Jose State head coach Oscar Crespo.  “However, we lost the match but not running our offense over the last three sets.  We got a bit tired later in the match and let them back in to take control.

 

Cedar City, Utah–  Southern Utah women’s volleyball will begin the second stretch of the conference season when the Thunderbirds host rematches with IUPUI and Western Illinois this weekend.  SUU will host IUPUI on Thursday night and Western Illinois on Saturday night with both games scheduled to begin at 7:00 p.m.
“IUPUI have been playing a much faster offense than when we had played them,” head coach Debby Baker said of the contest.  “We are excited to play both of these teams at home because we have one of the best crowds in the league.
“We probably played our worst game of the season at Western Illinois,” she continued.  “So, we are really looking forward at having another shot to play them.”
Southern Utah split its two games last weekend, picking up its first road victory of the season at Centenary.  However, that game was followed with a loss at Oral Roberts.  The Thunderbirds suffered losses to both IUPUI and Western Illinois earlier in the year.
Redshirt freshman Analaine Pelaez continues to power the Thunderbird offense with team highs of 278 kills and 866 attempts.  She is joined in triple-digit kills by Jazmine Ma’afala (182), Cashaana Renfro (130) and Tess Lawrence with 114.


Courtney Lelepali has been the anchor of the Thunderbird defense, recording team highs in digs (260) and service aces (20).  Brittney Clark leads the team with 599 assists, while Renfro leads the team with 55 blocks.
Southern Utah will enter the games with a 5-13 record overall and 3-6 record in conference, but could move up to as high as third in the Summit League standings with back-to-back wins this weekend.

Portland, OR Nearly matching a season high with a .347 hitting percentage, Concordia defeated Warner Pacific 3-0 (25-22, 25-16, 25-17) in Cascade Collegiate Conference volleyball action on Friday night. With the result, CU improved to 11-6 on the year and 8-2 in the CCC while Warner Pacific fell to 7-9 overall and 3-7 in league play.

Dinca, Doremus and Toscano each reached double figures in kills with Dinca recording a match-high 12 terminations. Leah Gradwohl (Salem, Ore.) led the Knights with eight kills while teammates Megan Marineau (Portland, Ore.) and Claire Van Meer (Abbotsford, B.C.) each added six.

CU’s Skyler Kamaka averaged more than 12 assists per game with a match-high 37 assists while Kim Lindow (Gresham, Ore.) snared 20 digs to post a match best.

 October 11, 2009 Fairfield, CT- The Fairfield University volleyball team won its fourth straight match with a 3-0 (25-13, 25-15, 25-19) victory over Saint Peter’s College this afternoon at Alumni Hall. With the win, the Stags improve to 7-1 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) and 9-10 on the season.

Senior Katie Mann (Del Mar, Calif.), the reigning MAAC Offensive Player of the Week, posted match-high 17 kills on .519 hitting along with two total blocks. Junior Lauren Hughes (Costa Mesa, Calif.) tallied 10 kills while sophomore Haililani Pokipala (Honolulu, Hawaii) recorded 14 digs and seven kills.

October 10, 2009

Reno, NV– The University of Nevada (6-12, 2-3 WAC) volleyball snapped a three-match Western Athletic Conference losing skid down Utah State University (10-8, 2-4 WAC) in five sets at the Virginia Street Gym tonight before 483 fans. The Wolf Pack won the first set 25-22 only to drop the next two 23-25 and 18-25 but rebounded to win the last two 25-22 and 15-7 to win the match 3-2.
There were 10 ties and four lead changes in the first set before the Pack prevailed 25-22.  Nevada used a 6-0 run to break the final tie of the set and take a 23-17 lead which they did not relinquish.  Junior Kylie Harrington ended the first set with a kill off an assist from Sei.  Nevada hit .171 in the first set and USU .208.
Freshman
Erin Garvey and Harrington led four Pack players in double figures in kills with 12 each. Freshman Elissa Ji and Baldwin totaled 11 and 10 respectively.  Sei and sophomore setter Tatiana Santiago each dished out 23 assists on the night.  Sei added 10 digs to post her first double-double of the season.  Junior Libero Nicole Link finished with a match-high 29 digs and freshman Kelly Chang tallied 11.

TULSA, Okla. – Southern Utah women’s volleyball split the first two sets with Oral Roberts on Saturday night, but dropped the final two as the Thunderbirds fell 3-1 to the Golden Eagles in Tulsa.  The loss drops the T-Birds to 5-13 overall and 3-6 in the Summit league, while ORU moves to 9-8 overall and 5-4 in conference play.

Analain Pelaez led the Thunderbirds with 16 kills with Jazmine Ma’afala just behind with 14 kills.  Ma’afala added ten digs for the double-double, but it was Brittney Clark and Courtney Lelepali that led the team in digs with 11 each.  Clark also led the Thunderbirds with 32 assists and a .556 attacking percentage

Atlanta, GA – The Boston College volleyball team fell to Georgia Tech on Saturday night, dropping a 3-0 to the Yellow Jackets. BC fell to 11-7 this season while the Georgia Tech moved to 12-5.

The Eagles were led on offense by senior Taylor Williams and sophomore Mollie Kolosky, who each had nine kills on the evening. Sophomore Brennan Clark’s12 digs were also best for the team on defense.

Fairfield, CT – Four Stags had double-digit kills to help the Fairfield University volleyball team to a 3-1 (25-17, 25-20, 17-25, 26-24) victory over rival Siena College this afternoon. With the win, the Stags remain atop the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) with a 6-1 record.

Sophomore Haililani Pokipala (Honolulu, Hawaii) notched a double-double with 10 kills and a career-high 16 digs. Junior Lauren Hughes (Costa Mesa, Calif.) added 13 kills while freshman Kara Reis (Ramona, Calif.) notched 20 digs.

Fairfield, CT –  Fairfield registered 11 services aces and four Stags reached double figures in kills in a 3-1 win over Siena Saturday. The Stags jumped out to an easy 2-0 lead before Siena stormed back behind the setting of Kau’i Robello to take the third set. Fairfield claimed a 26-24 win in the decisive fourth set.  Siena switched setters in the third set and Robello helped the Saints erase an early Fairfield lead to take a 13-9 lead.

October 9, 2009

RETURN HOME TO OAHU: Three active Spartan players are making their trip back home to play in front of family and friends. Alex Akana, Caitlin Andrade and Kristal Tsukano all return to the island after choosing to play at San Jose State after successful high school careers at Kamehameha High School.

Honolulu-In their first appearances in front of family and friends in Hawaii, freshmen Caitlin Andrade and Alex Akana led the Spartans Friday night in a match at #4 Hawaii. The San Jose State volleyball team fell in straight sets to Hawaii, 25-12, 25-11, 25-

Andrade recorded her third consecutive double-double with 12 assists and 10 digs to go with four kills.
WILLAMANTIC, CT – The Amherst College volleyball team opened up play at the 2009 Crabtree Classic at Eastern Connecticut State University this evening with a 3-0 win over Emmanuel College. Amherst improved to 12-3 on the year with the 25-17, 25-19, 25-13 victory. The Lord Jeffs will face off against both sides from both the University of New England and ECSU in tomorrow’s final day of the tournament.Defensively, junior tri-captain Rachel Yorke (Los Angeles, CA) led the team with a dozen digs and just one receiving error on 14 receiving attempts. Rookie Kristin Keeno (Honolulu, HI) added seven digs for the Jeffs, while junior tri-captain Jackie Berkley (Fullerton, CA) had a pair of blocks. First-year setter Callie Neilson dished out 22 assists to lead Amherst.

SHREVEPORT, La. – Southern Utah women’s volleyball recorded another first since the return of the program this year as the Thunderbirds recorded their first road win of the season with a 26-24, 20-25, 25-19, 25-21 victory at Centenary on Friday night.  The win pushes the T-Birds to 5-12 on the year and 3-5 in Summit League play, while the Ladies remain winless in conference (0-8) and drop to 3-15 overall.Analaine Pelaez led all attackers with 23 kills and coupled that performance with 11 digs for a double-double.  Pelaez accounted for more than a third of the Thunderbirds points, recording 25 of 71 on the night.  Ma’afala joined her in double-digit digs as the junior recorded 12 while recording the best attacking percentage of the outside hitters after swinging .370.  Courtney Lelepali led the team with 12 digs while Kylie Yardley was deadly behind the service line with a team-high four service aces.

EUGENE, Ore. The Eagle volleyball team earned a 3-0 shut out (25-22, 25-15, 25-17) win on the road tonight as they defeated Northwest Christian in the Morse Event Center. Northwest’s (6-13, 5-5 CCC) Anu Akamine (Soph., Hauula, Hawaii) and Ashley Peavey would tie for team honors with 8 kills each. Akamine would add 10 digs and teammate Elle Ottow would also contribute 10 digs for the Eagles. Lauryn Ernster (Fresh., Bothell, Wash.) had a game high 25 assists for NU.

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The Boston College volleyball team dropped a tough decision to Clemson on Friday night, falling 3-0 to the Tigers. BC dropped to 11-6 this season while Clemson moved to 12-5.

Boston College was led on offense by sophomore Mollie Kolosky’s 10 kills and Jordan Meredith, Melanie Cimino and Taylor Williams who each provided eight kills for the team.

Sophomore Brennan Clark’s 14 digs were tops for the team while Meredith added 13 and junior Kristen Baader had 12.

PORTLAND, Ore.After helping Concordia to a 2-0 week in league action, Mariana Toscano and Skyler Kamaka were named the Cascade Collegiate Conference Players of the Week, as announced by the conference office on Monday.

Toscano (Portland, Ore.) .Skyler  Kamaka (Kaneohe, Hawaii), a sophomore setter, recorded 92% of the Cavs’ assists over the weekend with 53 assists versus Northwest Christian and 42 against Corban. Kamaka’s totals gives her six 40-plus assist efforts this season while her 53-assist outing marked the second time this season she has had at least 50 assists in a match. It was Kamaka’s third CCC weekly award of the season and sixth of her career.

Davis, Calif.Defensively, the 49ers had 11 more digs than the Aggies over the set, hitting .324 while holding UC Davis to .177 hitting on the night. Libero Lauren Minkel and Ledoux tied for the team lead with nine digs each, while Ashley Lee added 8 digs.

Pittsburgh, Pa. – The Charlotte 49ers volleyball team found itself in a second marathon Atlantic 10 Conference match on consecutive Fridays as it surged to win the last three sets and upend the Duquesne Dukes on the road 3-2 (20-25, 21-25, 29-27, 25-20, 15-5) at the Palumbo Center in Pittsburgh. The Niners have won their last four league matches and 11 of their last 13 overall to improve to 13-7, 4-1 in league play. The Dukes are now 12-7 on the season, with an even 2-2 conference mark.

“I am very proud of our team,” said Niners head coach Chris Redding. “It took a collective effort to win this one.”  Two of Charlotte’s top three hitters set season-high kills totals in the rally. Redshirt junior Kat Hicks (Kaneohe, Hawaii / Kalaheo HS) recorded a season-best 19 kills on the night, while freshman Bianca Rouse (Columbia, S.C. / Keenan HS) exploded for a career-high 18 kills on a .484 attack percentage. Rouse is the reigning conference Rookie of the Week.

 October 8, 2009

HONOLULU, Hawaii – The University of Nevada (5-12, 1-3 WAC) volleyball team lost its third Western Athletic Conference match in a row falling in three sets at #4 Hawai’i (14-2, 5-0 WAC) by scores of 12-25, 17-25 and 16-25 in the Stan Sheriff Center in Honolulu, Hawaii tonight.  The loss leaves the Wolf Pack 5-12 on the season and 1-3 in WAC play while the conference leading Rainbow Wahine improved to 5-0 in WAC action and 14-2 overall. Junior Kylie Harrington led the Pack with nine kills in the match.  Setters Sonnie Sei and Tatiana Santiago dished out 10 assists each.  Junior libero Nicole Link totaled a match-high 11 digs on the night.

SMITHFIELD, R.I. – The Bryant University volleyball team couldn’t get much going Thursday night against Holy Cross, dropping a 3-0 decision to the Crusaders on the road.

 Rookie setter Jadith Lorenzo (Lawrence, Mass.) collected a career-high 20 assists and a contest-high four blocks (1 solo, 3 assists) despite the loss, while freshman Macy Mitravich (Waimanalo, Hawaii) and junior libero Robyn Gardner (Longwood, Fla.) each registered six digs to pace Bryant.

 October 7, 2009

Garden City, N.Y.The Adelphi University volleyball team played host to Pace University on Wednesday, October 7 in an Northeast-10 Conference game. The Panthers took advantage of 31 Pace attack errors to pick up their 15th win of the season, 3-1 over the Setters. With the victory Adelphi improves to 15-6 overall and remains perfect in the conference at 6-0.  Heather Mau played strong, posting 31 assists in the win.

 October 6, 2009

NEW HAVEN, Conn. – The University of New Haven women’s volleyball team defeated Southern Connecticut State University 3-0 (25-23, 25-21, 25-17) Tuesday night in their 10th straight win. The Chargers improve to 13-3 overall and 6-0 in the Northeast-10 Conference, while the Owls fall to 15-4 overall and 4-4 in the NE-10.

New Haven scored the opening point Tuesday and carried the lead throughout the entire first set. The Owls tied the score at 14-14 after scoring five unanswered points in the middle of the set. The Chargers then pulled ahead 24-19 off a SCSU attack error. Southern battled back however, nearly evening the score at 24-23. A block by Elizabeth Akinbiyi and Tia Inong sealed the opening set for the Chargers.

PORTLAND, Ore.With three players reaching double figures in kills, Concordia defeated Corban 3-0 (25-21, 25-13, 25-22) in volleyball action on Saturday night. With their fourth straight win, Concordia improved to 10-6 on the year and finished the first round of play in the Cascade Collegiate Conference with a league 7-2 mark. Corban dropped to 5-12 overall and 4-5 in the CCC.

Concordia’s Skyler Kamaka (Kaneohe, Hawaii) recorded 42 assists for a rate of 14.0 assists per game. Teammate Kim Lindow (Gresham, Ore.) reached for a match-high 22 digs. Aria Nojima (Gresham, Ore.) and Dinca added 13 digs each as the Cavaliers outdug the Warriors 67-to-45.

October 5, 2009

RUSTON, La. – The University of Nevada (5-11, 1-2 WAC) volleyball teal lost its second Western Athletic Conference match in a row falling in three sets at Louisiana Tech (12-8, 2-2 WAC) by scores of 20-25, 16-25 and 21-25 at the Thomas Assembly Center in Ruston, La. this afternoon.  The loss dropped the Wolf Pack to 5-11 on the season and 1-2 in WAC action while the Lady Techsters improved to 12-8 overall and 2-2 in conference play.

Junior Kylie Harrington led Nevada with 11 kills and added 13 digs to post her team leading fifth double-double of the season.  Senior setter Sonnie Sei topped the Pack with 16 assists while sophomore setter Tatiana Santiago dished out 15.  Libero Nicole Link finished with a match-high 21 digs in the match.

CEDAR CITY, Utah – Southern Utah women’s volleyball captured the first two sets of the night, but surrendered the next three as the Thunderbirds fell 24-26, 24-26, 25-20, 25-23, 15-11 to South Dakota State on Saturday night.  The loss drops the team to 4-12 on the year and 2-5 in Summit League play while SDSU moves to 6-9 and 5-3 in conference play.

“This was a fun match,” head coach Debby Baker said.  “It just boils down to inexperience and I think we just crumbled under the pressure at the end.”

Analaine Pelaez led all attackers with 21 kills on the night and added 12 digs for her ninth double-double of the season.  Jazmine Ma’afala was behind her with 12 kills and 17 blocks for her seventh double-double of the year.  Tess Lawrence was the final T-Bird with double-digit kill numbers, recording 11 during the match while Courtney Lelepali led the team with 22 digs.

LAGRANDE, Ore. – The Eagle volleyball team fell for the second straight night as they were shut out by Eastern Oregon, 3-0 (25-15, 25-18, 25-14), in Quinn Coliseum tonight. Eagle Anu Akamine led NU with 8 kills and 5 defensive digs. Lauren Holtz added 5 kills and 6 digs and Lauryn Ernster recorded 19 assists on the night.

PORTLAND, Ore.For the second time this month, Concordia sophomore Skyler Kamaka was named the Cascade Collegiate Conference Setter of the Week, as announced by the league office on Monday. Kamaka averaged nearly seven assists per game as the Cavaliers posted 3-0 sweeps over Northwest and Evergreen. She also had two aces and 10 digs to boost the Cavs into third place in the league standings. Kamaka leads the conference with 7.78 assists per game average, more than one full assist higher than the next competitor.

Lexington, KentuckyFor the first time in the history of the Cal State Fullerton volleyball program, the Titans have received votes in the American Volleyball Coaches Association’s Top 25 Poll. Though not in the Top 25, the Titans received 6 votes this week after beating Cal Poly and UC Santa Barbara last week to improve to 11-5 overall and 2-1 in Big West Conference action. The Titans are one of four Big West teams on this week’s Top 25 Poll/Receiving Votes listing (No. 20 Long Beach State, No. 23 UC irvine, and UC Santa Barbara – receiving votes) The Titans have Senior Jammer Devin Bukoski on their team as an OH.

Buffalo, NY- Siena enjoyed one of its better offensive games of the season, again turning to two setters to get the job done. Freshman Sarah Sivertson finished with 30 assists and senior captain Kau’i Robello had 30 assists and 13 digs. Robello got the call at the end of the match, closing out the setting after the Griffs grabbed a big lead in set three and then finishing the job with solid setting in the fourth set.

San Francisco, CA – At Kezar Pavilion, the HPU women’s volleyball team fell to Academy of Art University, 3-2 (19-25, 25-13, 25-18, 23-25, 15-5). The Sea Warriors drop to 8-8 overall and 5-2 in the PacWest, while AAU improves to 15-5 overall and 5-3 in conference.

Natasha Bell led HPU with nine kills and 14 digs. Kyra Pelayo posted a team-high 16 digs.

Kelly Balanay posted eight kills and Tricia Yoshimura added 12 digs for HPU.

October 3, 2009

Manchester, NH – The Adelphi University volleyball team traveled to Manchester, New Hampshire on Friday, October 2 to face-off against Northeast-10 opponent Saint Anselm. The Panthers held of Hawks in game one, 25-21, but rolled to a 3-0 victory thanks to strong showings in game two and three. With the win Adelphi moves to 13-6 overall and a perfect 4-0 in Northeast-10 play, while Saint Anselm falls to 5-7 overall and 1-3 in the conference. Hilary Pavels led the way on offense with eight kills and added 12 digs, while Bree Popham had a game-high 18 digs. Heather Mau had 18 assists and Kelsey Hackett controlled the net with four total blocks.

Niagra Falls, NY- Upstart Niagara handed Siena its second straight MAAC loss for the first time in four years Saturday at the Gallagher Center. Freshmen attackers Kari Honomichl and Amanda Wilken combined for 34 kills and five blocks for the Purple Eagles. Siena’s dynamic duo of Burgandy McCurty and Aubrey Bobo combined for 42 kills and 18 digs in a losing effort and senior captain Kau’i Robello led all players with 24 digs.

October 2, 2009

RINDGE, N.H. – The University of New Haven women’s volleyball team defeated Franklin Pierce University 3-0 Friday night. With their eighth straight win, the Chargers improve to 11-3 overall and 4-0 in the Northeast-10 Conference, the Ravens fall to 4-12 overall and 1-3 in the NE-10.

In the second set, Franklin Pierce scored the set’s first point, but the Chargers rallied back and took a 10-7 lead off a Janeeka Benson kill. Behind the serving of Chelsey Alpough, the Chargers scored four-straight and took a 16-10 lead. The teams exchanged points before UNH took a 21-15 lead. Tia Inong served out the Chargers final four-straight points for the 25-15 win.

 CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The Boston College volleyball team attempted an amazing comeback but fell just short, as it lost a tough match to North Carolina on Friday night in Chapel Hill, 3-2. Boston College is now 10-5 on the season as North Carolina moves to 7-8.

The Eagles were led on offense by sophomore Mollie Kolosky’s 14 kills, as sophomore Brennan Clark backstopped the defense with 21 digs.

Long Beach, Calif.Long Beach State went to Naomi Washington for seven kills down the stretch as the senior led the way for the 49ers in a five-set win over UC Santa Barbara 25-18, 25-22,20-25, 18-25, 15-11. Ashley Lee added 50 assists with 15 digs for the 49ers. The 49er defense also proved to be tough again, led by Lauren Minkel who had 18 digs, along with Lee Ledoux and Libby Fontanilla who all finished with double-digit digs for Long Beach State. The Beach also finished with 10 blocks, led by Michelle Osunbor who had three solo blocks, including an important stop in the final set.

FAIRFIELD, Conn. The Fairfield University volleyball team returned home for the first time in more than two weeks and posted a 3-0 (25-16, 25-11, 25-20) victory over Manhattan College in a Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) match-up at Alumni Hall.

Sophomore Haililani Pokipala (Honolulu, Hawaii) notched eight kills and seven digs while freshman Brianna Dixion (Long Beach, Calif.) posted seven kills and five digs.

 October 1, 2009

Logan, UtahFor the second consecutive match, Caitlin Andrade recorded a double-double for the Spartan volleyball team, but San Jose State fell at Utah State, 25-18, 26-24, 25-14, Thursday night. Andrade had 31 assists and 10 digs in the match.  She added two kills and a block assist.

Las Cruces, N.M. – The University of Nevada (5-10, 1-1 WAC) volleyball team lost a Western Athletic Conference match in three sets by scores of 22-25, 21-25 and 21-25 at New Mexico State (8-4, 3-0 WAC) in the Pan American Center in Las Cruces, N.M. tonight.  With the loss the Wolf Pack fell to 1-1 in WAC play and 5-10 overall while the Aggies improved to 3-0 in conference play and 8-4 on the season.

Junior Lindsay Baldwin led the Pack with eight kills while Kylie Harrington and Elissa Ji tallied seven each.  Libero Nicole Link topped the team with 11 digs on the night while sophomore setter Tatiana Santiago dished out 18 assists.

 September 30, 2009

San Francisco, CA – At Kezar Pavilion on the Academy of Art University campus, the HPU women’s volleyball team defeated the Urban Knights, 3-0 (25-23, 25-23, 27-25). HPU improves to 7-6 overall and 4-0 in the PacWest, while AAU drops to 13-5 overall and 2-3 in conference.

Tricia Yoshimura and Natasha Bell led HPU with 13 digs each, and Mariana Souza added a team-high 11 kills. Dan Yang posted a match-high 14 kills for AAU, and Jelena Jakovljevic recorded 14 digs, also a match-high.

 September 29, 2009

WEST HAVEN, Conn. – The University of New Haven women’s volleyball team defeated the Assumption College Greyhounds 3-0 (25-14, 25-17, 25-7) Tuesday night at Charger Gymnasium. The match marks the Chargers seventh-straight victory as they improve to 10-3 overall and 3-0 in the Northeast-10 Conference. Assumption falls to 1-9 overall and 0-3 in the NE-10 with the loss.

The Greyhounds scored the first point of the final set, but after that it belonged to New Haven. Tia Inong led the Chargers on a 6-0 run to take a 6-1 lead. After Assumption scored one, UNH went on a 5-0 run behind the serving of Keidy Candelaria. Later in the set Chelsey Alpough and Sara Malmlov also went on serving runs of four points and seven points, respectively. The Chargers sealed the 25-7 victory two points later.

 September 28, 2009

Kylie Harrington Named Student-Athlete of the Week

 

Reno, NV- Junior outside hitter Kylie Harrington has been named the Nevada Student-Athlete of the Week presented by McDonald’s for the week of Sept. 21-27.

A native of Honolulu, Hawaii, Harrington turned in career highs with 22 kills and 20 digs in Nevada’s 3-1 win over Fresno State in its Sept. 26 Western Athletic Conference victory. That marked the ninth consecutive year that the Wolf Pack has won its WAC opener.

Harrington has started all 14 matches this season and is leading the team with 189 kills.

September 27, 2009

Albany, N.Y. – The Adelphi University volleyball team traveled to Albany, New York to complete their weekend action with a contest against Northeast-10 opponent St. Rose. The Panthers pushed their win streak to four with a 3-0 triumph over St. Rose, and remain unbeaten in Northeast-10 play. With the victory Adelphi improves to 12-6 overall and 3-0 in conference action, while St. Rose falls to 9-5 and 1-2.

Hilary Pavels continued her strong play, posting eight kills and adding 17 digs, while Heather Mau chipped in 31 assists and six digs. Amy Williams also reached double digit digs with 11 and Jennifer McKenna was one away with nine.

 September 26, 2009

San JoseFour Spartans recorded double-digit kills Saturday afternoon, but the San Jose State volleyball team fell to Boise State, 17-25, 22-25, 25-20, 25-21, 15-13, in Spartan Gym. Others contributing for the Spartans included Andrade with a season-best 49 assists, 11 digs, three service aces, two kills and a block assist. 

Reno, Nev. – The University of Nevada (5-9, 1-0 WAC) volleyball team opened Western Athletic Conference play with a 3-1 victory over Fresno State (7-6, 0-1 WAC) by scores of 25-23, 21-25, 25-23 and 26-24 at the Virginia Street Gym tonight.  With the victory the Wolf Pack are now 5-9 on the season and 1-0 in conference play.  The Bulldogs fell to 7-6 on the year and 0-1 in WAC play. 

Tonight’s victory marks the ninth consecutive year the Pack have won their conference opener as they improved to 9-1 in WAC openers.  The win was also the first of the season for Nevada that did not go five sets.

Kylie Harrington finished with career-highs with her 22 kills and 20 digs to post her fourth double-double of the season.  Elissa Ji posted a career-high with her 15 kills and added 14 digs to record her first career double-double.  Senior Lindsay Baldwin also reached double figures with her 10 kills. Link tallied a match-high 22 digs on the night.  Freshman Kelly Chang reached double figures with her 10 digs in the match.  Santiago dished out a match-high 40 assists.

Stockton, Calif. Behind junior Svenja Engelhardt’s match-leading 11 kills, Pacific overpowered Cal State Northridge 3-0 on Saturday, September 26.

With the victory, Pacific improved to 11-2 and 1-1 in the Big West Conference, while Cal State Northridge fell to 4-10 overall and 0-2 in conference play.

After cruising in the first set, Pacific continued the rout in set two, running out to a 10-3 lead before the Matadors could react.  Engelhardt got the Tigers rolling in the set with a pair of service aces, breaking a two match drought and setting the Tigers up for the remainder of the set.  Continuing to keep the pressure on Cal State Northridge, the Tigers broke out to 17-5 lead with senior Natalia Tomaszewska (Marklowice, Poland) behind the service line.  The senior served five straight points with Engelhardt picking up three kills during the rotation.  Up big, the Tigers sent freshmen Pihanakealoha Kea (Honolulu, Hawaii) and Gabby Cowden (Danville, Calif.) into the match to pick up valuable playing time against their conference foe. With Kea on the floor, the Tigers’ attack continued to run both on the outside and in the middle as she picked up a career-high six assists while also posting her first collegiate block, combining with Tomaszewska to deny a late Matador attack.  With Kea combining with senior Olivia Riley (Agua Dulce, Calif.), the Tigers balanced attack once again saw all five starting hitters post kills in the.  Senior Masha Vaysburg continued to push the pace in the middle, upping her output from set one (two kills on three swings) with three kills and no errors on four attempts in the set.

SMITHFIELD, R.I. – Led by a double-double from sophomore Maria Scocca (Melrose, Mass.) and double-digit kills from a trio of Bulldogs, the Bryant University volleyball team came back from a tough 3-1 loss to Howard to top Brown, 3-2, in the nightcap of the Bryant Invitational Saturday at the Chace Athletic Center.

Each of the three teams who competed on the first day of the weekend tournament – Brown, Bryant and Howard – went 1-1 on their matches.

After falling to Howard, 3-1, in their first matchup of the day, the Bulldogs (4-11) came out with a new fire against rival Brown (4-7) in the pair’s first rematch since meeting in Providence, R.I. on Sept. 10 (a 3-1 Bryant win).

But the Bulldogs would take their first hit before the contest even began, losing starting rookie Macy Mitravich (Waimanalo, Hawaii) in pregame warm-ups

KIRKLAND, Wash. – The NU Eagles snapped a three match losing streak by defeating Warner Pacific 3-1 (25-18, 23-25, 25-21, 25-20) in Cascade Conference play tonight.

Eagle Lauren Holtz, led the Eagles (5-11, 4-3 CCC) with her 18 kills and 26 digs. Ashley Peavey added 12 kills and Lauryn Ernster had a game high 39 assists. Anu Akaminecontributed 25 digs and Elle Ottow added another 15 digs for the Eagles.

Long Beach, Calif.Naomi Washington finished with 15 kills and Laura Schuck added 14 digs as Long Beach State took down Cal State Fullerton in three 25-21, 25-19, 25-21. Long Beach State bested the Titans in hitting, defense and blocking to take its third straight three-set victory.

The match was close throughout however, with 22 tie scores, including 12 in what was a tight first set, but the 49ers outlasted the Titans primarily through outstanding defense with 61 digs overall through three sets, led by Schuck and junior setter Ashley Lee with 14. Libero Lauren Minkel added nine digs, and Caitlin Ledoux had seven to go with her ten kills, second-most on the team.

September 24, 2009

San Jose-An enthusiastic crowd helped spark the Spartans in their home and Western Athletic Conference opener Thursday night.  However, San Jose State fell to Idaho in four sets, 25-13, 23-25, 25-23, 25-20, in Spartan Gym. Setter Caitlin Andrade had 39 assists, six kills, five digs and three aces. 

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The Boston College volleyball team gave its best effort in a comeback attempt, but lost a heartbreaker to Wake Forest, 3-2 on Thursday in Chestnut Hill. BC dropped to 10-3 this season while the Demon Deacons moved to 3-10.

Boston College was led on the attack by sophomore Jordan Meredith, whose 17 kills were good enough for tops on the team. The Eagles’ defense was extremely strong on the night, with four players reaching double digits in digs. Sophomore Brennan Clark led the way with 33 while junior Kristen Baader had 19 and Meredith and Mussenden added 16 of their own.

 September 21, 2009

CEDAR CITY, Utah – Sept. 21 – Southern Utah women’s volleyball will look to find an elusive road victory this week when the Thunderbirds travel to face the Utah Valley Wolverines on Tuesday night.  SUU will then look to get back on the right track in conference play when the team hosts UMKC on Saturday night. Analaine Pelaez continues to lead the team and Summit League in kills with 177 this season.  She is followed by Jazmine Ma’afala with 120 kills. Pelaez and Ma’afala are two of three T-Birds with double-digit digs with Courtney Lelepali leading the team with 176.  Lelepali also leads the team in service aces with 14 on the year.

PORTLAND, Ore.—The defending Cascade Collegiate Conference champion Coyotes from the College of Idaho defeated the Cavaliers 3-0 (25-21, 25-21, 25-9) in volleyball action on Saturday night.

Ciciley Fox (Challis, Idaho) led all attackers with 12 kill, one above teammate Ely. Madie Machurek (Eagle, Idaho) provided 34 of the team’s 39 assists while Whitney Owen (Caldwell, Idaho) was the lone Yote in double figures with 10 digs.

McKenzie Rath (Selah, Wash.) led the Cavs with eight kills off of 17 chances for a .471 attack percentage. Skyler Kamaka (Kaneohe, Hawaii) totaled 22 assists while Raluca Dinca (Portland, Ore.) collected a match-high 20 digs.

September 20, 2009

BUFFAL0, N.Y– The Fairfield University volleyball team inpromved to 2-0 in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference (MAAC) with a 3-0 (25-23, 25-18, 25-20) victory at Canisius College this afternoon. Freshman Brianna Dixion (Long Beach, CA) also had 11 kills and a career-best six total blocks. Sophomore Kendal Dirkin (Oak Park, Ill) set a career best with seven total blocks of her own. Also in double- digits were sophomore Haililani Pokipala (Honolulu, HI) and junior Lauren Hughes (Costa Mesa, CA) who each had 10 kills.

Loudonville, N.Y.- Aubrey Bobo had 14 kills and nine digs and freshman setter Sarah Sivertson recorded 35 assists and 10 digs as Siena downed Rider 3-0 (25-22, 25-12, 25-18) at UHY Court in the ARC Sunday. Burgandy McCurty added 13 kills in the win.

The Saints dominated every facet of the match, but their defense was most impressive. Rider finished with a .026 attack percentage as the Saints racked up 59 digs compared to just 38 for the Broncs. Libero Lesli Akeo led the way with 14 digs for Siena, senior captain Kau’i Robello chipped in 10 and was in on two of the team’s eight blocks.

September 19, 2009

Fullerton, Calif. – Long Beach State set a season high with .398 hitting as the 49ers picked up their biggest win of the season, upsetting No. 7 UCLA 25-19, 25-16, 25-14. Naomi Washington led the team with 13 kills, while Caitlin Ledoux added nine kills and 13 digs.

The win was the first regular-season win for the 49ers over UCLA since the last time the teams met in 1996, and was the first win for Long Beach State over a Top 10 opponent since the 49ers defeated Florida at home in 2007.

Defensively, libero Lauren Minkel finished with 17 digs and Ledoux had 13 as the 49ers finished with 55 total digs, helping hold the Bruins to .120 hitting.

 UNDERCLASSMAN TRIO LEADS BRYANT PAST FDU, 3-2, SATURDAY AFTERNOON, BULLDOGS FALL TO LEHIGH, 3-0, IN EARLY MATCH

Double-doubles from freshman Macy Mitravich (Waimanalo, Hawaii) and sophomore Jazmin Stoner (Durango, Colo.) led the Bryant University volleyball team to a 1-1 split in the final day of the Columbia Tournament, as the Bulldogs took a 3-2 win over conference foe Fairleigh Dickinson Saturday afternoon after falling to Lehigh University, 3-0, to open the day. Mitravich — had a career-high 15 kills in the match. Stoner and Mitravich each recorded double-doubles in the nightcap, with Stoner registering 13 kills and 11 digs and Mitravich collecting 15 kills with 15 digs. Scocca led the side with 20 kills and seven block assists. On the day, the trio would all record 20 or more kills, while Stoner served up five aces and Mitravich collected 20 digs. Scocca would end the day with 10 total blocks.

 

Stockton, Calif. – The University of Nevada (4-8) volleyball team rallied from a 0-2 deficit to knock off CSU Bakersfield (7-8) in its final match of the Stockton Hilton Invitational being hosted by Pacific in Stockton, Calif. Junior Lindsay Baldwin led four Nevada players in double figures with her 14 kills and fellow junior Kylie Harrington added 13.  Freshman Elissa Ji posted a career-high 11 kills.

KLAMATH FALLS, Ore.- Oregon Tech defeated the NorthWest U Eagles 3-1 in front of a crowd of 368 fans on Danny Miles Court in Cascade Conference play tonight. In closely contested sets, OIT edged the Eagles 25-20 in the first set and NU came back to win set two, 25-22. OIT would then win the next two sets to seal the match, 25-18 and 25-20. Lauren Holtz led Northwest (4-10, 3-2 CCC) with 13 kills and 14 defensive digs. Lauryn Ernster had a game high 39 assists for the Eagles and Anu Akamine added 7 kills and 12 digs.

CHESTNUT HILL, Mass. – The Boston College volleyball team was victorious in its final match of the weekend, flying past Rhode Island 3-1 in the Power Gymnasium in Chestnut Hill, Mass.

The Eagles are now 10-1 on the season while the Rams fell to 5-6.

The Eagle defense was strong and combined for a total of 13.5 blocks on the day. Boston College also had four players in double figures for digs as sophomore Brennan Clark had 21, sophomore Jordan Meredith had 18, freshman Krissy Mussenden had 12 and junior Kristen Baader had 11.

For their excellent play during the weekend, Williams, Kolosky and Clark earned All-Tournament team honors for the Eagles. Williams was also named the Tournament MVP. During the course of three matches, she recorded 43 kills and 118 attempts to ignite the BC fire and help will her team to three hard earned victories on the weekend.

Oakdale, N.Y. – The Adelphi University traveled to Oakdale, New York on Saturday, September 19 to take on Long Island rival Dowling College. The Panthers captured a win in the first set, but could not build on that lead, falling 3-1. With the loss Adelphi falls to 8-6 overall, while Dowling improves to 6-4. Pavels led the way offensively with 14 kills, and posted 11 digs, along with Amy Williams. Heather Mau also turned in a nice performance, racking up 33 assists and 12 digs.

 

Conway, S.C. – The Charlotte 49ers volleyball team got their record above .500 for the first time this season with a 3-0 sweep (25-15, 25-19, 25-21) over Western Carolina Saturday morning in the Comfort Suites Coastal Carolina Tournament in Conway, S.C. Charlotte has won five of six matches and sports a 7-6 record. Five of Charlotte’s seven wins have come in sweeps.

Freshman Jenna Litoborski (Lemont, Ill.) overtook the team lead for kills with a team-leading 14 in the match. Fellow freshman Bianca Rouse (Columbia, S.C. / Keenan HS) recorded 11 kills. Redshirt Junior Kat Hicks (Kaneohe, Hawaii / Kalaheo HS) led the Niners with 12 digs in the match.

Fullerton, Calif.Long Beach State set a season high with .398 hitting as the 49ers picked up their biggest win of the season, upsetting No. 7 UCLA 25-19, 25-16, 25-14. Naomi Washington led the team with 13 kills, while Caitlin Ledoux added nine kills and 13 digs.

The win was the first regular-season win for the 49ers over UCLA since the last time the teams met in 1996, and was the first win for Long Beach State over a Top 10 opponent since the 49ers defeated Florida at home in 2007.

Long Beach State was in complete control of the action throughout, as the 49ers never trailed in the three-set victory. Washington and Brittney Herzog each hit .500 or better for the 49ers and each finished with double-digit kills, 13 and 10 respectively. Ledoux and Jocelyn Neely each added nine as the 49ers balanced attack posed no end of problems for UCLA.

Defensively, libero Lauren Minkel finished with 17 digs and Ledoux had 13 as the 49ers finished with 55 total digs, helping hold the Bruins to .120 hitting.

 

September 18, 2009

LEWISTON, ME – The Amherst College volleyball team opened up the 2009 NESCAC season this evening with a 3-1 win over Colby College on the campus of host Bates College. Amherst improves to 4-1 (1-0 NESCAC) overall this season, and will face the host Bobcats tomorrow afternoon. Lord Jeff junior tri-captain Jackie Berkley (Fullerton, CA) had a solid all-around effort with three kills, two blocks and two aces in the match. Senior tri-captain Bethany Belisle (Austin, TX) had a team-high 17 digs, with junior Erin Camp (Santa Monica, CA) and first-year Kristin Keeno (Honolulu, HI) adding 15 and 10 digs, respectively.

ASHLAND, Ore. – #18 Southern Oregon handed the Eagles their first conference loss tonight as they defeated NU 3-1 (25-12, 25-19, 22-25, 25-14). After building a slim, 8-5 lead, the Raiders proceeded to go on a 15-4 run to lead 23-9 and go on to win set one, 25-12.

Set two was much closer as the Eagles stayed close as they tied the set 11-11 on Anu Akamine‘s kill. SOU would pull ahead once again and lead, 17-13, but NU would battle back to close the gap at 17-15. The Eagles would get within one at 18-17, but the #18 Raiders would pull out the second set win, 25-19.

Anu Akamine led NU (4-9, 3-1 CCC) with 11 kills and 10 digs on the night. Lauren Holtz followed with 9 kills and 10 digs and Lauryn Ernster led the Eagles with 27 assists.

Southern Oregon’s Leah Bergstrom had a game high 12 kills and Angela Spieker finished with a game high 30 assists.

“It was nice to pull out a game tonight,” stated Jessie Dietrich, Eagle Head Coach, “but it was unfortunate we were not able to stay in it for the full match.”

Jammer vs. Jammer Stockton Hilton Invitational Stockton, Calif. – Off to their best start since 2001, the Pacific women’s volleyball team moved to 9-1 in 2009 with a dominating 3-0 sweep of Nevada on Friday, September 18, at the 2009 Hilton Stockton Invitational. The Tigers moved to 2-0 at the tournament while the Wolf Pack fell to 0-2 on the weekend and 3-8 on the year.

For the match, Rebekah Torres (Wahiawa, Hawaii) led all attackers with 14 kills on 22 swings, posting a .455 hitting percentage after committing just four errors.  Pacific’s four setters all saw time on the court throughout the night with senior Olivia Riley (Agua Dulce, Calif.) tallying 28 assists while the freshmen, (Honolulu, Hawaii), Megan MacLeod (Fremont, Calif.) and Arielle Goldberg (Pihanakealoha Kea Damascus, Md.) combined for another eight.

For the Wolf Pack, Kylie Harrington posted a team-best 10 kills on 32 swings while Lindsay Baldwin tallied nine.  As a team, Nevada hit just .082 (31 kills, 23 errors, 97 attacks) as Pacific’s blockers posted 10.0 blocks on the night.

St. Louis, Mo.– It was a win four years in the making as the No. 7 Washington University in St. Louis volleyball team upset No. 1 Juniata College, 3-0 (28-26, 41-39, 27-25) in an epic match on Friday night at the WU Field House in St. Louis, Mo. Perhaps the fiercest rivalry in NCAA Division III volleyball, Washington U. had not defeated Juniata since the 2005 season, and the Bears had lost four-straight matches in the storied rivalry, including the 2006 national championship match.

Three-straight points from WU tied the second set at 19-19, but Juniata resumed control and had the first match point at 24-23. Junior Marya Kaminski spiked down a Juniata overpass to tie the score at 24 all, and while Juniata was back at match point one play later, Kasson recorded a kill to once again prolong the frame. But earning a sweep over No. 1 Juniata was not going to be that easy, as the Eagles fought back, cutting their deficit to just two points, 22-20, and eventually coming all the way back to knot the score at 23-23. Kaminski returned an overpass for a kill to put WU back on top, 24-23, and give her team an opportunity at match point. Juniata would not relent, tying the score at 24-24, and again at 25-25, leading to back to back tips for scores from Albers that propelled Washington U. to the 27-25 win.

Charlotte, N.C. – The Charlotte 49ers put together their second two-match win streak of the season with a 3-1 victory (27-25, 25-21, 20-25, 25-17) against host Coastal Carolina Friday night at Kimbel Arena in the Comfort Suites Coastal Carolina Tournament. The Niners even their record at 6-6, winners of four of their last five, dropping the Chanticleers to 3-7 on the season.

A trio of Noners recorded 10 or more kills in the contest, led by Kat Hicks (Kaneohe, Hawaii / Kalaheo HS) with 12. Freshman Bianca Rouse (Columbia, S.C. / Keenan HS) added 11 kills, while fellow freshman Jenna Litoborski (Lemont, Ill.) added 10. Libero Kaitlin Knight (Englewood, Colo. / Cherry Creek HS) had 11 digs to lead all players in the match. Davis finished with 31 assists for Charlotte.

 

September 16, 2009

Making A Change

WOMEN’S VOLLEYBALL: Lauren Minkel took some well-heeded advice to become a top libero.

By Frank Burlison, Staff Writer Press Telegram, Long Beach, CA

Posted: 09/16/2009 10:46:50 PM PDT

Long Beach State junior libero Lauren Minkel runs through some drills during volleyball practice (Steven Georges staff photographer)

 

LONG BEACH, CA – From the age of 7 years old, Lauren Minkel literally grew up on the sand and gymnasium volleyball courts in Honolulu.

And, like anyone who has ever eyeballed an opponent from across the net, Minkel liked nothing better than driving her right hand through a volleyball and hammering at the feet – or into the face – of an opponent for the kind of kill that fires up teammates and a crowd alike

But Minkel, in the spring of her junior year at the Iolani School in Honolulu, was given some career advice by her future college coaches.

In fact, it wasn’t quite so much advice as it was a directive.

“(Former Long Beach State assistant coach) Melissa Ohta told me `You’re going to be a libero,” the 49ers sophomore said the other day, smiling and shaking her head after Coach Brian Gimmillaro’s volleyball team had wrapped up another three-hour practice at the Walter Pyramid.

In volleyball, a libero is a lot of things. Mostly a defender and a passer and, through the diving and sprawling the player must often resort to in an attempt to dig balls off the floor, a source of inspiration.

But what a libero most certainly isn’t, is a scorer.

The libero (who wears a different color jersey than his or her five teammates on the floor) isn’t allowed to play at the net or jump while hitting a ball.

“But that was fine by me,” Minkel said, about learning where her future as a 49er would be.

“Sure, I was an outside hitter in club and high school but in Hawaii, I was tall (5-foot-9). My high school and club coaches were honest with me, telling me I was going to have an opportunity to play on the Division I level, but it was going to have to be because of my defense and passing.”

And Minkel has demonstrated that Ohta, who has moved to Tucson and is out of college coaching for now, has a pretty good eye for evaluating volleyball talent.

“Lauren is already one of the better passers and defenders in college volleyball,” Gimmillaro said of Minkel, who has collected a team-high 120 digs during the 32 sets the 5-3 49ers have played.

“And she is going to be a very, very good libero – definitely in the mold of all the good ones we’ve had.”

Minkel, who had 232 digs as a freshman while playing in every set as a defensive specialist, has transitioned as well to living in Long Beach as she has to her new role in the game she is so passionate about.

 

September 15, 2009

PORTLAND, Ore.— After already coming back from a 2-1 deficit, Concordia rallied to force a fifth game only to need a second rally after falling behind 9-2 in the decisive game, eventually defeating Eastern Oregon 3-2 (27-25, 16-25, 20-25, 25-21, 17-15).

With the win, Concordia improved to 6-5 on the season with a 3-1 mark in CCC action. EOU dropped to 5-5 overall and 3-2 in league action.

 “Our kids came through when their backs were completely against the wall,” CU head coach Melanie Hambelton said. “Skyler worked extremely hard out there and Mariana and Raluca were pounding the ball for us. We had people step up all over the floor as we got key digs from a number of players.”

Garden City, N.Y. – The Adelphi University volleyball team played host to cross town rival C.W. Post in a non-conference match-up on Tuesday, September 15. Adelphi jumped on the Pioneers, 25-7 in game one and then cruised to wins of 25-13 and 25-16 in games two and three. With the win the Panthers improve to 8-5 overall, while C.W. Post falls to 3-7. Audrey Goss led the Panther attack with nine kills and nine digs, while Hackett chipped in eight kills. Both Erika Loomer and Amy Williams collected 10 digs, while Heather Mau posted 12 assits and Loomer added 13.

 

September 14, 2009

SMITHFIELD, R.I. — MITRAVICH GARNERS BRYANT’S FIRST WEEKLY CONFERENCE HONOR, NAMED NEC VOLLEYBALL ROOKIE OF THE WEEK

Bryant University volleyball freshman Macy Mitravich (Waimanalo, Hawaii) garnered Northeast Conference Rookie of the Week honors for her 17-kill, 27-dig performance in two matches last week, as announced by the conference office Monday afternoon.

The award is the first weekly honor not just for Mitravich or the Bulldog volleyball program, but for Bryant University Athletics as a whole, having just become eligible for the weekly recognition in 2009-10.

The Hawaii native had a standout week, while the Bulldogs went 1-1. Mitravich recorded eight kills and 11 digs while staying perfect on 15 serve attempts (one ace) in Bryant’s 3-1 loss to Holy Cross Wednesday night, following that up with a crucial nine-kill, 16-dig outing the very next night in the Bulldogs’ marquee 3-1 win over intrastate rival Brown. Against the Bears, the rookie hit at a .261 clip with an ace and four blocks to help lead the Bulldogs to the much-needed victory.

On the week, the outside hitter boasted a .957 reception percentage, committing just two errors on 46 total attempts and was perfect on service attempts, getting two aces and no errors in 29 serves. She also averaged 3.38 digs per set.

Mitravich and the rest of her teammates will have to stay on their game in the coming week, as the Bulldogs host America East opponent UNH Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Chace Athletic Center before hitting the road to this weekend’s Columbia Tournament, where they will take on Lehigh, NEC foe Fairleigh Dickinson and host Columbia.

Charlotte, N.C. – The 49ers finished 2-1 and runners-up of the 2009 Comfort Suites 49er Invitational in Halton Arena over the weekend. Charlotte defeated James Madison and Presbyterian College for a 2-0 start before falling to Big 10 foe Northwestern in four sets in what proved to be the tournament championship.

Senior Jenn Webb and redshirt junior Kat Hicks were named to the all-tournament team for their efforts in the three matches. Hicks led Charlotte with 31 kills and tied for second with 16 digs over the weekend. Webb had 18 kills and 13 blocks for the Niners, who out-blocked opponents by a 59-18 margin for the weekend. The Niners also recorded 20 service aces while allowing just seven in the three matches.

September 13, 2009

LOWELL, Mass. – The University of New Haven women’s volleyball team defeated Rollins College 3-1 Sunday afternoon on the final day of the Bentley University Invitational, which was hosted at UMass Lowell. The Chargers improve to 5-3 on the season, while Rollins falls to 11-2 with the loss.

Freshman Tia Inong also tallied double figure kills with 10. Inong led the UNH defense with 20 digs.

KIRKLAND, Wash. – The Eagles recovered from a first set loss to win three straight and defeat Northwest Christian University, 3-1 (23-25, 25-18, 25-13. 25-12) in Cascade Conference play tonight and win their third straight conference match.

In set one, Northwest U. broke out to an early 4-0 only to see NCU come back and tie the game at 4-4. The came would swing back and forth with 16 ties as neither team could gain the upper hand until Northwest Christian tied the set at 23-23 and then won two consecutive points for the win.

Set two would see Northwest U. fall behind early, 5-3, but a Lauren Holtz kill would give the Eagles an 8-7 lead which they would never relinquish and they would win the set, 25-18 punctuated by an Anu Akamine service ace and kill to win the set. 

The third set would see the Eagles going on a 6-2 run to take a 12-7 lead and they cruised to the win and in the final set, NU would break out to a 13-4 lead and never look back as they would win the fourth set, 25-12 and end the match.

Junior Lauren Holtz (Brier, Wash.) led Northwest U. (4-8, 3-0 CCC) for the second straight night with 14 kills and 15 defensive digs. Junior Kacie Simpson (Renton, Wash.)  was right behind her with 13 kills and Lauryn Ernster (Fresh., Bothell, Wash.) had a game high 31 assists for the Eagles. Sophomore Anu Akamine (Hauula, Hawaii) added 9 kills and 14 digs.

September 12, 2009

Reno, Nev. – Junior Kylie Harrington led the Pack for the eighth time in nine matches with her 15 kills. Kylie was named to the all-tournament team for her play this weekend.  Harrington’s 15 kills tied for match-high honors.  Freshman Kelly Chang topped Nevada with 11 digs on the night.

 

WORCESTER, Mass. – The Boston College volleyball team opened its weekend play in Worcester, MA with a thrilling 3-2 win over local rival, Northeastern University.

The Eagles moved to 6-1 on the season while the Huskies dropped to 4-4.

BC’s offense was sparked with kills from sophomore Mollie Kolosky (17) senior Taylor Williams (14) and freshman Krystle Higgins (12). Freshman Krissy Mussenden’s 55 assists also proved vital to the team’s victory.

Sophomore Brennan Clark’s 19 digs were enough to hold the defense and prevent Northeastern from capitalizing.

WORCESTER, Mass. – The Boston College volleyball team rounded out its weekend trip to Worcester, MA with a decisive 3-0 victory over host school, Holy Cross.

Once again, the Eagles offensive leaders were sophomore Mollie Kolosky and senior Taylor Williams who put forth 17 and 12 kills, respectively, for their team. Freshman Krissy Mussenden’s 43 assists to go along with two service aces also were a great help to the Eagles.

The defense had many faces involved in keeping the ball off the floor. Sophomore Jordan Meredith led the way with 14 digs and sophomore Brennan Clark followed suit with 12. Junior Kristen Baader also had 11 digs on the night while freshman Krystle Higgins added two blocks as well.

New Orleans, La. – Down two sets to none, Long Beach State rallied with the help of a huge effort by Naomi Washington to defeat Tulane 17-25, 21-25, 25-21, 25-19, 15-11. Washington finished with a career-high 29 kills on .339 hitting to lead the 49ers in her home town of New Orleans.

Setter Ashley Lee added a career high 58 assists in the effort along with 19 digs, a third double-double for the team, while libero Lauren Minkel led the team with 22 digs and Libby Fontanilla has 12 digs, as five 49er players finished with double-digit digs.

Charlotte, N.C. – The Charlotte 49ers won their second straight match with a 3-0 sweep of Presbyterian College (30-28, 27-25, 25-18) Saturday afternoon at the Comfort Suites 49er Invitational in Halton Arena. Charlotte is now 4-5 on the season, with a 2-0 mark at home. Charlotte is 17-9 in home matches under head coach Chris Redding, now in his third season with the Niners.

“We had to dig a little,” said Redding. “We have played these guys the last two seasons and these matches with PC are gritty and tough. So far in tournaments, we haven’t stayed focused but I was happy we did that today. We came off a fun, emotional home opener last night and were persevering in some tight sets today.”

PC led seven times in the second set, the last time at 20-20, after Charlotte was able to score three straight points and take a 21-20 lead. The Blue Hose forced ties at 21, 22, 24 and 25-all scores, but kills by Bianca Rouse (Columbia, S.C. / Keenan HS) and Kat Hicks(Kaneohe, Hawaii / Kalaheo HS) gave Charlotte the 2-0 set lead.

Hicks led all players with 12 kills in the match. Senior co-captain Kaitlin Knight (Englewood, Colo. / Cherry Creek) had 15 digs for Charlotte to lead all players. Davis had her third career double-double with 30 assists and 10 digs.

 September 11, 2009

Reno, Nev. – Junior Kylie Harrington led the Pack with 18 kills on the night which marked the sixth time in seven matches this season she has led the squad in kills. 

Honolulu, HI In the opening match of the Equus Challenge, the HPU women’s volleyball team fell to the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, 3-0 (25-15, 25-23, 25-14). HPU falls to 3-5 while the Lady Nanooks improve to 5-4. The match was played at Saint Andrew’s Priory.

Tricia Yoshimura added 19 digs for HPU.

September 9, 2009

Moraga, Calif.- Andrade’s Triple-Double Highlights Volleyball Match

In just her sixth match in a Spartan uniform, freshman setter Caitlin Andrade has already joined an elite club in San Jose State volleyball history with a triple-double Wednesday evening in a loss at Saint Mary’s.

 Andrade becomes just the second setter in school history to record a triple-double and the eighth player overall to accomplish this feat for only the 12th time.  Andrade recorded 32 assists, 12 digs and 10 kills in the three-set match.

Ironically, the last triple-double in school history was recorded last year against Saint Mary’s at the Sacramento State Invitational.  Former setter Emily Burke had 40 assists, 15 digs and 10 kills.

“Caitlin did a real nice job for us tonight,” said San Jose State head coach Oscar Crespo.  “She did a nice job offensively and dumping the ball when she needed.  She also had a nice setting match, especially with our middle attack, and had a good defensive night.”

New Orleans, La. – Forced to a fifth set against New Orleans and trailing 11-10, Long Beach State went to returned New Orleans native Naomi Washington for two key points as the 49ers outlasted the Privateers 25-22, 25-20, 13-25, 23-25, 15-13.

Washington led the 49ers with 19 kills, and sophomore Caitlin Ledoux had her second double-double of the season, hitting .204 with 15 kills and 19 digs for the 49ers.

Instead of the offense on Friday, it was the defense that came up big for The Beach. New Orleans held the 49ers to .120 hitting overall, but Lauren Minkel’s 26 digs led a team effort that saw three players with Ledoux and setter Ashley Lee, along with freshman Libby Fontanilla who added nine as part of 87 total digs over the match which held the Privateers to just .141 hitting themselves.

Amherst, MA- Amherst Searches for Fourth-Straight 20-Win Season – In each of the past three seasons, the Amherst College volleyball team has recorded at least 20 wins and earned a trip to the NESCAC Championship finals. With a strong core of returning players and another exceptional class of first-years in the fold, Amherst will have a good chance to make a fourth straight bid for the conference crown.

Newcomers Amherst welcomes four first-years to the team this year, all of whom could see significant playing time immediately. Callie Neilson (Escondido, CA) is a consistent setter who will challenge Jordan for the starting role. Kristin Keeno (Honolulu, HI) is a highly touted defensive specialist with tremendous passing ability. Emily Waterhouse (Sherman Oaks, CA) will join Kanoff and Meier to form an outstanding young core of outside hitters. Abigail Hunter (Kentfield, CA) will help to fill the void left by Holton-Basaldua as a middle and opposite hitter.

CEDAR CITY, Utah -The Thunderbirds are led on the attack by Analaine Pelaez with a team-high 110 kills on 374 attempts.  Jazmine Ma’afala is second on the team with 82 kills, but is tied for the team lead with ten services aces.
Joining her at the top is freshman libero, Courtney Lelepali who also has ten services aces and leads the team with 119 digs.  Lelepali was recently named the best libero at the University of Denver Invitational last weekend.  Pelaez had garnered kudos the weekend before, being named to the Sam Houston State all-tournament team.

PORTLAND, Ore. The Lewis & Clark volleyball team picked up its fourth straight win on Wednesday night, defeating the Warner Pacific Knights on the road. The Knights jumped out to an early two set advantage, before the Pioneers buckled down to take the final three sets (15-25, 25-27, 25-18, 25-23, 15-13). Lewis & Clark improves to 4-4 on the season, while Warner Pacific falls to 3-4.
With their backs up against the wall in the third set the Pioneers once again shifted the momentum of the match in their favor. Led offensively by Katherine Fiedler, Jessamy Holland and setter, Leia Matsunaga, the Pioneers were not about to give up game three. Down 15-16 the Pioneers went on to score five straight points behind the strong serving of Molly Donahue, giving the Pioneers a 19-16 lead. Lewis & Clark never looked back and won the set 25-18.

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