2003 VOLLEYBALL
PRESEASON COACHES' POLL
 


FROSTBURG STATE UNANIMOUS PICK
TO TAKE AMCC TITLE AGAIN IN 2003
 


The Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference coaches have unanimously selected Frostburg State University as the favorite to repeat as conference champions in 2003.  The Bobcats have won five of the six titles since the league's inception in 1997.  The squad finished 2002 with a 25-10 record and earned an independent bid to the NCAA Div. III tournament.

Penn State Behrend, last season's runner-up in the AMCC title game and the only other squad ever to win the conference volleyball crown, was selected to finish second, ahead of Pitt-Bradford.  Frostburg's Lauren Petrick (North Caroline HS/Denton, MD) was the coaches' pick for Preseason Player of the Year.  Last season's conference Co-Player of the Year, Petrick was ranked near the top of the AMCC in kills (421), hitting percentage (.284) and service aces (88).
                            

AMCC
VOLLEYBALL POLL
Preseason Rankings:
1. Frostburg State
2. Penn State Behrend
3. Pitt-Bradford

Preseason Player of the Year:
Lauren Petrick
Frostburg State University
 

 

 

                                    Other players to watch:

FROSTBURG STATE
S Carrie Ness (Francis Scott Key HS/Taneytown, MD)...Second team all-conference selection in 2002...Led the AMCC in assists (1,099) and service aces per game (.80).

LA ROCHE
MH Megan Snyder (Shaler HS/Glenshaw, PA)...All-AMCC first team in 2002...La Roche team MVP...Led the conference in blocks (112) and as among the leaders in kills (262) and hitting percentage (.272).
OH Emilee Bedillion (West Allegheny HS/Elizabeth, PA)...All-conference honorable mention last season...Stats included 173 kills, 241 digs and 52 aces.

LAKE ERIE
OH Jenn Bartholomew (Berkshire HS/Burton, OH)...Key stats in 2002: 188 assists, 76 kills, 69 digs, 31 blocks, 31 aces.
MH Amanda Gordon (La Brae HS/Leavittsburg, OH)...Talented enough to play outside hitter or middle blocker...Tallied 500 career kills in high school.

PENN STATE ALTOONA

MB Erin Monn (Chambersburg HS/Shippensburg, PA)...Led the Lions in blocks per game and aces per game in 2002, ranking in top five in the AMCC.
OH Kelly Johnson (Conemough Valley HS/Johnstown, PA)...Finished second on the team in kills per game and third in hitting percentage last season.

PENN STATE BEHREND

OH Danielle Bemis (Corry HS/Corry, PA)...First team All-AMCC last year...Led the Behrend Lions in kills and digs per game...Female Scholar Athlete of the Year for the conference and Female Athlete of the Year for Behrend in 2002.
OH Trisha Adams (Fairview HS/Fairview, PA)...First team all-conference selection last season as a freshman...led the team in hitting percentage.

PITT-BRADFORD
OH/MH Mandy Gressley (Oswayo Valley HS/Shinglehouse, PA)...Co-Player of the Year in the AMCC in 2002...Female Athlete of the Year at Pitt-Bradford...Led the conference in kills (416) and second in hitting percentage (.298)

PITT-GREENSBURG
MH Angelica Carr (DuBois HS/DuBois, PA)...Second team All-Conference selection last season, first team in 2001.
MH Tricia Palfey (Youhg HS/West Newton, PA)...Second team All-Conference selection in 2002...3.29 kills per game, 2.57 digs per game last season.