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).
Other players to watch:
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
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
OH Emilee Bedillion (West Allegheny
HS/Elizabeth, PA)...All-conference honorable mention last season...Stats
included 173 kills, 241 digs and 52 aces.
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
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
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)
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.