The Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference coaches have selected Frostburg State University as the favorite to repeat as conference champions in 2005.  The Bobcats have won seven of the seven titles since the league's inception in 1997, and are undefeated in 35 consecutive conference matches.  The squad finished 2004 with a 30-6 record.  Penn State Behrend, the only other squad ever to win the conference volleyball crown, was selected to finish second.

Mount Aloysius College's outside hitter Jill McCoy (Central HS/Roaring Spring, PA) was the coaches' pick for Preseason Player of the Year.  In addition to being named a first team all-conference selection, the senior was also the Mounties' MVP and the school's Athlete of the Year in 2004.  She led the league in kills (439), averaging 4.62 kpg.

The AMCC kicks off conference play on Wednesday, September 28.  The conference championship will be Saturday, November 5, hosted by the number #1 seed.  The winner will receive the AMCC's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.    

Preseason Rankings:
1. Frostburg State
2. Penn State Behrend
3. Penn State Altoona
4. Mount Aloysius
5. Pitt-Bradford
6. Medaille
7. La Roche
8. Pitt-Greensburg
9. Lake Erie
10. Hilbert

Preseason Player of the Year:
Jill McCoy, Mount Aloysius College



                                    Other players to watch:

FROSTBURG STATE - Head Coach Peter LeTourneau
2004:  9-0 AMCC, 30-6 overall
OH Carly McDonald (Northern HS/Owings, MD)...All-conference honorable mention in 2004...averaged 3.23 digs last season.
S Amanda Hernandez (Arundel HS/Crofton, MD)...Ranked second in the league in assists (10.32 apg) and 20th in digs (2.76 dpg).

HILBERT - Head Coach Tim Clauss
2004:  0-8 AMCC, 1-15 overall
MH Amy Anderson (West Seneca West/West Senceca, NY)...Finished the season ranked 4th in the conference for blocks per game (1.25)...total blocks for the season was 65 in 52 games...ranked 2nd on the team for digs with 103.
S/OH Laura Stranc (West Seneca West/West Seneca, NY)...Earned the teamís Coaches Award..ended the season as the primary setter earning 109 assists in 52 games.

LA ROCHE - Head Coach Kassie Bellaver
2004:  3-6 AMCC, 10-12 overall
MH Megan Snyder (Shaler HS/Glenshaw, PA)...Two time All-AMCC first team selection and second team in 2004...Ranked third in the AMCC in blocks (1.26 bpg) and eighth in kills (3.41 kpg).

LAKE ERIE - Head Coach Gary VanCauwenberge
2004:  1-8 AMCC, 2-23 overall)
MH/OH Rachel Gursky (Canton Central Catholic HS/Canton, OH)... Contributed 125 kills, 83 blocks and 231 digs in 2004
OH Megan Price (Greensburg Salem HS/Greensburg, PA)...The Storm's MVP last season...stats included 123 kills, 44 blocks, 226 digs and 35 aces.

MEDAILLE - Head Coach Laura Edholm
2004:  3-6 AMCC, 12-14 overall
L Kim Braunscheidel (Kenmore West HS/Kenmore, NY)...Contributed 446 digs (5.01 dpg) last season.
MH Kate Carpenter (Trumansburg HS/Trumansburg, NY)...Led the Mavericks in both kills (208) and blocks (81) in 2004.

MT. ALOYSIUS - Head Coach John Porta
2004:  5-4 AMCC, 11-16 overall
MH Brianna Baker (Windber HS/Windber, PA)...AMCC Newcomer of the Year and second team all-conference in 2004...ranked second in the league in hitting percentage (.371) and third in kills (4.18 kpg).

PENN STATE ALTOONA - Head Coach Aaron Bowers
2004:  8-1 AMCC, 16-9 overall
MH Erin Monn (Chambersburg HS/Shippensburg, PA)...Second team All-AMCC for the past two seasons...ranked third in the league in hitting percentage (.326) and team leader in blocks per game (.90).
L Megan Goss (Huntingdon HS/Huntingdon, PA)...Leading returner in the conference in digs per game (5.05)...highest passing rating on the team last season...recipient of the Lions' 2004 Coach's Award.

PENN STATE BEHREND - Head Coach Phil Pisano
2004:  7-2 AMCC, 17-5 overall
MH Elaine Voltz (Knoch HS/Saxonburg, PA)...First team All-AMCC in 2004...ranked fourth in the league in hitting percentage (.297) and second in kills per game (4.36).
S Amanda Evans (Upper St. Clair HS/Pittsburgh, PA)...Second team all-conference last season...ranked first in the AMCC in assists per game (10.32)...school career assist leader with 3,344...also averaged 3.44 digs.

PITT-BRADFORD - Head Coach Tina Phillips
2004:  6-3 AMCC, 10-14 overall
OH Missy Wahlberg (Kane HS/Kane, PA)...Three-time first team all-conference selection...ranked sixth in the AMCC in kills last season (3.53 kpg) and surpassed 1,000 career kills mileston...ranked #10 in digs per game (3.86)...also had 58 blocks and 20 aces.
MH Tiffani Reynolds (Falconer Central HS/Falconer, NY)...Strong blocker, tallied 83 blocks (.97 bpg) to rank tied for 7th in the AMCC...contributed 77 kills and 20 aces.

PITT-GREENSBURG - Head Coach Leroy Simms
2004:  3-6 AMCC, 4-22 overall

S/OH Breanne Bell (Beth-Center HS/Marianna, PA)...Honorable mention all-conference in 2004...team leader in kills (3.25 kpg), league co-leader in aces per game (.56).