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
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.
Other players to watch:
FROSTBURG STATE - Head Coach Peter
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
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
PENN STATE ALTOONA - Head Coach Aaron
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
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
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).