2013 VOLLEYBALL
PRESEASON COACHES' POLL

 

PENN ST. BEHREND PICKED
TO FINISH FIRST IN AMCC


They were regular season champions in 2012, and the AMCC coaches' poll predicts Penn St. Behrend will go all the way in 2013.  It will not be without a strong challenge from last year's defending champion, Medaille College, picked to finish second, and #3 selection Franciscan University, with the Barons stepping up their game in 2013 for their best season ever.

The coaches tabbed Penn St. Behrend setter Chelsea Magnusen as the league's Preseason Player of the Year.  A first-team all-conference selection last season, Magnusen led the Lions with 924 assists and was second with 36 service ace.  She was also ranked #1 in the league in assists/set and was third in attack percentage.

The AMCC kicks off conference play on Saturday, September 28, and the championship will be Sunday, November 10, hosted by the number #1 seed.  The winner will receive the AMCC's automatic bid to the NCAA tournament.
  

AMCC VOLLEYBALL POLL
2013 Preseason Rankings*

1.) Penn St. Behrend (1)
2.) Medaille (2)
3.) Franciscan (3)
4.) Pitt-Bradford (T-4)
5.) Penn St. Altoona (T-4)
6.) Hilbert (T-4)
7.) Pitt-Greensburg (T-4)
8.) Mount Aloysius (8)
9.) La Roche (T-9)
10.) D'Youville (T-9)

* Number in parentheses is order of regular season finish in 2012


Preseason Player of the Year
CHELSEA MAGNUSON
Penn State Behrend
 

OTHER PLAYERS TO WATCH...

D'YOUVILLE COLLEGE
Head Coach John Hutton (10th year)
2012:  1-8 AMCC, 4-25 overall


Sophomore S Natalie Rieman (West Seneca, NY/Immaculata Academy)…Averaged 5.46 assists per set, #6 in the AMCC, and 0.34 service aces per set was #10 in the AMCC.

Senior L Lara Svensson (Tonawanda, NY/Sweet Home)...Had a team-high 3.46 digs per set and is 67 shy of becoming the sixth DYC player to reach the career milestone of 1,000 digs.
 

FRANCSICAN UNIVERSITY
Head Coach Kelly Herrmann (11th year)
2012:   7-2 AMCC, 15-15 overall


Junior S Amy O’Keefe (Pittsburgh, PA/Seton La Salle)...Second team all-conference selection last season...top ten in assists per set, all-time leader in assists at Franciscan after sophomore season...deserves much credit for statistical improvement of team’s offense.

Sophomore L Samantha Kelly (Reno, NV/Bishop Monogue)...First team all-conference selection last season...led AMCC with 5.85 digs per set and ranked second in the league with .65 aces per set.
 

HILBERT COLLEGE
Head Coach Amanda Logue (5th year)
2012:  4-5 AMCC, 5-12 overall


Sophmore OH Allegra Johnson (Euclid, OH)...First team all-conference in 2012...averaged 2.62 kills per game along with 1.83 digs per game. 

Senior OH Chelsea Reischuck (East Aurora, NY)...Put down 2.26 kills per game, 2.10 digs per game, and .52 service aces per game...2013 team captain.
 

LA ROCHE COLLEGE
Head Coach Nicole Bajuszik (1st year)
2012:  1-8 AMCC, 5-21 overall


Sophomore MH Tori Pernell (Pittsburgh, PA/North Allegheny)...Contributed team-best 1.93 kps .94 bps along with 28 service aces.

Sophomore S Vicky Danko (Pittsburgh, PA/Steel Valley)...Team's #2 setter last season with 1.23 aps and 1.83 dps.
 

MEDAILLE COLLEGE
Head Coach Jacob Beiter (6th year)
2012:  8-1 AMCC, 16-13 overall


Sophomore S Simmone Talford (Clarence, NY/Clarence)…2012 AMCC Newcomer of the Year and second team all-conference...had 918 assists to rank #2 in the AMCC (8.74/game)…also ranked #8 in the conference for service aces (38)…co-captain.

Junior L Maria Antsupova (Russia/School #32)...Ranked #2 in the league with 58 aces and #7 in the conference for digs…co-captain,
 

MOUNT ALOYSIUS COLLEGE
Head Coach Brianna Baker (6th year)
2012:  3-6 AMCC, 9-18 overall


Junior MH LeLand Espinoza (Mercersburg, PA/James Buchanan) Second in team with 21 aces… averaged 1.52 kills per set… had 42 total blocks for the season.

Junior RH Ashley Pipon (Windber, PA/Windber)...Led the team with 27 aces… second on the team with 1.81 kills per set and 52 total blocks for the season… team captain.  
 

PENN STATE ALTOONA
Head Coach Phil Peterman (6th year)
2012:  4-5 AMCC,9-23 overall


Senior MB Mariah McDowell (Morrisdale, PA/West Branch)...Second team all- conference in 2012...326 kills with a .237 hitting percentage, ranked 4th in league with kills, #5 hitting percentage...team captain.
 

PENN STATE BEHREND
Head Coach Phil Pisano (10th year)
2012:  9-0 AMCC, 19-10 overall


Senior S Chelsea Magnusen (Plum, PA/Plum)
… First-team All-AMCC last season … led team with 924 assists and second with 36 service aces in 2012 … led the AMCC in assists/set and was third in attack percentage.

Senior DS Tory Storino (Pittsburgh, PA/Baldwin) … Second-team All-AMCC last season … lead team with 502 digs and 42 service aces in 2012 … fifth in the AMCC in digs/set and was sixth in service aces/set.
 

PITT-BRADFORD
Head Coach Tina Phillips (11th year)
2012:  4-5 AMCC, 10-23 overall


Junior RS Taylor McMillen (New Bethlehem, Redbank Valley)...Second team all-conference selection last season…put down 2.35 kills per game to rank #9 in conference…was 10th in conference in blocks with 0.57 per game.

Senior DS/L Kelcey Schaum (Slippery Rock, PA/Slippery Rock)...Third on team in aces and fourth on team in digs with 1.68 per game.
 

PITT-GREENSBURG
Head Coach Leroy Simms (11th year)
2012:  4-5 AMCC, 6-24 overall


Senior OH Jamie Barkman (Aliquippa, PA/Hopewell)… Third team all-conference selection last season...finished 9th in the AMCC with 2.64 k/s.