Saturday, November 24, 2007

UAlbany Volleyball Tops Long Island at VCU Thanksgiving Invitational, 3-1

Courtesy: UAlbany Sports Information

Richmond, Va. – Freshman Brooke Stanley recorded 50 assists, 16 digs and four total blocks to lead UAlbany volleyball to a 3-1 win over Long Island University at the VCU/Third Degree Sportswear Thanksgiving Invitational at Alltel Pavilion Saturday, Nov. 24. The Great Danes went 2-0 in the tournament, after defeating the host Rams last night, to conclude their regular season.

UAlbany took the first game by a 30-27 edge, but fell in game two 30-18. The Great Danes rebounded to take the third game by a 30-22 score behind a .385 hitting percentage and clinched the victory on an assisted block by Senior Ashley Crenshaw and sophomore Kate Eckhardt on a Martina Wagner attack to earn game four by a 32-30 score.

Freshman Amanda Cowdrey led the UAlbany attack, recording a team-high 19 kills and adding 19 digs. Eckhardt finished with a double-double of the kill-dig variety for the Great Danes, with 11 kills and 13 digs. Junior Kamisha Kellam added 13 kills and six total blocks, while Crenshaw had 13 kills and two blocks. Freshman Teresa Coppiellie had 15 digs and freshman libero Tawny Dahmes had 12 digs for the Great Danes.

The Blackbirds were led by Shelby Heggie, who had a match-high 22 kills and added eight digs and two total blocks. Wagner finished with a 17-kill, 15-dig double-double, while Svetlana Simic had a match-high 21 digs for LIU.

The Great Danes, winners of eight of their last nine will continue to prepare for the NCAA tournament, as will the Blackbirds. UAlbany (23-9) earned an automatic berth after winning its third America East Conference Championship in the last four years and LIU (22-13) stamped its ticket after winning the Northeastern Conference berth. Both teams will learn of their seed and opponent during the NCAA selection show on ESPNU on Sunday evening at 8 p.m.

UAlbany (23-9) def. Long Island (22-13), 3-1 (30-27, 18-30, 30-22, 32-30).

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