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Volleyball Freshmen Trio Named to All-AMCC Team
11/08/2001

ERIE, PA — Three Frostburg State freshmen have been named to the All-Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference Women's Volleyball team, the league announced earlier this week.

Rookie setter Carrie Ness (Taneytown, Md./Francis Scott Key), outside hitter Lauren Petrick (Denton, Md./North Caroline) and outside hitter Jen Vance (Mt. Savage, Md./Fort Hill) were voted to the 12-player team by the league's seven head coaches.

"I'm absolutely thrilled for the three of them," said first-year head coach Jeff Billington. "They're certainly deserving of the honor. I thought all year long we had the most talented freshmen out of all the teams we played, and we've got a good foundation on which to build."

Ness, who was also named the AMCC Newcomer of the Year, led the Bobcats with 864 assists despite missing five matches with a severely sprained ankle midway through the season.

Ness, who posted a career-high 50 assists in a 3-2 loss to Pitt-Bradford September 10, ranked second on the team with 57 service aces, finished fifth with 157 digs, and added 58 kills and 51 blocks.

She was named to the all-tournament team at both the Salisbury Sea Gull Classic and the Messiah College Invitational.

Petrick enjoyed a strong first season with the Red and Black, leading the team with 309 kills and 60 service aces. She also finished second on the squad in assists (121), third in blocks (58) and fourth in digs (194).

Petrick was named the AMCC Player of the Week September 10 and earned all-tournament team honors at the Messiah College Invitational.

Vance ranked second on the Bobcats with 272 kills, and she ranked fifth in digs (121), blocks (45) and service aces (26).

She set career-highs with 17 kills and 19 digs against La Roche October 8, and she added 14 kills to help lead FSU to a 3-1 upset of top seed Penn State Altoona in the AMCC semifinals.

The Bobcats finished 14-18 overall and 6-6 in the AMCC.

For further information on this release, contact:

Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD  21532-2303

Telephone: 301-687-4371
Fax: 301-687-4780
E-mail: sportsinfo@frostburg.edu