GIBSONIA, PA —
Frostburg State has been selected to finish second in the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference this season according to the league’s 10 head coaches.
Penn State Behrend is selected to repeat as the league champion while Penn State Altoona is slotted to finish one spot behind FSU in third.
In his first year at the helm, Peter Letourneau led the Bobcats to a 17-16 overall record and a 7-2 showing in the AMCC.
This season, he will look to senior setter Amanda Hernandez (Crofton, Md./Arundel) to guide a young but talented Bobcat squad. Hernandez was a second-team all-conference performer a year ago after ranking second in the AMCC in assists per game (9.96).
Sophomore middle hitter Caryn Wright (Pikesville, Md./Western Tech) will also help the Bobcat offense after posting 204 kills and a .302 hitting percentage as a freshman last season. She also finished third in the conference with 91 blocks.
Penn State Behrend’s Elaine Voltz is the coaches’ pick for Preseason Player of the Year. She was the 2005 Player of the Year after leading the league in hitting percentage (.363) and finishing second in kills per game (4.19) and blocks per game (1.05).
The AMCC, celebrating its tenth anniversary in 2006-07, kicks off league play Saturday, September 23. The conference championship will be held Saturday, November 4, with the regular-season champion serving as host. The AMCC Tournament winner will receive the league’s automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament.
AMCC PRESEASON VOLLEYBALL COACHES’ POLL
(2005 overall and AMCC records in parantheses)
1. Penn State Behrend (26-8, 9-0)
2. Frostburg State (17-16, 7-2)
3. Penn State Altoona (21-7, 8-1)
4. Mount Aloysius (17-11, 6-3)
5. Lake Erie (8-23, 4-5)
6. Pitt-Bradford (11-14, 5-4)
7. Pitt-Greensburg (8-25, 3-6)
8. Medaille (5-23, 1-8)
9. La Roche (4-21, 2-7)
10. Hilbert (1-26, 0-9)
For further information on this release, contact:
Office of Sports Information
Frostburg State University
101 Braddock Road
Frostburg, MD 21532-2303