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Petrick and Billington Top AMCC in Postseason Honors and Awards

FROSTBURG, MD - Following Frostburg State’s sixth Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference championship in the past seven years, the conference announced its post-season awards. Leading the way was junior Lauren Petrick (North Caroline/Denton, Md.), who was named 2003 AMCC Player of the Year and Head Coach Jeff Billington, who was named 2003 AMCC Coach of the Year.

Petrick, who was named the AMCC 2002 Co-Player of the Year and 2003 Preseason Player of the Year, was named to the All-AMCC first team for the third straight season as well as 2003 Player of the Year. She ranks second in the conference with 3.63 kills per game, third with 0.65 service aces per game, eighth with a .262 hitting percentage and ninth with 2.88 digs per game.

On the season, Petrick set a FSU career record with 213 service aces and also recorded her 1,000th career kill. “She is the most dynamic hitter in the conference and this is a tribute to her hard work and leadership,” commented Billington. “It is very well deserved.”

Along with Petrick, junior Carrie Ness (Francis Scott Key/Taneytown, Md.) was also named to the All-AMCC first team. Ness, who ranks second in the conference with 10.6 assists per game and 12th with 2.84 digs per game, was named to the All-AMCC first team for the second time in her career.

“Carrie deserves to be a first-team player every season,” said Billington. “It is even more impressive that she made considering our change in offensive sets has caused her to split time with freshman Amanda Hernandez.”

Junior Jodi Carpenter (Linganore/Mt. Airy, Md.), who transferred to Frostburg State University this season, was named to the All-AMCC second team. Carpenter leads the team and ranks second in the conference with a .367 hitting percentage. She also ranks fifth in the conference with 1.04 blocks per game and sixth with 2.9 kills per game.

“Jodi is a wonderful addition to our program as she has solidified our middle,” said Billington. “I am glad the conference has recognized how much she has done to improve our team.”

Junior Sam Seyfferth (Broadneck/Annapolis, Md.), who leads the conference with 4.68 digs per game, was named to the All-AMCC honorable mention team.

“Sam is our motor, she makes us go,” said Billington. “If we didn’t have her we wouldn’t be where we are. She is the most consistent player we have out there.”

Billington, who is in his third season at FSU, was named Coach of the Year for the second straight season, as his Bobcats have not lost an AMCC contest since 2001. The Bobcats have won their last 26 conference contests and their last two conference tournament championships. Under Billington, they have compiled an overall record of 69-31, a 30-6 record 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