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Volleyball Faces Salisbury (Md.) in NCAA Tournament First Round

FROSTBURG, MD —The Frostburg State women’s volleyball team will travel to Gettysburg, Pa. on Thursday to face Salisbury (Md.) at 4:30 p.m. in the first round of the 2004 NCAA Division III Volleyball Championship.

The Bobcats, who are champions of the Allegheny Mounatin Collegiate Conference, enter the match with a 29-5 overall record. The Sea Gulls captured the Capital Athletic Conference title and enter the match with a 25-11 overall record.

FSU defeated Salisbury in two previous matches this season. The teams first squared off in the Second Annual ASICS Maryland Division III Collegiate State Volleyball Tournament hosted by Frostburg State.

The Bobcats and Sea Gulls entered the final match with 3-0 records and the winner taking home the title. FSU swept Salisbury 3-0 with game scores of: 30-20, 30-26 and 30-22.

The second match of the season took place at the Salisbury Tournament on September 24 & 25. The Bobcats defeated Salisbury, 3-2. FSU posted 30-27 and 30-21 victories in the first two games before the Sea Gulls rallied with 30-26 and 30-25 wins. The Bobcats then captured the decisive fifth game with an exciting 17-15 victory.

The Sea Gulls are one of only three teams to take the Bobcats to five games this season. The other two were Christopher Newport (W/3-2) and Division II Slippery Rock (L/3-2).

Offensively, Frostburg State is led by a host of players. Senior Lauren Petrick (Denton, Md./North Caroline), the AMCC Player of the Year, paces the team with 434 kills for an average of 3.9 kills per game, while fellow classmate Jodi Carpenter (Mt. Airy, Md./Linganore) has added 409 kills for an AMCC-high .399 hitting percentage.

Sophomore Amanda Hernandez (Crofton, Md./Arundel) is second in the AMCC with 796 assists averaging 8.29 per game.

Defensively, senior co-captain Sam Seyfferth (Annapolis, Md./Broadneck) leads the Bobcats with 566 digs. She ranks fifth in the AMCC with 4.88 digs per game. Carpenter is second in the conference with 145 blocks, averaging 1.27 per game.

As a unit, FSU sits atop the conference with a .271 hitting percentage. The Bobcats’ 3.24 blocks per game rank them among the top five in NCAA Division III.

Salisbury is paced by Lindsay Lawson, who leads the Sea Gulls with 412 kills and 3.24 kills per game. Brittany Mister ranks second in both kills (389) and digs (435) and Abbey Petrecca leads the Capital Athletic Conference with 1270 assists.

On defense, Allison Wine has 120 total blocks while averaging .95 per game. Kim Rementer is second in the CAC with 660 assists and averages 5.20 per game.

The Bobcats are making their third straight NCAA Tournament appearance and fifth in school history. FSU also competed in the NCAA Tournament in 1999, 2000, 2002 and 2003.

FSU is 2-4 all time in the NCAA Tournament with wins over Baldwin- Wallace in 2000 (3-1; 3-15, 17-15, 15-10, 15-13) and Rutgers-Newark in 2003 (3-0; 30-20, 30-24, 30-18).

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