September 6, 2012

Bulldog Volleyball Heads to Inaugural All-Academy Tournament

Charleston, S.C. – The Citadel volleyball team continues its series of in-season tournaments this weekend when the team heads to The Pentagon to participate in the inaugural All-Academy Tournament. While there the Bulldogs will compete in a pair of Friday matches against Denver and Army followed by meetings with Air Force and Navy on Saturday.

Citadel sophomore Ise d'Angelo continues to be the team's primary offensive source with 58 kills (2.64 kills/set), followed closely by senior Jessica Maxwell who has 35 kills (1.59 kills/set). Maxwell drove home 25 kills for the Dogs last weekend, along with 11 total blocks, to earn a spot on the all-tournament team at Radford University.

Meanwhile, on the defensive side, Emily Dalton paces the Cadets with 68 digs (3.09 digs/set). Teammates Amanda Rudnik (43 digs) and Mikaela Tracy (42 digs) closely follow Dalton on a unit that is responsible for 271 total digs through the first six matches.

The Bulldogs have a combined 1-7 all-time record against this weekend's opponents, earning the lone victory in a sweep of Navy on Sept. 10, 2004. The only team in which The Citadel has no previous history is the University of Denver.

Denver (3-3 Overall)
Match Date:
  Friday, Sept. 7, 4 p.m.

Last weekend, the University of Denver Pioneers earned a split on the final day of the Bluejay Invitational, hosted by Creighton University, in Omaha, Neb. The Pioneers started out the day with a 3-0 (25-17, 25-18, 25-13) sweep of Syracuse and then followed it up with a 3-1 (23-25, 10-25, 25-18, 14-25) loss to the Bluejays.

Senior Faimie Kingsley led the Pioneers with 18 kills and eight blocks through the two matches, while junior Colleen King added 14 kills and finished with five blocks. King was named to the Bluejay Invitational All-Tournament team.

Also finishing with double-digit kills for the day was freshman Michele Swope and redshirt sophomore Cassie Ronda, who finished with 13 and 12 kills, respectively. Sophomore Frances Carroll led the way with 55 assists, while senior Lyndi Johnson posted 27 digs.

In the Pioneers' win over the Orange, Swope led the way with nine kills, while Kingsley finished with eight kills and four blocks. King posted four blocks while junior Brea Muhle tallied five blocks and five kills. Johnson finished the match with 13 digs and Carroll registered 27 assists.

Army (3-3 Overall)
Match Date:
  Friday, Sept. 7, 4 p.m.

In its final tune-up before heading to the nation's capital to take part in the inaugural Armed Forces Tournament at the Pentagon, the Army volleyball team swept Hudson Valley rival Marist on Wednesday night at the McCann Center. The Red Foxes had no answer for junior middle blocker Megan Wilton, who posted 18 kills and hit for a .406 percentage in a 25-22, 25-23, 25-17 Black Knight victory.

Sophomore middle blocker Molly McDonald added nine kills, which was good for second amongst Army's players. While senior co-captain Ariana Mankus experienced a tough offensive night (four kills, four errors), she compensated with 10 digs to help the defense. Junior libero D.J. Phee and sophomore setter Mary Vaccaro added 16 and 11 digs, respectively. Vaccaro completed a double-double with a match-high 37 assists.

Air Force (1-2 Overall)
Match Date:
  Saturday, Sept. 8, 1:30 p.m.

The Air Force volleyball team dropped a 3-1 decision to unbeaten Northern Colorado on Saturday, Sept. 1, during its final match of the Hampton Inn and Suites Classic in Greeley, Colo. Junior Cami Richan led all players with 12 kills, but the Falcons fell in 23-25, 25-20, 7-25, 12-25 to the tournament host Bears.

Richan tallied a match-best 12 kills, while Ayesha Hein added 10. Hillary Keltner, who connected on six-of-nine attempts, while committing just one error, for a team-leading .556 hitting average, added another double-double to her season total, as she collected 32 assists and 11 digs. Maiya Perich matched her uniform number with 23 digs, while Hein and Richan paced the Falcons with three blocks apiece. Richan also registered a service ace, as she and Wise accounted for the Falcons' serving scores.

The two programs traded points to open the fourth game, with Raquel Rosas earning two of the Falcons' three points. Northern Colorado jumped ahead 14-5, with Richan and Foster adding points for Air Force. Keltner and freshman Maggie Sherrill added kills, before Hein scored the Falcons' next three points to put the Falcons at 10 points. Foster added one final kill, but the Falcons dropped the final set 25-12.

Navy (2-5 Overall)
Match Date:  Saturday, Sept. 8, 6:30 p.m.

A double-double by Erin Fortner, a career-high 13 kills from Alex Cassel and a combined 28 digs from the tandem of Carolyn Ewert and Christy Rapp resulted in the Navy volleyball team closing out play at the Patriot Invitational by defeating George Mason in four sets Sunday evening in Fairfax, Va. The Mids posted the win over the Patriots by set scores of 17-25, 25-23, 25-21 and 25-19.

Navy (2-5) built an early lead of as many as four points over George Mason (2-5) in the first set of the match. The Mids held an 11-7 advantage before the Patriots tied the frame at 12-12 on their way to taking a 19-13 lead over Navy and winning the opening frame.

The second set saw a reversal of fortunes for the two teams. This time it was George Mason that let an early four-point lead -- 11-7 -- slip away from it. After first closing to within one point of the home team at 11-10, the Mids were able to knot the score at 15-15 on a kill by Cassel. A kill by Fortner followed by another kill from Cassel to close out a 6-1 run for the Mids that gave them a 17-15 lead.

That Navy lead was a short-lived one as the Patriots notched the ensuing two points to tie the score at 17 points apiece. The score would again be tied at 18-18, 21-21 and 22-22 when a service error by George Mason's Lana Zonjic returned the serve back to Navy with a 23-22 lead. The lead would double when Cassel produced a kill to take Navy to set point. A kill by George Mason's Meredith Bush extended the set and sliced Navy's lead down to 24-23, but Fortner knocked down a kill for Navy's set-clinching 25th point.

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