Albany Claims Third Conference Volleyball Crown
STONY BROOK, N.Y.-- The three seed University at Albany volleyball team won its third conference championship in four years, and second consecutive, with a 3-1 win over top-seeded Stony Brook at the 2007 America East Volleyball Championship on Sunday afternoon. The Great Danes won by game scores of 30-23, 30-24, 27-30, 30-27.
The Great Danes came out of the gates strong, going up two games to none against the Seawolves. Kamisha Kellam recorded 12 kills, hitting at .611 efficiency, in the first two games. Seawolves senior Jackie Ahlers registered a team-high 11 kills on 23 attempts, and a solo block.
Stony Brook won game three to halt the Albany sweep, despite six service aces. The Great Danes hit .365 as a team in the fourth game to put the match away and break-up the Seawolves' 12 game win streak.
The Most Outstanding Player of the tournament, Albany freshman Brooke Stanley finished with 63 assists and 11 digs, notching double-doubles in each championship game. Stanley also registered four kills. Kellam finished with a team-high 18 kills, while rookie Amanda Cowdrey finished the day with 16 kills, 16 digs and two solo blocks.
Ahlers paced the Seawolves' attack with 27 kills. Five Seawolves totaled double-digit digs for the match.
Joining Stanley on the all-conference team is Albany's Ashley Crenshaw, Kamisha Kellam, Stony Brook's Morgan Sweany, Jackie Ahlers, New Hampshire's Toni Barnas, and Binghamton's Kathleen Schauer.
Albany will play two more regular season matches this week. The Great Danes will learn their NCAA Championship seeding and first opponent during the NCAA selection show on Sunday, November 25 at 8 p.m. The show will air live on ESPNU, while pairings will be available at NCAAsports.com and AmericaEast.com.
2007 America East Volleyball Championship
Saturday, November 17, Stony Brook, N.Y.
#1 Stony Brook 3, #4 Binghamton 1
#3 Albany 3, #2 New Hampshire 1
Sunday, November 18
Albany 3, Stony Brook 1
Brooke Stanley, Albany
Kamisha Kellam, Albany
Ashley Crenshaw, Albany
Morgan Sweany, Stony Brook
Jackie Ahlers, Stony Brook
Toni Barnas, New Hampshire
Kathleen Schauer, Binghamton
Most Outstanding Player: Brooke Stanley, Albany