2015 Patriot League Volleyball Tournament – Bender Arena
The American University volleyball team will vie for its 13th league title in the past 15 seasons as it hosts the 2015 Patriot League Tournament this weekend, Nov. 21-22.
The Eagles, who posted a perfect 16-0 record in league play this year, are the top seed in the four-team tournament, which also features second-seed Army West Point, third-seed Lehigh and fourth-seed Colgate.
AU will face Colgate in the first semifinal at 1 p.m. on Saturday, while Army West Point and Lehigh will meet in the second semifinal at 4 p.m. The championship match, which will determine the Patriot League's automatic NCAA qualifier, is scheduled for Sunday at 1 p.m. All three matches will be broadcast on the Patriot League Network.
American registered a 25-6 overall record and 16-0 mark in the Patriot League to claim first place in the regular-season standings. It marks the 13th time in AU's 15-year PL tenure that the Eagles have earned at least a share of the regular-season title.
Senior Allison Cappellino, a unanimous first-team All-Patriot League selection, leads American with 3.28 kills per set, while fellow unanimous first-team all-league pick Kristyna Lindovska adds 2.50 kills and 0.88 blocks per set. Senior Monika Smidova, who earned both the PL Player and Setter of the Year awards, averages 9.97 assists, 3.05 digs, 1.44 kills, 0.65 blocks and 0.43 service aces per set.
Other leaders for American include sophomore Hoakalei Dawson, a second-team all-league selection who was honored as the PL Libero of the Year with a team-leading 3.77 digs per set, and PL Rookie of the Year Carmen Unzue, who averages 0.86 blocks per set and a team-high .353 hitting percentage.
Army West Point captured second place in the Patriot League standings after posting a 20-9 overall record and 12-4 mark in the league. The Black Knights are on a two-match losing streak, falling to Bucknell (3-1) and Lehigh (3-2) in the final weekend of the regular season.
The Black Knights landed four players on the All-Patriot League teams, with seniors Vanessa Edwards and Nicole Perri earning first-team honors and sophomores Carolyn Bockrath and Vanessa Wesley receiving second-team accolades.
Edwards leads the Patriot League with 10.95 assists per set, while Perri ranks second on the team with 2.69 kills per set. Bockrath averages a team-best 2.87 kills per set and leads the league with a .418 attack percentage, followed closely by Wesley with 2.62 kills per set and a .404 attack percentage.
Lehigh finished third in the regular-season Patriot League standings, compiling a 19-12 overall record and 11-5 ledger in league play. The Mountain Hawks earned a pair of PL victories in the final weekend of the regular season, defeating Holy Cross (3-1) and Army West Point (3-2) at home.
Senior Leah Turner, a first-team All-Patriot League honoree, leads Lehigh with 3.52 kills per set, including a league-best 4.06 kills per set in PL action. Classmate Stephanie Slater, who was voted to the All-Patriot League second team, adds 2.92 kills per set.
Colgate earned the fourth seed in this year's league tournament after finishing the regular season with a 12-15 overall record and 10-6 ledger in the Patriot League. The Raiders earned a straight-set victory over Lafayette in their last match.
Junior Katherine Harris was selected as a first-team All-Patriot League honoree after leading Colgate with 3.13 kills per set and ranking second on the team with 2.99 digs per set. Meanwhile, classmate Katie Stebbins was tabbed a second-team all-league selection, averaging 2.14 kills per set.
The winner of this weekend's tournament will earn the Patriot League's automatic bid to the NCAA Championships, which begin Dec. 4-5 at campus sites.