Nov. 8, 2012
PROVIDENCE, R.I. – The Providence College volleyball team (1-28, 0-10 America East) will play their final two matches of the regular season this weekend. On Friday, Nov. 9, the Friars will travel to Albany, N.Y. to face-off with the Albany Great Danes at 4:00 p.m. The Friars will then host the Hartford Hawks on Sunday, Nov. 11 at 1:00 p.m. Senior Day ceremonies will precede the match on Sunday.
The Friars are led by a trio of sophomores, Anna Russian (Round Rock, Texas; 226), Colleen McCollom (Indian Head Park, Ill; 215) and Mackenzie Ziegler (Portage, Wis.; 201), who all have over 200 kills this season. Freshman Jordan Wiesler (Coconut Creek, Fla.) leads the team with 754 assists, 221 of which have come in conference play. Senior Cassie Muzzonigro (Gibsonia, Pa.) ranks fourth in the America East with a 4.53 digs per set average and 154 total digs in conference. Muzzonigro has collected 430 digs overall this season.
Scouting Albany (11-14, 8-2): Albany split a pair of matches on the road last weekend, falling to UMBC in four sets then defeating Binghamton by the same score. The Friars will look to play spoiler against Albany as the Great Danes attempt to lock up their fifth consecutive America East regular season championship, and eighth in the past nine years. Sara Pope leads the Great Danes with 288 kills, while Gabby Whitworth has a team-high 456 assists and a .233 hitting percentage. Earlier this season, Albany defeated the Friars in straight sets in Providence, R.I.
Scouting Hartford (8-18, 2-8): The Hawks have dropped their last four matches including two this past weekend on the road. Hartford fell to both Binghamton and UMBC in straight sets. Sareeta Nethersole leads the team in kills (343), hitting percentage (.239) and ranks second in blocks (40), trailing teammate Lindsay Anderson by one. Jackie Tamburri ranks third in the conference with 9.65 assists per set. The Hawks won their match with the Friars in October, 3-0.