Immediate Release: November 19, 2009
Cambridge, Mass. -- Junior outside hitter Michelle McDonough was named to the America East All-Conference First Team and junior hitter Anna Lejina was chosen to the second team, the conference office announced on Thursday. Freshman Alex Roland also earned a spot on the all-rookie squad.
McDonough, who was named to the first team in 2008 and the all-rookie team in 2007, is leading the conference in kills per set (4.00) in America East play this season. McDonough also became the fastest Bearcat to reach the 1,000 kill-plateau earlier this year.
Lejina currently ranks third in the conference in overall kills per set (3.84) and has made an all-conference team for the second straight year after being on the first team in 2008.
"Michelle and Anna have been the driving force of our offense all year," head coach Glenn Kiriyama said. "They are a hard working pair, who have been simply dominant at times during the conference season."
Roland ranks fourth in the America East in blocks per set (0.94) in conference matches. The newcomer from Austin, Texas has posted 61 total blocks in her freshman campaign and is currently on an 18-match streak of recording at least one block.
"Alex has steadily improved at one of the hardest positions on the court," Kiriyama said. "Her growth at the middle blocker position has been instrumental to our success this year."
The Bearcats have earned the No. 3 seed for the upcoming America East Tournament and will play No. 2 New Hampshire in Albany at 3 p.m. on Friday in the semifinals. This is the sixth-straight season the Bearcats have advanced to the conference tournament.
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