Buffalo, NY - The Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference (AMCC) released their first ever men's volleyball preseason poll on Monday morning with new competition set to battle the D'Youville Spartans.
D'Youvile finished 2018 with a 7-16 overall record and 2-2 in AMCC play. This season, the men transition from being a member of both the AMCC and the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) to a full-time member of the AMCC. Wittenberg and Thiel join the AMCC this season to go with existing members Penn State-Altoona, Penn State-Behrend, Medaille, and Hiram. With seven members now in the AMCC, the conference is eligible for an automatic NCAA bid.
Pat ended his 2018 season by being named the AMCC Co-Player of the Year and an AMCC First Team All-Conference selection. He led the team in kills (298), kills per set (3.68), digs (151), and digs per set (1.86); was tied for first in service aces per set (0.35), and was second in hitting percentage (.254) and service aces (28).
Stroh recorded a team-high four double-doubles. He had five matches of double-digit digs and led AMCC in 2018 in kills per set and was second in kills and service aces.
As for Kilijanski, he shifts back to his natural position of Libero for his senior season after playing outside hitter and setter the past two seasons. Ryan led team in assists (664) and service aces (29) last season while tying for first in service aces per set (0.35). He was fourth in digs (110) and blocks (29).
Newcomer to the conference Wittenberg is expected to take the top spot in the conference in their first season in the AMCC. The AMCC coaches voted the eight teams in the conference to finish in the following order:
- Penn State-Behrend
- Penn State-Altoona
- D'Youville and Geneva (tied)
D'Youville will begin their season at Bard on Friday, Janaury 18 at 8:00pm. The men will then stay at Bard into Saturday, Janaury 19 as they play Misericordia at 12:00pm and Wilkes at 2:00pm.
The full AMCC preseason poll, including preseason player of the year awards and players to watch, can be found at the AMCC website