Who: Mount Aloysius Mounties vs. D'Youville Spartans
What: Women's Volleyball
Where: College Center Gym
When: Saturday, September 23 - 1:00pm
Buffalo, NY - The D'Youville women's volleyball team has been on a roll lately, winning four of their last five games heading into conference play against Mount Aloysius.
Seniors Kendyll Smith (Petrolia, PA/Karns City), Megan Schneider (Lockport, NY/Lockport), Alexandra Bubar (Wilson, NY/Wilson), and Abby Booth (Hamburg, NY/Frontier) have been very important to the team's success not only this year, but in years past. The four are complete players as Schneider ranks second in kills (70) and second in digs (117), Smith is first in kills (72) and fifth in digs (49), Booth is second in assists (100), third in service aces (11), and fourth in digs (57) while Bubar is first in digs (134) and fourth in service aces (9). Sophomore McKenna Cartonia (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster) has added to the team's depth and had a breakout second season with the Spartans. She currently leads the team with 137 assists, 15 service aces, and is third with 62 digs. She was most recently named AMCC Player of the Week for volleyball after a week that saw her tally 10 kills, 19 digs, seven service aces, one block, and 49 assists. Junior Julie Fleming (Tonawanda, NY/Mt. St. Mary's Academy) has also been a leader for the team, leading them in blocks, is third in service aces and fourth in kills.
D'Youville's currently has a record of 6-5, while as of Thursday, the Mounties are 4-8. Each team defeated Clarks Summit 3-0 and lost to Lycoming 3-1 earlier this season. Mount Aloysius began their season with a 2-2 record but went on to suffer losses in their next six matches. On September 16 the Mounties got back on the winning track, earning back-to-back wins against Clarks Summit and Valley Forge.
In the team's lone match against each other last year, the Spartans came away as victors 3-2. Samantha Murray (Hamburg, NY/Frontier) and Smith led the way on offense with 10 and 12 kills respectively. Booth recorded 24 assists while Cartonia added 18.
Saturday's match between Mount Aloysius and D'Youville will be part of a quad-match involving Mount Aloysius, Penn State-Altoona, Pitt.-Bradford, and D'Youville, hosted by D'Youville in the College Center Gym. The second match of the day between Penn State-Atloona and D'Youville will begin at 3:30pm.