Labor Day weekend featured the second weekend of non-conference tournaments in Atlantic Sun volleyball. ETSU won the Radford Invitational topping Canisius, Davidson and Norfolk State. Remember, if you attend a match, this week send us a photo of you and your friends … we’ll get it posted here and on our Facebook page!
Webb Reaches 300-Win Plateau
Belmont's Deane Webb, already the program's winningest head coach secured the 300th win of his coaching career when the Bruins outlasted Weber State in five sets. The win represented the 138th for Webb at Belmont. Previously, he picked up 28 wins at ETSU and started his career by posting a 134-51 record at Indiana Wesleyan.
Stancliff Stands Tall
In winning the first Player of the Week award of her career, ETSU's Jamie Stancliff becomes the first Buccaneer to earn an A-Sun weekly honor since Amanda Youell earned the honor for her play from September 17-23, 2007.
Precursor to Successful Year in Johnson City
The Buccaneers' three-game sweep of the Radford Invitational represented the first time since the 2001 Winthrop Tournament that ETSU went undefeated at a non-conference tournament. The Buccaneers topped Georgia State, Georgia Southern and Winthrop kicking off a year that finished in a 20-6 campaign.
The following A-Sun volleyballers earned All-Tournament honors at respective events over the weekend:
Kayla Albritton, Belmont, Nevada Invitational
Annie Kobeski, Campbell, Colonial Challenge
Whitney Cogburn, ETSU, Radford Invitational
*Jamie Stancliff, ETSU, Radford Invitational
Camil Dominguez, FGCU, Active Ankle Challenge
Alyssa Lang, Kennesaw State, UIC Invitational
Kaycee Green, Lipscomb, Pittsburgh Invitational
Alex Kelly, Lipscomb, Pittsburgh Invitational
Anna Coursey, Mercer, Bear Brawl
Amiee Frutchey, Mercer, Bear Brawl
Paige Pridgeon, UNF, Holiday Inn Jefferson Cup
Mindy Quimby, USC Upstate, Appalachian Invitational
Monique Russell, Stetson, Clarion Volleyball Invitational
Two Atlantic Sun schools host tournaments this weekend as ETSU looks to build off its success at the Radford Invitational welcoming Austin Peay, UNC Greensboro and UNC Asheville for the Buccaneer Classic presented by Holiday Inn. Fans can catch all the action from Brooks Gym on ASun.TV.
UNF plays in front of the home crowd for the first time in 2010 hosting the Best Western Invitational. The Ospreys open with Chattanooga and Troy on Friday with contests against Charleston Southern and UIC slated for Saturday.
From the Quote Sheet
"There's a coaching saying that I agree with that says 'Good players make good coaches', and seeing a 300th win as a college coach reminds me how fortunate I've been to coach all the wonderful players that earned all of these victories," Belmont head coach Deane Webb said. "Along with the players, I'm thankful for the assistant coaches that have coached our teams to these victories. Whether it's Jeff Wismer, who just started here and has coached our team to three wins, to Embrey Brannon who has been here four years and is doing a great job with our players, to Tony Howell and Ken Carver, coaches that worked alongside me for years and each coached teams to over a hundred wins, they're as much responsible for those successes as anyone." - Courtesy BelmontBruins.com