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Three Lady Lions Selected to All-AMCC Volleyball Squad

Three Lady Lions Selected to All-AMCC Volleyball Squad


11/9/2016 — ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Three Penn State Altoona women’s volleyball players were voted to the Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference’s All-Conference Team, which was announced on Wednesday.

Taking first team All-AMCC honors was sophomore outside hitter Kelsey Bristol (Troy, PA/Troy).

Bristol enjoyed a breakout season for Penn State Altoona women’s volleyball, playing in all 97 sets for her team this fall. She was her team’s top offensive weapon, and she was also a key part of the Lady Lions’ defense. Among all AMCC players, the sophomore ranked third in kills (300), kills per set (3.09), points (347.0), and points per set (3.6), fifth in service aces (38) and aces per set (0.39), and sixth in digs (451) and digs per set (4.65).

Bristol led the Lady Lions in kills, kills per set, aces, and aces per set, and she was second on the team in digs and digs per set. She was named the AMCC Women’s Volleyball Player of the Week one time during the season.

Voted second team All-Conference was senior libero Emily Baker (Lewisberry, PA/Red Land).

In her fourth and final season with Penn State Altoona women’s volleyball, Baker was again the anchor of her team’s defense. She set career-highs in digs per set (6.72) and total digs (652), ranking second and third, respectively, in those categories among all AMCC players. The senior appeared in all 97 sets of her team’s 26 matches this fall.

Baker surpassed the 2,000-dig mark in her career during the 2016 season, and she ranks third on the Penn State Altoona women’s volleyball all-time digs list with 2,091 digs. Her average of 5.00 digs per set is third-highest in team history.

Taking third team All-Conference honors was freshman middle hitter Josie Stovall (Palmyra, PA/Palmyra).

Stovall emerged as a significant presence at the net for the Lady Lions during the season. She was 16th in the AMCC and tied for first on her team in hitting percentage (.195), and she was 15th in kills (181) and 16th in kills per set (1.87). She was also tied for first on her team in total blocks (48), a mark that ranked 16th in the conference. She was 14th in the AMCC in solo blocks (13) and 17th in block assists (35). Stovall also placed 12th among all conference players in total points (236.5) and 14th in points per set (2.4).

For Bristol, Baker, and Stovall, this represents the first time in their collegiate careers that they have been picked to an AMCC All-Conference Team. Players selected to the All-Conference Team are determined by a vote of the conference’s head women’s volleyball coaches.

Penn State Altoona women’s volleyball was 13-13 overall this season, including an 8-1 mark in the AMCC. The Lady Lions lost in the conference championship match on Sunday, November 6 to Pitt-Bradford, but the squad earned a berth into the Eastern College Athletic Conference’s Division III Championship Tournament. In the first round of that tournament, the Lady Lions will travel to face Marymount University on Wednesday, November 9 at 4:00 p.m.

Photo (left to right): Penn State Altoona sophomore outside hitter Kelsey Bristol, senior libero Emily Baker, and freshman middle hitter Josie Stovall were each voted to the AMCC Women's Volleyball All-Conference Team.

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