November 9, 2012 - National Champion Wildcats Close Season By Hosting Molloy On Saturday
The Daemen College women's volleyball team will cap off its memorable 2012 season Saturday when it plays host to NCAA Division II Molloy College.
The match is set to begin at 11 a.m. Seniors Katie Auge, Joanna Fretthold and Ashley Scrinzi will be honored before the match.
The 2012 season featured plenty of highlights and was capped this past weekend when the Wildcats ran the table at the United States Collegiate Athletic Association (USCAA) championship tournament to claim the 2012 USCAA National Championship. Daemen cruised through the pool play portion of the tournament, and dominated Johnson & Wales (25-5, 25-5, 25-20) in the national quarterfinals. A straight-set win over Rochester College (25-22, 25-17, 26-24) in the semifinals set up a championship match showdown with three-time defending champion Florida College. After dropping the first set (22-25), the Wildcats gutted out three-straight wins (25-22, 25-23, 25-19) to claim the national title.
All-American Joanna Fretthold led the Wildcats with 11 kills, 12 digs and four aces en route to earning the tournament's Most Valuable Player award. Fellow All-American Jenn Karan joined Fretthold on the All-Tournament team with a 17 kill performance in the championship match. Daemen would finish with three All-Tournament team honorees, as Ye Wang added 12 kills and a tournament-best five solo blocks and five block assists.
After opening the 2012 season by losing five of its first nine matches, Daemen started its march to the national title with a 12-match winning streak. The streak included wins over eight NCAA Division II teams and two wins over SUNYAC runner-up Buffalo State. The Wildcats bounced back from a mini slump, in which they lost four of five matches, with back-to-back wins over Fredonia State and Division II New York Institute of Technology, before dropping a tough five-setter (21-25, 23-25, 27-25, 25-17, 12-15) at Roberts Wesleyan in the last match before heading to the USCAA tournament.
Daemen stands at 26-10 on the year. The 26 wins equals the most in one season under current head coach Mark Parisi. The Wildcats also posted 26 wins last fall. The national championship win over Florida College was the 125th career win for Parisi. Making this season even more impressive is that fact that the Wildcats have only played four of their 36 matches in the friendly confines of Lumsden Gymnasium.
Senior Joanna Fretthold (North Tonawanda, NY/North Tonawanda), junior Jenn Karan (Orchard Park, NY/Orchard Park) and sophomores Ye Wang (Beijing, China) and Lindsey Nowak (West Seneca, NY/Immaculata Academy) have powered an offense that is averaging 12.6 kills per set and has posted a .236 hitting percentage. Fretthold ranks second on the team in kills (326) and service aces (34), and third in digs (398). Karan leads the team in kills (353) and total attacks (857), while Wang owns a team-best .361 hitting percentage (258 kills) and leads the team in both solo blocks (48) and total blocks (117). Nowak ranks third in kills (278), second in hitting percentage (.281) and third in total blocks (51).
Support has come from junior Kaitlin Watchey (Jamestown, NY/Jamestown), senior Katie Auge (Salamanca, NY/Salamanca) and junior Brittany Anthon (Lancaster, NY/Lancaster). Watchey has totaled 156 kills and 83 total blocks (21 solo). Auge has recorded 111 kills, leads the team in service aces (36) and ranks second in digs (405). Anthon has added 17 service aces and 61 digs.
Junior Kaley Vazquez (Kenmore, NY/Kenmore West) and sophomore Chelsea Turcer (Alexander, NY/Alexander Central) have shared the role of playmaker all season. Vazquez has played in all 122 sets, leads the team in assists per set (6.05) and has also contributed 18 aces and 196 digs. Turcer has played in 121 sets and ranks second in both assists per set (4.33) and service aces (34). Defensive specialist Paige Tilert (Derby, NY/Lake Shore) has totaled a team-high 413 digs.
Molloy is a member of the East Coast Conference (ECC), which Daemen will join as a probationary member next year. The Wildcats are 2-1 against ECC schools this year, including the 3-1 victory over NYIT. NYIT currently sits in second place in the league standings (18-7 overall, 10-3 ECC).
Molloy dropped to 8-18 overall and 6-8 in the ECC following a 3-1 loss to Dowling College Tuesday night. The Lions played a conference match at Roberts Wesleyan Friday night. Sophomores Sam Berna (218 kills) and Shannon Appel (198 kills) and seniors Jennifer Koelbel (476 assists, 424 digs, 29 aces) and Liz Moulder (66 total blocks) have paced the Molloy attack.