The Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference coaches have overwhelmingly selected Frostburg State University as the favorite to repeat as conference champions in 2004.  The Bobcats have won six of the seven titles since the league's inception in 1997.  The squad finished 2003 with a 31-4 record and earned an independent bid to the NCAA Div. III tournament. 

Penn State Behrend, the only other squad ever to win the conference volleyball crown, was selected to finish second, ahead of Pitt-Bradford.  Frostburg State senior outside hitter Lauren Petrick (North Caroline HS/Denton, MD) was the coaches' pick for Preseason Player of the Year for the second straight time.  Last season's conference Player of the Year, Petrick was ranked near the top of the AMCC in kills (368, 3.64 kpg), hitting percentage (.274) and service aces (71, .70 apg). She was also a CoSIDA First Team Academic All-District selection for Region II.

The AMCC welcomes three new members to the conference this season:  Hilbert College, Medaille College, and Mt. Aloysius College.  The conference will receive an automatic bid to the national tournament for the first time in 2004.

Preseason Rankings:
1. Frostburg State
2. Penn State Behrend
3. Pitt-Bradford

Preseason Player of the Year:
Lauren Petrick
Frostburg State University



                                    Other players to watch:

FROSTBURG STATE (31-4 overall, 12-0 AMCC)
MB Jodi Carpenter (Linganore HS/Mt. Airy, MD)...All-AMCC Second Team last season...second in conference in hitting percentage (.349)..Also averaged 1.06  bpg and 3.07 dpg.
S Carrie Ness (Francis Scott Key HS/Taneytown, MD)...First team all-conference selection in 2003...Ranked second in the AMCC in assists (9.84 apg).

HILBERT (1-18 overall)
OH Lynn Workman (Newfane HS/Newfane, NY)...2003 stats included 58 kills, 151 digs and 12 blocks.
MH Jamie O'Connor (Hamburg HS/Hamburg, NY)...Contributed 49 kills, 59 digs and 13 blocks last season.

LA ROCHE (15-14 overall, 6-6 AMCC)
MH Megan Snyder (Shaler HS/Glenshaw, PA)...Two time All-AMCC first team selection...Ranked first in the AMCC and 15th nationally for hitting percentage (.399)...Second best in the AMCC last year in blocks (1.45 bpg) and 19th nationally.
L Tara Dudash (Slippery Rock HS/Slippery Rock, PA)...Four-year starter for the Redhawks...Ranked second in the conference in digs last year with 481 (4.58 dpg).

LAKE ERIE (1-25 overall, 0-12 AMCC)
OH Jenn Bartholomew (Berkshire HS/Burton, OH)...Led the Storm front line with 71 blocks (1.13 bpg), fourth best in the conference..
MH Heather Sabo (Mayfield HS/Mayfield, OH)...No information available.

MEDAILLE (15-14 overall)
S Mary Helak (St. Mary's HS/West Seneca, NY)...First team all-conference in the Northeast Athletic Conference in 2003...helped the Mavericks with 482 assists, 44 aces and 265 digs (2.6 dpg).
MH Lauren Smith (Kenmore East HS/Tonawanda, NY)...NEAC Newcomer of the Year last season...contributed 190 kills (1.86 kpg), 37 aces and 47 total blocks.

MT. ALOYSIUS (15-21 overall)
OH Jill McCoy (Roaring Spring, PA)...Led the team in kills and blocks last season.
S Jill Crum (Summerhill, PA)...Will be depended on to provide upperclass leadership to a young squad.

PENN STATE ALTOONA (12-16 overall, 7-5 AMCC)

MH Erin Monn (Chambersburg HS/Shippensburg, PA)...Second Team All-AMCC in 2003...Led the Lions in blocks per game (.61) and hitting percentage (.354).
S/H Lindsay McGuirk (Thomas Jefferson HS/Jefferson Hills, PA)...Only freshman to receive all-conference honors in last year (honorable mention)...Second on team in assists per game (4.66) and blocks per game (.39)..

PENN STATE BEHREND (17-17 overall, 8-4 AMCC)

MH Elaine Voltz (Knoch HS/Saxonburg, PA)...As a freshman played in 62 games after sitting out early in season recovering from an injury...led team with .293 hitting percentage, good for 134 kills...also led team in solo blocks with 24 and totaled 33 block assists (0.92 bpg).
L Ashley Ordy (Butler HS/Butler, PA)...Ranked fourth in the conference in digs last season (4.40 dpg).

PITT-BRADFORD (13-12 overall, 7-5 AMCC)
OH Missy Wahlberg (Kane HS/Kane, PA)...Two-time first team all-conference selection..led the AMCC in kills last season (4.4 kpg)...also contributed 159 digs and 29 aces.
MB Jennifer Lewke (Central Square HS/Central Square, PA)...ranked third in the AMCC in blocks (1.2 bpg) and led the Panthers in aces (45)...also had 208 kills and 172 digs.

PITT-GREENSBURG (3-24 overall, 2-10 AMCC)
OH B.J. Bertges (Plum HS/Plum, PA)...Ranked among conference leaders last season in blocks (.81 bpg) and assists (6.09 apg).
S/OH Breanne Bell (Beth-Center HS/Marianna, PA)...Starting setter for the Beth-Center Bulldogs who placed 5th at states this past year in AA...will probably see a lot of playing time in the OH hitter position...competed in triple jump and long jump in high school track.