Wednesday, September 06, 2006

Volleyball Notebook

It was quite an opening weekend for Centennial volleyball with Haverford and Franklin & Marshall getting off to quick starts, while Gettysburg came up empty taking on the top two teams in the country. The Fords kicked off the year with a three-game sweep of Ursinus, before rolling over Catholic, Neumann. Susquehanna and Widener to capture their own Invitational. Two names to keep an eye out for -- Rebecca Salvo (La Canada, CA / Flintridge Sacred Heart) and her sister Rachel Salvo (La Canada, CA / Flintridge Sacred Heart). Rebecca was the tourney MVP, while Rachel was named to the All-Tournament squad. The Diplomats won a pair of matches in their scramble tournament, downing Rutgers-Camden and York. Maritza Fair (Bronx, NY / The Nightingale Bamford School) led the way with 22 kills in her collegiate debut. The Bullets, five-time defending CC champs, dropped three-game matches to #2 Wittenberg and #1 Juniata, while also falling to Muskingum and Christopher Newport. Amanda Lewis (San Antonio, TX / St. Mary's Hall) and Allison Cappeleare (Ellicott City, MD / Centennial) were named to the All-Tournament team as Johns Hopkins finished 3-2 in the Asics/Hopkins Invitational. Muhlenberg finished third at the Moravian Premiere Invitational behind the play of Kate Haggerty (Springfield, PA / Cardinal O'Hara) who earned All-Tournament honors. Swarthmore also went 2-2 at Moravian as OH Jen Wang (Palo Alto, CA / Henry Gunn) was selected to the All-Tourney team. BY THE NUMBERS: Haverford head coach Amy Bergin won the 30th Centennial match of her coaching career when the Fords swept Ursinus last Friday. Now in her fifth season, she is tied for seventh in all-time CC wins (30-11) and is two wins shy of moving to the No. 5 position ... only two teams - Franklin & Marshall (5 times) and Gettysburg (5) - have been ranked in the AVCA Division III top 25 since 1992. The Diplomats' highest ranking was 15th on Sept. 28, 1994, while the Bullets ascended to the No. 10 spot on Sept. 30, 1998. F&M has finished in the top 20 once (2000), coming in at No. 20. Gettysburg has not closed a season in the top 25.