|Hatters Fall Twice, Russell Named All-Tournament|
Monique Russell earned All-Tournament honors this weekend at the Clarion Invitational.
Courtesy: Bob Newsome
DeLand, Fla. - Stetson sophomore libero Monique Russell (Phoenix, Ariz.) was named to the All-Tournament Team following the conclusion of the Clarion Volleyball Invitational at the Edmunds Center on Saturday night. The Hatters (1-6) dropped two matches on the day, falling 25-20, 22-25, 9-25, 22-25 to Wofford (6-3) in the afternoon and taking a 15-25, 19-25, 11-25 loss at the hands of unbeaten tournament champion Wyoming (8-0) in the evening. The bulk of the Wyoming-Stetson match was played at the Hollis Center after a lengthy delay caused by a power failure in the Edmunds Center.
Russell collected 75 digs, 11 assists and an ace in her four matches the last two days including 29 on Saturday against the Terriers and Cowgirls to earn All-Tournament mention for the first time in her career. Wyoming outside hitter Lauren Whitney received the MVP award for leading her team to four wins in four matches this weekend.
Freshman outside hitter Katie DiGirolamo (Bradenton, Fla.) registered her first career double-double with 12 kills and 13 digs in the Wofford match; sophomore setter Kelli Carneal handed out 30 assists, notched seven digs and put down four kills. Junior middle blocker Sam Freeman (Gulf Breeze, Fla.) finished with eight kills, four digs and two blocks with outside hitters Kaley Melville (New Germany, Minn.) and Kaylee Ream (Venice, Fla.) collecting 10 digs apiece. Russell tied for the match lead with 20 digs.
Catelyn Amende paced Wofford with 12 kills while Bekah Dorsey (22 assists, 10 digs) picked up a double-double. Tara Gough (15 assists, six digs), Reagan Styles (20 digs), Stacy Byrd (12 digs, nine kills) and Amanda Liguori (12 digs, eight kills) also put up strong numbers for the Terriers.
Stetson found a consistent attack hard to come by against Wyoming's dominating frontcourt; DiGirolamo finished with a team-high six kills to go along with 10 digs. Carneal contributed 17 assists, eight digs and four service aces to the Hatter cause.
Whitney led Wyoming with a match-high nine kills with Rachel Keyes (21 assists, six digs), Barbara Lasic (19 assists) and Jadranka Tramosljanin (22 digs) also helping lead the way. Lasic and outside hitter Lori Purdy received All-Tournament honors for Wyoming along with Whitney. The other All-Tournament honorees were Amende and the Florida Atlantic duo of Anne Vaughn and Christina Wallinger.
Stetson is back in action this Friday-Saturday at the Elon Volleyball Classic. The Hatters take on Liberty at 11:30 a.m. and tournament host Elon at 8 p.m. Friday with a noon matchup set for Saturday against Northern Illinois.
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