For Immediate Release
November 12, 2011
Easton, Mass. – Third-seeded Adelphi University won the 2011 Northeast-10 Conference Volleyball Championship on Saturday night with a 3-0 victory (25-21, 25-20, 25-16) over The College of Saint Rose at Merkert Gym on the campus of Stonehill College.
With the victory, Adelphi (22-7, 12-3 NE-10) earns an automatic bid to compete for the national championship. The field for the 2011 NCAA Division II Volleyball Championship will be announced on Sunday, November 13 at 10:00 p.m.
Adelphi libero Bianca Hernandez was named the championship's Most Outstanding Player after totaling a match-high 14 digs in the title game.
Adelphi last appeared in the championship contest just two years ago but fell short of the conference crown to the University of Massachusetts Lowell. For Saint Rose (18-9, 11-4 NE-10), it marked the program's first trip to the conference title game since 2006 when it fell to Bentley University.
Adelphi'sPatawe Simms totaled a match-high 11 kills while teammate Chelsea Overholt contributed 10 kills and nine digs. Kaitlyn DeStefano had eight kills and Emily Dorko chipped in with seven of her own. Alexandra Kahen contributed nine digs while setter Katie Bryson totaled a match-high 32 assists in the championship victory.
For Saint Rose, Aubrey Bobo led the way with eight kills in the match for the Golden Knights. Kaitlyn Jasnica, Sarah Kahrs and Chelsea Tyler all had six kills apiece. Tori Daniels led Saint Rose with 11 digs in the losing effort and also contributed 13 assists while Ariana Wilson totaled 12 assists and six digs.
Saint Rose's Katy Daniels was named to the All Championship team following a nine-dig effort in the title match.
Volleyball All-Championship Team
Bianca Hernandez, Adelphi
Chelsea Overholt, Adelphi
Kristina Wiltjer, UMass Lowell
Katy Daniels, Saint Rose
Erin Kelly, Stonehill
Most Outstanding Player – Bianca Hernandez, Adelphi
Northeast-10 Volleyball Championship - Finals
Final Four at Stonehill College
Friday, November 11
Match 5: #2 Adelphi 3, #3 Stonehill 0
Match #4 Saint Rose 3, #8 UMass Lowell 0
Saturday, November 12
Match 7: #3 Adelphi 3, #4 Saint Rose 0
The Northeast-10 is an association of 16 NCAA Division II colleges and universities located in New England and New York that is committed to supporting balanced academic and athletic opportunities for more than 5,500 student-athletes. Each year, 4,000 of those student-athletes compete in Conference championships in 23 sports, making the NE-10 the largest DII conference in the country. Leading the way in the classroom, on the field and within the community, the Northeast-10 is proud of its comprehensive program and the experience it provides student-athletes.