ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - The Allegheny Mountain Collegiate Conference released its All-Conference team for women’s volleyball on Wednesday, and it included three Penn State Altoona standouts.
Voted first team All-AMCC was sophomore outside hitter Lauren Diller (Chambersburg, PA/Chambersburg). Junior outside hitter Kelsey Bristol (Troy, PA/Troy) was a second team All-Conference selection, and sophomore middle blocker Josie Stovall (Palmyra, PA/Palmyra) was picked to the third team.
Diller emerged as one of the top outside hitters in the AMCC during her sophomore campaign this fall. In the conference, she ranked fourth in kills (263), fifth in points (301.0) and points per set (3.1), sixth in kills per set (2.74), 11th in digs (335), 13th in digs per set (3.49) and solo blocks (13), and 22nd in total blocks (29). Diller appeared in all 26 matches for the Lady Lions during the season, playing in 96 out of 97 possible sets. She earned one AMCC Player of the Week award, as well as one Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III South Region Offensive Player of the Week recognition. This is Diller’s first career appearance on an AMCC All-Conference team.
Bristol posted another strong season for the women’s volleyball team, despite suffering an injury in mid-October that forced her to miss seven matches before her return to the lineup. She ranked seventh in the AMCC this season in kills per set (2.45), eighth in points per set (2.9), 11th in digs per set (3.55), 19th in kills (162) and digs (234), and 22nd in hitting percentage (.159), service aces per set (0.32), and points (189.0). Bristol played in 18 of her team’s 26 matches, including appearing in 66 total sets. She was named the AMCC Player of the Week once during the season. This is Bristol’s second selection to an All-AMCC team, after being voted first team All-Conference as a sophomore in 2016.
Stovall, who was also a third team All-AMCC pick as a freshman last season, continued to provide the Lady Lions with a strong net presence this fall. In the AMCC this season, Stovall ranked eighth in hitting percentage (.227), ninth in solo blocks (16), 10th in kills (208) and points (244.0), 14th in kills per set (2.14) and points per set (2.5), 17th in total blocks (45), and 23rd in blocks per set (0.35). Stovall was one of only two players on her team that appeared in all 26 matches and played in all 97 sets.
Penn State Altoona women’s volleyball has a 13-13 overall record this season. The team’s 7-2 AMCC record was good for first place in the league’s regular season standings, earning the Lady Lions the conference’s regular season title and postseason tournament hosting rights.
After falling in the AMCC Tournament semifinal round, Penn State Altoona women’s volleyball was chosen to compete in the Eastern College Athletic Conference Division III Championship Tournament for the second consecutive season. The Lady Lions travel to face Westminster College today, Wednesday, November 8 at 7:00 p.m. in the ECAC Tournament’s opening round.