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Three UMBC Volleyball Retrievers Named to All-Conference Teams; Oscars Named All-Academic
Sophomore Ashley Oscars was named to the All-Conference Second Team for the 2007 season.
Freshman Bridget Scheetz was named to the America East All-Rookie team.
Freshman Sabrina Hoeks was named to the America East All-Rookie team.
The 2006 conference Rookie of the Year, Oscars finished the season with 3.60 kills per game, which ranked fourth in the America East, and 4.12 points per game, which ranked seventh. Oscars earned the America East Player of the Week award twice during the season.
Scheetz set a new UMBC single-season record for assisted blocks as she totaled 112 for the season, smashing the previous record of 93 set by Kara Welniak in 1999. In the conference charts, Scheetz ranked fourth, averaging 1.12 blocks per game in the 2007 season, and also ranked seventh in hitting percentage, posting a team-high .294 mark. Scheetz also finishes the season ranked second on the Retrievers single-season total blocks chart with 119 and picked up two conference Rookie of the Week awards—for the first and last weeks of competition.
Hoeks finished the 2007 season in the top 75 of the country for service aces according to the most recent national rankings and was also part of three-way tie for first in the conference rankings. Hoeks averaged 0.46 service aces per game, which ranks 69th in the country, recording 44 total aces in 95 games played. Hoeks also ranked 10th in the conference top ten in digs per game, as she averaged 2.97 digs per game in 2007. Hoeks was also a two-time Rookie of the Week award-winner for the Retrievers.
Stony Brook's Jackie Ahlers was unanimously voted the America East Player of the Year, while her teammate Katilyn Deutsch the Setter of the Year award and head coach Deborah Matejka-DesLauriers earned Coach of the Year. Albany's Amanda Cowdrey picked up the Rookie of the Year accolade, while New Hampshire's Alyse Lahti was named Defensive Specialist of the Year.
In addition, Oscars was also named to the All-Academic team, which is based on a student-athlete's academic and athletic accomplishments. Consideration for the team requires student-athletes to have a minimum 3.00 cumulative grade point average entering the season. Freshmen are not eligible for the All-Academic teams and grade point averages are taken from the semester prior to the competing athletic season.