Penn State Fayette Lady Roaring Lions honored with postseason accolades
The conference champion Penn State Fayette Roaring Lions Women’s Volleyball team dominated the recently announced 2010 Pennsylvania State University Athletic Conference (PSUAC) All-Conference Team, comprised of the best players from the Penn State Commonwealth Campuses.
- Sophomore Leah Ambrosini, an outside hitter from Connellsville, was named PSUAC Player of the Year for the second consecutive season, while also being named to the First Team. Following her outstanding freshman year with a dominate sophomore campaign, she was also selected to the 2010 USCAA All-American First Team for a second consecutive year as a member of that exclusive club.
- Junior Katie Sleasman, a setter from Connellsville, was named PSUAC Setter of the Year and PSUAC First Team. This is Sleasman’s second recognition as Setter of the Year, but her third selection to the All-Conference squad as she was also honored in her freshman (first team/setter of the year) and sophomore seasons (first team).
- Freshman Marney Hillen, an outside hitter from Geibel Catholic, was also named to the PSUAC First Team after jumping on the scene with a strong freshman year.
- Junior Alex Rossi, an outside hitter/setter from Yough, was named to the PSUAC Second Team. The selection was Rossi’s second straight year being honored, as she garnered first team honors in 2009.
- Coach Nancy Wheeler was named Coach of the Year, her second consecutive win of this honor.
With the help of a strong supporting cast, these players and coach led the Lady Roaring Lions to their third consecutive conference championship and fifth championship in six seasons. The Lady Roaring Lions now own the most PSUAC championships in conference history.
The Lady Roaring Lions return all but one of their 10 players for the 2011 season, including all six starters. Fayette will open the 2011 season at the Penn State Beaver Volleyball Classic, held August 26-27.
The Penn State Fayette Women’s Volleyball Team. Front Row (from left): Marney Hillen, Jessica Wilson, Samantha Anderson, Ashley Knauer, Alex Rossi, Meghan Tirpak; Back Row (from left): Coach Kathy Hillen, Coach Marita Hunchuck, Katie Sleasman, Alaina Weiss, Lacey Mathews, Caitlin Fidel, Leah Ambrosini, Head Coach Nancy Wheeler. (Photo by Greg Kelly.)