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Women's Volleyball


Volleyball 7th in Blocks in Final NCAA Stats
Beth Kendera 11th in Hitting Percentage and 24th in Blocks
     12/12/12...Head Coach Linda Renzi's Lady Cat volleyball team ended the 2012 season ranked seventh in blocks per set when the final NCAA Division II statistics were released on Tuesday. Individually, junior middle hitter Beth Kendera (Johnstown, Pa.) was 11th in the nation in hitting percentage and 24th in blocks per set. Statistics are based on matches played through December 8... (Full Story)

ATH11_266_RenziL_TLinda Renzi Named WVIAC Volleyball Coach of the Year
Kendera Second-Team, Shanabrook Honorable Mention All-WVIAC

     11/14/12...Pitt-Johnstown women's volleyball coach Linda Renzi was named the 2012 WVIAC Coach of the Year by her peers in the league when this year's all-conference teams were released on Thursday. In addition, junior middle hitter Beth Kendera (Johnstown, Pa.) was a Second-Team All-WVIAC selection, and sophomore outside hitter Kelsey Shanabrook (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) was an honorable mention choice... (Full Story) ... (Full WVIAC Release)
     Wheeling Jesuit (WV) University junior middle blocker Jenna Pew was named Player of the Year, while the Freshman of the Year honors was awarded to Seton Hill University middle blocker Shelby Kyllo.
     Coach Renzi, in her ninth season at the helm of the program, led the team to a fifth-place finish in the WVIAC regular-season standings. The Lady Cats went 18-8 overall and finished 10-4 in conference-play. In her tenure at Pitt-Johnstown, Renzi has coached 10 players who have made All-WVIAC Teams, including three Second-Team selections. Coach Renzi has also had a pair of players named to the All-Freshman Team. The award marks the first time someone from Pitt-Johnstown has won the honor.
     Kendera, a Second-Team All-WVIAC choice, led the Lady Cats in blocks with 117 and was second on the team behind Shanabrook in kills (210) and kills per set (2.84). Kendera also ranks 11th in NCAA Division II in hitting percentage (.396) and 17th in blocks per set at 1.27.
     Shanabrook, a member of the 2011 WVIAC All-Freshmen Team, was was named honorable mention all-conference this season after leading Pitt-Johnstown in kills (270) and kills per set (2.84).

Volleyball Falls to D&E in First Round of WVIAC Tournament
     11/12/12... (Box Score) For the second time in three days, the Lady Cat volleyball team and Davis & Elkins (WV) College battled to five sets. However, this time, the 12th-seeded Senators outlasted #5-seeded Pitt-Johnstown for a 3-sets-to-2 victory Monday night in the Sports Center to end the Lady Cats' season and advance to the WVIAC Quarterfinals in Charleston, WV. Pitt-Johnstown season ends at 18-8.
     Davis and Elkins defeated Pitt-Johnstown 13-25, 25-23, 13-25, 25-21, and 15-13.
     Ashley DiRado (Greensburg, Pa.) had 11 kills and seven block assists, and Kelsey Shanabrook (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) had 11 kills and 10 digs to lead the Lady Cats. Karen Schmidt (Boswell, Pa.) collected nine kills, 19 digs, a block solo and a block assist, while Larissa Swank (Boswell, Pa.) finished with seven kills and three block assists.
     Kayla Petrilla (Johnstown, Pa.) (20 assists) and Nikki Oakes (Pittsburgh, Pa.) (18 assists) combined fro 38 set assists. Kelsey Kohler (Johnstown, Pa.) tallied a match-high 23 digs, and Katie Svetahor (Latrobe, Pa.) had 11 digs.
     Davis & Elkins, now 5-21 on the year, will take on fourth-seeded Fairmont State (WV) University in the WVIAC Quarterfinals on Thursday at 11:30 a.m. at the University of Charleston (WV).
Last Reviewed: December 5, 2007