The Central Connecticut State University volleyball team was
picked third in the 2010 Northeast Conference Preseason Coaches
Poll released on Monday. The Blue Devils finished in a tie for
second place during the regular season in 2009. They have not
finished lower than third in the NEC since 2003. Defending
champion Long Island was picked first followed by Sacred Heart.
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Head coach Linda Sagnelli and the Blue Devils (18-15, 12-4 NEC last season) seek their first league title in 2010. The Blue Devils, who have reached the NEC Tournament in each of the last seven seasons, do bring back three NEC all stars from last year's team. Reigning NEC Libero of the Year and second team All-Conference honoree Kaitlin Petrella returns for her senior season. She ended 2009 ranked third in the league with 4.33 digs per game and established a new CCSU career record with 1,493 digs over her first three years.
Standout setter Amanda Bayer will pilot the offense again after leading the way for the Blue Devils with 991 assists and 44 service aces a year ago. The senior finished fourth in the league in assists per game (8.54) and third in aces per game (0.38) to earn an All-Conference second-team nod. Joining the senior duo on the court is 2009 NEC Rookie of the Year Emily Cochran. In her freshman campaign the outside hitter/defensive specialist tallied 2.50 kills and 2.75 digs per game, to rank second and third, respectively, on the Blue Devils.
The Blue Devils open the 2010 volleyball season on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 3-4, with a trip to Buffalo where they will play in a tournament with Delaware State, Buffalo and the Naval Academy. They will also play in tournaments at Columbia and Brown to open the 2010 campaign.
FULL 2010 VOLLEYBALL SCHEDULE
November 14, 2010 Volleyball Clinches NEC Tournament Berth With Four Set Win at Quinnipiac
November 13, 2010 Volleyball Tops Long Island 3-2 on Senior Day on Saturday
November 10, 2010 Volleyball Falls to Sacred Heart in Five Sets
November 6, 2010 Volleyball Defeats Fairleigh Dickinson 3-2
November 5, 2010 Volleyball Falls to St. Francis (NY)
October 31, 2010 Blue Devil Volleyball Drops St. Francis in Five Sets
October 30, 2010 Volleyball Falls to Robert Morris in Five Sets
October 27, 2010 Women's Volleyball Wins Second Straight, 3-1, on the Road at Bryant
October 23, 2010 Volleyball Downs Quinnipiac 3-0
October 16, 2010 Volleyball Drops 3-0 Decision at Long Island on Saturday Afternoon
October 6, 2010 2010 CCSU Volleyball Media Guide
October 3, 2010 Robert Morris Hands Volleyball 3-1 Loss on Sunday in Pittsburgh
September 26, 2010 Volleyball Falls to Fairleigh Dickinson 3-1
September 25, 2010 Volleyball Defeats Bryant in Three Sets
September 22, 2010 Volleyball Drops Three Set Match on the Road at Holy Cross
September 18, 2010 Volleyball Drops a Pair vs. Rhode Island and Brown at Brown Invitational
September 17, 2010 Volleyball Drops Match Against Boston College on Friday at Brown
September 15, 2010 Blue Devils Drop 3-1 Decision at Hartford on Wednesday Night in Volleyball
September 11, 2010 Volleyball Splits on Final Day at Columbia Tournament
September 10, 2010 Volleyball Drops Match to Iona at Columbia Tournament
September 4, 2010 Volleyball Drops Finale at Buffalo Tournament to Host Bulls, 3-0
September 3, 2010 Volleyball Opens Season With a Split on Friday at Buffalo Tournament