Women's Volleyball Opens the 2017 Season in Two Pennsylvania Tournaments

Women's Volleyball Opens the 2017 Season in Two Pennsylvania Tournaments

GAME 1: Saint Peter's vs. Lehigh

WHEN: Friday, August 25, 1pm

WHERE: Bethlehem, PA - Stabler Arena


GAME 2: Saint Peter's vs.Lafayette

WHEN: Friday, August 25, 6pm

WHERE: Bethlehem, PA - Stabler Arena


GAME 3: Saint Peter's vs. NJIT

WHEN: Saturday, August 26, 12pm

WHERE: Lewisburg, PA - Sojka Pavilion


GAME 4: Saint Peter's vs.Bucknell

WHEN: Sunday, August 27, 12pm

WHERE: Lewisburg, PA - Sojka Pavilion


Opening Word

Saint Peter's women's volleyball kicks of the 2017 season on Friday in the Crosstown Tournament on August 25. Saint Peter's has played in the Crosstown Tournament since 2008, winning six total tournament matches throughout the time frame. The team then heads to Bucknell to play in the Bucknell Invitational on August 26 and 27. Head coach, Amable Martinez, will lead the squad to challenge Lehigh at 1pm, followed by a match up with Lafayette at 6pm in the in the Stabler Arena.

All-Time vs. Lehigh

The Peacocks are 4-11 all-time versus the Mountain Hawks. The Mountain Hawks defeated Saint Peter's last season 3-0 in the Crosstown Tournament.

All-Time vs. Lafayette

The Peacocks and the Leopards are an even 9-9 all-time. The Leopards defeated the Peacocks last season in the same tournament and have a three game winning streak against Saint Peter's. The Peacocks last defeated the Leopards in 2014 in the the Crosstown Tournament, 3-1.

All-Time vs. NJIT

The Peacocks are 3-11 all-time versus the Highlanders. The Highlanders defeated Saint Peter's last season 3-1 in the first meet on September 13 and 3-0 on September 20. The last time the Peacocks defeated NJIT was in 2015 on October 8, winning 3-2.

All-Time vs. Bucknell

The Peacocks are 0-5 all time versus the Bucknell Bison. Last time the Peacocks met the Bison was in 2011 in the Central Connecticut Tournament when they fell 3-2.

Last Season

The team ended the 2016 season with 613 kills, with an overall hitting average of .087, 944 digs and a total of 853 points. The Peacocks graduated two seniors Amanda Colombo, and Meredith Przybocki.\


Welcome Back

Senior, Caitlin Williams,registered 45 kills, 28 assists, 96 digs, 21 blocks and 66 points in the previous season.

Junior, Kenyale McGinnis, was seen in 21 matches totaling 10 kills 87 digs in the previous season.

Sophomore, Danielle Goble, played 17 games adding 51 digs in her first season.

Sophomore, Carolina Ruiz, was seen in 23 games leading the team in assists and digs with a total of  82 assists, 183 digs in her rookie season.

Sophomore, Danielle Lopez,played all 25 games finishing her first season with 76 kills, 128 digs, 33 blocks and 109 points.

Sophomore, Alison Makinen, played 12 games added 42 assists, and 27 digs in her rookie season.


Joining the Flock

Junior, Alexus Sharp, attended Daytona State College in Florida from 2015-16 where she accumulated 95 total blocks and holds the school record for blocks per match and block assist.

Junior, Kali Viles, played the last two seasons at Bloomfield College where she finished with 147 kills and 45 blocks.

Freshman, Imani Spicer, she played varsity for two-years and compiled 501 assists and 291 digs over the course of the two seasons.

Freshman, Natalia Carbonell Torres, in 2016 led the team with 368 blocks and helped lead her team to nationals in Indianapolis.

Freshman, Yaidelis Lopez-Jimenez, was was an important figure to reach seven championships during her senior year where she obtained MVP in one tournament.

Freshman, Karla Seda, helped her team win five consecutive school tournaments and she won two MVP awards.

Freshman, Wildalys Soto, was setter in High School where she participated in many tournaments and obtained multiple championships during her career.


Meet the Coach

Amable Martinez is in his first season with Saint Peter's. He served as the men's volleyball assistant coach at Stevens Institute of Technology during the spring of 2017. There, he helped guide the No. 3 nationally ranked Ducks into the Division III NCAA tournament national semifinal round before falling to the eventual national champions, Springfield College. Under the assistance of Martinez, the team finished the season with a 31-6 record. Prior to his stint at Stevens Institute of Technology, Martinez served as the head coach of the Bloomfield College women's volleyball team for six seasons. At Bloomfield, he composed a win total of 69 matches, including 20 or more wins in his final two seasons, and a .500 or better record in his final three seasons. In 2015, Martinez led the program to a 24-6 overall record, which was the most wins in program history since joining the NCAA Division II level, and led the Bears to a CACC regular season championship with a 15-4 conference mark, guiding the team to an appearance in the CACC Tournament finals. In the fall of 2016, he recorded his second consecutive 20-win season, as Bloomfield finished the season with 21 wins and its third straight trip to the postseason. From 2005-2011, Martinez was the head girl's volleyball coach at Science Park High School in Newark, NJ. He became a decorated coach at the high school level, raising the program to unprecedented heights during his tenure as he led the school to back-to-back CHC championships in 2007 and 2008. Martinez was also a winner of three-straight Essex County Girls Volleyball Coach of the Year awards from 2007-2009 and he was a two-time Colonial Hills Conference Coach of the Year.


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