Lady Rams Honored at AAC Tournament

November 16, 2009 | RSS

Bluefield, VA-- November means tournament time; the Lady Rams played three games this year for the Appalachian Athletic Conference (AAC) tournament while Five Lady Rams were honored with regular season AAC awards and honors.


Bluefield played Tennessee Wesleyan College on November 10, beating them 3-1 (16-25, 25-20, 25-19, 25-16) with Takashi Franklin having 8 kills and 2 blocks and Felicia Marmo with 16 digs.


Bluefield then proceeded to play Union College and lost 3-0 (16-25, 12-25, 22-25) with Yeda Duarte tallying 11 digs and Franklin adding in 4 kills and 3 blocks for the team to advance to a playoff for second place teams.


Milligan then defeated Bluefield for a spot in the semi- finals with a one game tie breaker that had a 25-21 score.


During a break in tournament action the AAC honored student athletes with regular season awards. These young ladies showed dedication both on the court and in the classroom. Three of the Lady Rams made All- Academic Team for the AAC; Yeda Duarte, Ashley Strickland, and Alyssa Weddle.


Duarte is a sophomore sports medicine major who plays defensive specialist for the team. Duarte who is from Brazil has 352 digs which is the 2nd highest on the team. “Duarte has been a great leader this season by setting an example both in the classroom and the court,” said Coach Jaime Bowman.


Strickland a sophomore exercise science major from Carroll County, VA is an outside hitter and defensive specialist for the Rams. Strickland has 58 kills for the team.


Weddle is a junior biology major from Carroll County, VA is an outside hitter for the team. Weddle has 181 kills which is the 2nd highest on the team. Weddle has also been named as a Scholar Athlete by the NAIA.


The AAC also named Felicia Marmo from Manahawkin, NJ to First Team All Conference. This marks the first time in over a decade that anyone from the Bluefield College Volleyball program has been recognized. Marmo set a Bluefield College record surpassing the 2,500 mark in digs with 560 digs this season. Marmo who has led the team in digs all four seasons has also been recognized as All AAC Libero of the Week by leading the conference the last two seasons in digs.


The AAC also honored Cheznee Daily who was voted 7th on the All-Freshman Team. The conference honors the top 6 freshman in the conference. Daily from Mooresville, NC leads the Rams with 957 total assists for the team.


The team will be traveling November 19 to participate in the NCCAA tournament, this marks the first time that Bluefield College will attend.


“Needless to say we are excited, we hope to do well and finish the season with a good feeling about next year,” said Jaime Bowman, head women’s volleyball coach.


The volleyball team loses two seniors, Felicia Marmo and LeAndra Sabatino, Coach Bowman is looking forward to next season with excitement as they bring in good kids that will fit into the program added to the returning members of the team.


“I am very proud of these young ladies and all they have accomplished this season. These young ladies are determined to make a difference here at Bluefield, and are a blessing to be around.”