College Report: Volovski named MAAC Rookie of the Year
By Dan Chamness For Sun-Times Media December 19, 2012 6:18PM
Oswego High School graduate Sydney Volovski finished her freshman season at Manhattan College with 269 kills, 110 digs, 42 blocks and 26 assists. | Stockton Photo
Updated: January 21, 2013 3:59PM
Great athletes always tend to see greatness in others, while discounting their own contributions.
Sydney Volovski, an Oswego graduate and Manhattan College freshman, is no exception. Volovski was recently named as the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Rookie of the Year.
“I thought another woman (Niagara University’s Taylor Edmonds) would get the honor,” Volovski said. “She and I had comparable stats, but I thought she would get it. I was pleasantly surprised and very happy.”
Volovski found out after many other people already knew. The freshman was traveling on the subway when it was announced. Since she does not get a cell phone signal on the subway, the 6-foot outside hitter turned off her cell to save the battery.
“When I turned my phone back on, I had about 12 calls and 30 text messages,” Volovski said with a laugh.
Volovski, who becomes the first Manhattan player in 13 years to win the honor, was joined on the rookie team by six other players.
The Oswego resident, who played in 29 matches and started 25, finished the year with 269 kills. She had a .235 hitting percentage. She also had 110 digs, 42 blocks (five solos) and 26 assists.
In league action, her stats were even better. She finished conference play with a .246 hitting percentage. She had 203 kills, 66 digs, 28 blocks (two solos) and five assists. Manhattan went 15-15 overall and 10-8 in the MAAC.
“Sydney comes to practice, works extremely hard and gives 100 percent,” Manhattan coach Mark Jones said. “She was second on our team in points and played with no fear. Great player and an even greater person. We want her to be a six-rotation player next year. When you have a player like her, you want her on the court as much as possible.”
Wheaton College’s Jordan Roberts (Aurora Christian) was named to the NCAA Division III North All-Region Team. Roberts, a Yorkville resident, was named to the second team. The Thunder quarterback was also named to the College Conference of Illinois and Wisconsin’s first team. In the seven CCIW games, Roberts completed 150 of 212 passes for 1,962 yards. He not only led the CCIW in yards, but yards per game (280.3). He had a 175.9 passing efficiency rating, which was also league-high.
Cornell College’s Joey Guth (Aurora Central Catholic), a junior forward, has a team-best 106 points and 24 rebounds — averages of 15.1 points and 3.4 rebounds per game. Guth, who has played in all seven games and made six starts, is averaging 24.4 minutes per game. He also has seven assists, four steals and two blocked shots. He has nailed 42 of 78 field goals and 11 of 14 free throws. He has 11 treys as well.
Tyler Thompson (West Aurora) poured in 15 points as Quincy defeated University of Illinois-Springfield 78-75. Thompson, who drained 4 of 8 from the field and 6 of 7 from the free throw line, also had three assists and two steals. The starter, who played 33 minutes, had one trey.
Monmouth College’s Nick Marema (Oswego East), a freshman forward, is averaging 11.0 points and 5.7 rebounds per game. Besides his 66 points and 34 rebounds, he also has 12 assists, six steals and two blocked shots. He has scored his points by nailing 27 of 55 from the field and 6 of 9 from the charity stripe. Of his field goals, six have been from beyond the arc.
Fellow Monmouth player Raysean Parker (Metea Valley) has played in two games and averages 9.5 minutes per game. He has five points, six rebounds and three assists. Parker has one field goal and three free throws.
University of St. Francis junior Mark Peters (Marmion) and Lewis University senior David Bryant (Batavia) had a chance to face each other on the hardwood when Lewis defeated St. Francis 83-71. Peters, who started at forward and played 30 minutes, finished with 11 points. He hit 4 of 7 from the field and 3 of 4 from the charity stripe. Bryant, who started for the LU Flyers, finished with nine points, six assists, five rebounds and two steals.
The Bellermine University men’s basketball team stayed unbeaten at 6-0 by defeating West Virginia Tech (80-69) and Wheeling Jesuit University (92-67). Jelani Johnson (Waubonsie Valley), a senior guard, scored seven points in the win over West Virginia Tech. He also had five rebounds and five assists. In the win over WJU, Johnson had six points, five rebounds and three assists.
Wayne State College’s Hannah Thayer (Metea Valley) made 10 starts for the WSC women’s soccer team this year. She played in 17 games. The freshman defensive player did not have any stats. Wayne State finished 3-14-1 overall and 3-11-1 in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
Alexis Nelson (West Aurora), a New Mexico State University freshman, had three points in NMSU’s 66-44 loss to University of Texas-El Paso.
Maryville University freshman Zach Bavol (Metea Valley) recently finished his soccer season. The freshman midfielder/forward, who played in 14 games and started seven, had one goal and two assists for a total of four points. His lone goal was a game-winning score. Maryville University finished 3-15 overall and 3-12 in the Great Lakes Valley Conference.