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Mark Jones Named MAAC Coach of the Year

Courtesy: Manhattan Athletic Department
Release: 11/20/2010
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LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. - After leading the Manhattan College volleyball team to its first 20-win season in seven years, Head Coach Mark Jones was recognized by the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference's (MAAC) 10 head coaches as the 2010 Anaconda Sports MAAC Coach of the Year, it was announced on Saturday night at the conference's annual postseason awards banquet from Walt Disney World, site of this weekend's MAAC Championships.  Jones led the Lady Jaspers to a 20-14 overall mark, including a school-record 11 MAAC wins, in 2010.

After going 8-23 overall and 3-15 in MAAC play during the 2009 campaign, Jones's first at the helm, the Lady Jaspers were picked ninth in the MAAC Preseason Coaches' Poll.  However, Manhattan went 11-7 in conference play to finish in a third-place tie with Canisius.  The Lady Jaspers swept the season series with Siena for the first time in program history and snapped an 11-match losing streak against Fairfield this season.  Manhattan also put together a pair of six-match winning streaks, including six straight wins over MAAC opponents to end the regular season.  Manhattan also went 6-2 in five-set matches.  The Lady Jaspers posted their first winning record since the 2005 season and won 20 matches for the first time since 2003.

Also recognized by coaches was senior outside hitter Diane Strutner (San Jose, Calif.), who was selected to the All-MAAC Second Team.  The only player to rank among the top 10 in the MAAC in both kills and digs, Strutner led the Lady Jaspers in kills (461, 3.55 per set) and placed second on the team in digs (415, 3.19 per set).  With 17 kills in Manhattan's 3-0 win over Marist in the fifth-place match earlier on Saturday, Strutner became just the fourth player in program history with 1,000 career kills and 1,000 career digs.  She's the first Lady Jasper to earn All-MAAC recognition since Sherryta Stokes was picked for the first team in 2008.

In addition, Strutner was named to the MAAC All-Academic Team for the third straight year.  Also recognized for their success in the classroom were a quintet of sophomores-Julie Bies (Massapequa, N.Y.), Jamie Collareta (Islip Terrace, N.Y.), Maddie Heck (Corte Madera, Calif.), Kelsey Hutoon (Monroe, Mich.) and Alexa Lampasona (Remensburg, N.Y.).  To be eligible for the All-Academic Team, student-athletes must have completed at least two semesters at their institution and have a cumulative GPA of 3.20 or higher.

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