GAME18: Saint Peter's (0-19, 0-9) vs. Manhattan (0-19, 0-7)
WHEN: Saturday, October 14, 1pm
WHERE: Riverdale, NY - Draddy Gymnasium
Saint Peter's women's volleyball will play in New York City this weekend at Manhattan and Iona.
All-Time vs. Manhattan
The Peacocks are 12-33 all-time against Manhattan. The Jaspers won the two-game series last year against the Peacocks, earning sweeps in both matches. The last time Saint Peter's defeated Manhattan was in 2009 on September 20, winning 3-2.
Word on the Jaspers
Manhattan will enter Saturday's matchup with an overall record of 0-19 and conference record of 0-7. Last time out, Manhattan fell to Canisius, 3-1 on October 8. Leading Manhattan is Sondra Lozanova with 119 kills, Alyssa Rehrer leads defensively with a total of 290 digs, and Erin Hoener leads with 49 blocks and 154.5 points.
All-Time vs. Iona
The Peacocks are 19-26 all-time against Iona. The Gaels won the two-game series last year against the Peacocks. The last time Saint Peter's defeated the Gaels was in 2015 on October 10, winning 3-2.
Word on the Gaels
This is the second time that the Peacocks will face the Iona Gaels this season. Iona will enter Saturday's matchup with an overall record of 8-13 and conference record of 6-3.
The Gaels has a previous conference win over Niagara and a sweep loss against the Canisius Golden Griffins.
Last Time We Met
The Peacocks dropped the match to the Gaels, 3-0 on September 20 in the Yanitelli Center. Kali Viles led the Peacocks as she totaled nine points with six kills and four blocks. Sharp followed with six kills with a .286 hitting percentage, while Lopez added six kills and the team's high of nine digs. Carolina Ruiz led the team with 14 assists and eight digs and Yaidelis Lopez-Jimenez added five assists and eight digs.
Leaders for the Gaels were Claire Archibald with 14 kills. Tess Connolly followed with 11 kills and Jamie Smith added 14 assists and the team's high of 14 digs.
Last Time Out
The Peacocks suffered an upset loss, 3-2 against Siena on October 8. Junior, Kali Viles led the team with 16 kills. Kenyale McGinnis followed Viles with 10 kills, Alexus Sharp and Danielle Lopez added eight kills each while Natalia Carbonell added six kills. Carolina Ruiz led the Peacocks with 30 assists and Imani Spicer added 14 assists. Defensively, Yaidelis Lopez led with14 digs and Karla Seda added 13 digs.
Leading the Squad
Alexus Sharp leads the Peacocks with 111 kills and a total of 37 blocks and 140.5 points. Kali Viles follows with 92 kills, 61 digs and 113 points. Carolina Ruiz leads with adds 140 assists and Karla Seda leads defensively with a team-high of 160 digs while Yaidelis Lopez-Jimenez adds 130 digs.
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.