Reeder running the show for Big Red |

Reeder running the show for Big Red

Cornell sophomore volleyball player Jordan Reeder has become the Big Red’s No. 1 setter.

The former Whittell High School star had 36 assists, seven digs, three kills and two service aces in a 21-25, 23-25, 25-19, 26-24 and 15-8 come-from-behind win over Fairleigh Dickinson on Friday in the opening round of the Binghamton Invitational in Vestal, N.Y.

The win was the first under new Cornell coach Sarah Bernson.

Reeder opened her season last week with some impressive stat lines. She had 16 assists and a team-best nine digs in a three-game loss to Kent State in the Patriot Invitational. Also in the same tournament, Reeder contributed 33 assists, eight digs and three kills in a four-game loss to George Mason and 19 assists, five digs and two block assists in a three-game defeat to Morehead State.

Cornell (1-3) will play Towson and Binghamton on Saturday.

Robinson receives player of week honors

Manhattanville College senior women’s soccer player Cybil Robinson of South Lake Tahoe received the Freedom Conference’s first 2009 Player of the Week honor.

To earn the first Player of the Week award, Robinson scored two goals in a 3-0 rout of Ursinus and delivered a game-deciding assist in a 2-1 win over Brampton, Ontario.

Robinson now has 23 career goals, which is eighth on the all-time Manhattanville scoring list. The 18th assist of her career puts Robinson in the fifth all-time slot.

Manhattanville edged Farmingdale State, N.Y. 1-0 on Tuesday to raise its record to 3-0 for first time in the program’s history.

The Valiants will try to extend their winning streak with games Saturday and Sunday in the Valiant Classic.

Daly plays against Notre Dame

Zephyr Cove’s Hannah Daly, a freshman goalie for the University of North Carolina soccer team, helped her top-ranked Tar Heels open Notre Dame’s new soccer facility with a 6-0 shutout of the third-ranked Fighting Irish.

The Whittell High School grad played the final 19 minutes, 18 seconds in goal.

Several earlier scheduled games during the weekend tournament were moved to other fields so this marquee matchup between two college soccer powers could inaugurate the beautiful, new stadium.

The stands were packed, with more than 3,000 fans surrounding the playing field. Except for a handful of family and friends supporting the visiting teams in this tournament, the partisan crowd was all Notre Dame, and were expecting to see an upset.

“I’ve never played before so many people,” Daly said. “They were right behind my goal and trying to intimidate me.”

Daly, who graduated from Whittell a year early to play for the defending national champions, wasn’t shaken and finished off the shutout.

“They saw in the program (who) I was, and started chanting, ‘She’s a freshman,’ and singing Hannah Montana songs to try to rattle me,” Daly laughed. “With us shutting them out, I guess they wanted to try anything to help their team score.”

Assistant coach Chris Ducar is already impressed with one of the team’s youngest players.

“She’s going to be a star,” Ducar added. “She such a great kid and is fitting in so well.”

North Carolina completed the successful weekend with a 1-0 over Marquette to extend their season record to 4-0. The Tar Heels have outscored opponents 19-2 in this young season.

Daly, who has appeared in three games, is guaranteed additional playing time later in the season when senior goal keeper Ashlyn Harris participates for several games on the U.S. National team.

North Carolina plays host to Texas A&M on Saturday.

Woods’ Raiders win tourney title

Just like the Valiants’ soccer program, Jessica Woods and the Wright State University volleyball team is off to a fast start.

Wright State improved its season record to 5-1 by winning all three of its matches in claiming the Golden Grizzly Invitational last weekend in Rochester, Michigan.

Woods, who won four Nevada state volleyball titles while at Whittell High School, had nine kills and 10 digs in the Raiders’ 24-26, 25-21, 25-19, 20-25, 15-13 championship win over North Texas.

Earlier in the tournament, Wright State swept Oakland and Canisus. In the latter match, Woods had nine digs and four kills, and against Oakland she delivered seven kills and 11 digs.

Wright State will try to win its second straight tournament this weekend. Wright State plays host to the Raider Challenge. The Raiders were scheduled to play Evansville, St. Peter’s and Kent State.

Bettencourt has a 14-kill performance

After a slow start Jessica Bettencourt and the Seattle Pacific University volleyball team have found a winning rhythm.

The Falcons defeated Grand Canyon of Phoenix 25-16, 25-17, 25-18 on Friday in the Western Washington Invitational.

Former South Tahoe High star Jessica Bettencourt delivered six kills as the Falcons knocked Grand Canyon from the unbeaten ranks.

Bettencourt had eight kills and two blocks in a four-game win over Notre Dame de Namur on Thursday. That performance followed a season-best 14 kills and a .500 hitting percentage in a victory over Brigham Young-Hawaii on Sept. 4.

The Falcons’ winning streak will be severely tested on Saturday when they play seventh-rated West Texas A&M and British Columbia, which has won two straight Canadian titles.

– Paul Andrew contributed to this story.

Editor’s note: Not all former South Shore high school athletes playing fall college sports are included in this installment of “College Stars.”

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