Former Sweet Home volleyball star Maria Guerreri earned second-team All-America honors this year for the University of New Mexico.
Guerreri, a senior outside hitter, led New Mexico to a 22-7 record, the Western Athletic Conference title and a berth in the NCAA women's volleyball tournament. The Lobos were eliminated in the second round by the nation's No. 1 team, UCLA.
Guerreri, one of the stars of the Sweet Home team that set the national all-sports win-streak record, has been called a "side-out machine" by Volleyball Monthly magazine.
A three-time all-conference pick, she averaged an amazing 16.3 kills a match, a school record. She finished her career with a slew of other school marks, including career kills (1,473), career attempts (3,426), career digs (1,048) and season attempts (1,117).
Also on the New Mexico team were freshman Laurel Luman (Lew-Port), a reserve, and junior Lisa Frost (Lake Shore), who started half the season at outside hitter.
Several other Western New Yorkers made it to the NCAA Tournament.
Sweet Home products Ann Shaughnessy and Jennifer Gross played for San Jose State (21-8), which made its eighth-straight NCAA trip. Shaughnessy started at setter and made the Big West all-freshman team. Gross, also a freshman, saw significant time as a reserve middle hitter.
O'Hara graduate Kristen Bauer was a reserve for Ohio State (23-8), which lost in the first round.
Elsewhere in women's volleyball, Sweet Home graduate Lenore Davis had s 2nd-team All-America at New Mexico
a fine freshman season at Georgia. The 5-foot-4 outside hitter started all year and was the fourth-leading hitter on the squad. Sophomore Kate Cooley (City Honors) and freshman Lisa Scinta (Sweet Home) were reserves on the Penn team that won the Ivy League. Penn is coached by Attica native Margaret Feeney, a St. Bonaventure graduate.
UB teams ranked in top 10 in nation
The University at Buffalo men's swim team is ranked No. 7 in the nation in Division II. The UB women's swimmers are ranked No. 8 in Division II. UB's wrestling team is No. 17.
UB's Ricky Coleman was named Mideast Collegiate Conference basketball player of the week for last week. He's averaging 19.4 points per game and shooting 61.2 percent from the field.
The Bulls play host to Kutztown State at 8 tonight at Alumni Arena.
Lady Griffs set to meet Niagara next
The Canisius women's basketball team takes its impressive 6-2 record to Niagara Sunday for a 2 p.m. game at the Taps Gallagher Center. Sophomore Anne Brocker, who had 18 points in Canisius' win over St. Bona Tuesday, leads Canisius in scoring with 14.9 points per game, which places her fifth in the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference. Point guard Jennifer McHugh is averaging 14.4 points per game for Canisius.
Around & About
Brian McGill (Cheektowaga), a junior at the Air Force Academy, is off to a strong start in the wrestling season. He has two third-place finishes and one fourth-place finish in major tournaments and stands 19-6 at 158 pounds.
Jim Dunlop Jr., a Grand Island graduate and junior at the University of Rochester, has qualified for the NCAA Division III indoor track meet in the 5,000 meters with a time of 14:39.6. Dunlop placed third at the NCAA cross country meet to earn All-America honors last month.
Canisius hockey player Pete Speranza reached the 100-point mark for his career when he scored in overtime to give the Griffs a 4-3 win over Villanova this week. The senior left wing is the 18th Griff to reach 100.
Thom Lehman, a 1965 Amherst High graduate, will be inducted into the University of Miami (Fla.) athletic hall of fame in February. He was a baseball star at Miami and starred in basketball and baseball for Bob Hettler at Amherst. . . . Kris LaPaglia (Williamsville South), who led Cortland State's field hockey team to the Division III Final Four in her senior year in 1989, was one of 15 Division II and III players named to the NCAA All-Decade Field Hockey Team.