Emma Ogden, Quinnipiac, Fr., Setter, 5-10, Crown Point, Ind./Crown Point
One of the Bobcat’s most-vital contributors throughout the 2013 season has been the play of their freshman setter, Emma Ogden. Her performance in the Bobcats’ weekend four game slate was consistent with her effort throughout the season as she put up 103 assists, 32 digs, five service aces and three kills at the Lehigh/Lafayette Crosstown Tournament. She started the weekend out strong with 37 assists, seven digs and three service aces against St. Francis Brooklyn to help lift the Bobcats to their first win of the 2013 season. The four set assist total was a season-high for Ogden while the three aces were a season-high while her ball movement helped account for the team’s season-high hitting percentage of .141. Her breakout performance came in the tourney finale for Quinnipiac as she went for 29 assists, 14 digs and two service aces in the Bobcat victory over Morgan St. It was her second double double of the season and the first time the Bobcats won two out of four games since the 2010 season.
Yamashiro was named to the All-Tournament Team at last weekend’s Big Green Invitational. She averaged 5.79 digs per set in matches against Providence, Dartmouth, Grand Canyon and Central Connecticut State. Yamashiro tallied a career-high 32 digs and added seven assists in the Jaspers’ 3-1 loss to Dartmouth on Friday night, then had 24 digs against Grand Canyon on Saturday. She concluded the tournament with a 14-dig effort against Central Connecticut State. Yamashiro also registered three service aces in the four-set defeat.
Howell played sensational volleyball against three of the top programs in the country. She averaged 6.3 assists, 2.1 digs and .4 blocks per set while hitting .500 from her setter post in the Texas A&M Invitational. Howell had 22 assists, six digs and killed three of her five attacks in a 3-0 loss to the host Aggies. Against #16 Florida State, Howell had 17 assists an ace and five digs. She rounded out the weekend by killing both her attacks and dishing out 18 assists against No. 7 Michigan. Howell and the Saints lost all three matches in straight sets, but hung tough, nearly stealing a set against Texas A&M (25-23) and reaching at least 17 points twice against both Florida State and Michigan.