WASHINGTON, Pa. – For a second-straight year,...
2013 Volleyball Season Preview
The Washington & Jefferson College volleyball team underwent a leadership change a season ago under the direction of Head Coach Brooke Turner. Turner is back for her second year in 2013 and will look to guide W&J back to a Presidents’ Athletic Conference Tournament berth for the first time since 2010.
Last season, the Presidents improved to a 10-16 overall record and 4-14 mark in conference action, finishing two spots out of qualifying for the postseason tournament.
Turner is excited about the talent the coaching staff brought in with a large recruiting class of 10 newcomers. The freshmen will get a chance to prove they are ready to play during the preseason as Turner noted that all starting positions are open for competition.
Turner will welcome back a majority of the 2012 squad, including all-conference honorable mention Nicole Bishwaty. The sophomore right-side hitter ranked third on the team with 193 kills during her freshman campaign and finished in the top-10 in the conference in service aces. Bishwaty displayed a strong defensive presence on the court as well, ranking second on the team with 212 digs.
A pair of veteran outside hitters, Tori Clark and Samantha Chorney, return for their senior seasons having both eclipsed the 200-kill plateau the previous year. Clark ranked fifth in the PAC averaging 2.94 kills per set.
Senior Megan Lewandowski and juniors Lindsey Bennett and Darby McMullen return at the middle hitter position. Bennett, one of the squad’s most experienced players, led the team in total blocks (84) a season ago and ranked fourth in kills (159).
Defensive specialist duties will be shared by senior Maura Lyle and sophomore Courtney Grdina, as both saw action in over 20 matches last season. Turner is perhaps provided with the most depth at this position as senior Eva Irwin, sophomore Nicole Lapinsky and junior Sarah Stedina could also see time.
The team’s primary setter could once again be filled by Megan Stoehr. The junior finished fifth in the conference by averaging 7.35 assists per set. Competing with Stoehr will be sophomore Christine Plavchak.
W&J opens the regular season on the road at the two-day La Roche Tournament Sept. 6-7. Geneva comes to town to kick off the home and conference portion of the fall schedule Sept. 10.