The volleyball squad enjoyed a successful season this year that started with winning our own Greyhound Premiere Invitational and ended by receiving a bid to the ECAC Division III championship tournament. The team earned a victory in the first round and then lost in quarterfinals to Swarthmore, the eventual ECAC champion.
Our Hound team enjoyed celebrating birthdays throughout the year, having theme days for practice, and earning white board points for prizes out of the famous golden bag! There was notable improvement throughout the year and we were one match short of our 20-win season goal. The players are very motivated to achieve that goal next year and are working hard with the strength and conditioning coaches three days a week now during the off season.
The spring season will begin in March with practices three times a week followed by an alumni game (April 9), and a scrimmage (TBA). We will use this time to refine different skills and continue to work on creating a united team culture.
Our 2017 campaign will include a trip to San Antonio, Texas and surrounding areas over fall break. We run fundraisers throughout the year and rely on faithful donors as well to support these types of trips every 3-4 years.
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2014 Season Review - January 27, 2015
Hound Volleyball Christmas party, complete with Santa and one of his reindeer and elves (Coach John, Coach Shelley, Coach Deb).
Our 2014 volleyball team worked hard this year and was able to improve upon last year's record and once again qualified for the Landmark playoffs for the 8th year in a row.
Juniors defensive specialist Andrea Giardina, outside hitter Lauren Hostetler and setter Megan Szkolnicki were all named to the Fall Academic Honor Roll for the second straight time. Junior middle blocker Victoria Bobyak and sophomore right side hitter Jaclyn Smith were also named to the Honor Roll.
Sophomore middle blocker Taylor Kornmann earned a spot on the Landmark All-Conference Women's Volleyball Second Team for a second straight season.
Kornmann played in all 34 matches this fall and earned a spot on the All-Tournament Team at the 12th Annual Greyhound Premiere to begin the season, and she also garnered Landmark Player of the Week accolades October 13th.
Several members of the team engaged with local Special Olympic volleyball players and are looking forward to increasing their involvement next fall. The sophomores had the opportunity to attend a Leadership Seminar which focused on Step Up- Bystander Intervention training.
The team currently is working out with our strength and conditioning coach Zach Houghton three times a week and will start spring practice in March.
The 2015 schedule will remain challenging with several teams on the schedule who received regional and national rankings. The Hounds are also looking forward to traveling to Endicott College near Boston to participate in a tournament over fall break.
2013 Season Review - December 12, 2013
While our record wasn’t as successful as other years, we established many fun memories this past season!
We were able to travel to Minnesota and play against three schools, one of which was my Alma Mater, Bethel University (where my daughter Kaysie is a freshman). It was a great time, but certainly a strange feeling coaching in the same gym against the same team I played for (30 years ago).
We took in several sights during our down time, including the Mall of America, the Sculpture Garden, and walking the skyways of downtown Minneapolis.
Coach John Yanek turned 50 this year so the team had fun helping him celebrate!
Several alumni, their spouses, children and even many of their parents came back to surprise me on our last home game of the season. It was very exciting to see them all and I’m proud that they view themselves as Forever Hounds!
We are thankful for our three seniors Kat, Kel and Brit. We will miss them dearly next year and appreciated everything they did for our program.
I’ll finish off this recap with important accolades garnered by our players this year:
Senior setter Kelly Brown topped off her stellar career by finishing second in sets played for career, second in assists per season, third for assists in career, and 4th all time for digs.
Senior middle blocker Brittany O’Hara finished her career as 5th all-time in blocks.
Sophomore libero Andrea Giardina was named to the Landmark All-Sportsmanship Team.
Freshman middle blocker Taylor Kornmann was selected as the Corvias ECAC Division III South Women's Volleyball Player of the Week and Taylor was also named to the Landmark All-Conference Second Team.
Looking at 2012 - November 20, 2012
This 2012 season was one of the best ever!
A school record 29 wins.
Winning the 10th Annual Greyhound Premiere Tournament.
Getting ranked in the NCAA Mid Atlantic Region (6th). Eight teams are ranked weekly and there are 74 teams in the region.
Competed in the Landmark Conference semi’s and qualified as the #2 seed in the ECAC South Championships. We beat Swarthmore in the semifinals and then lost to host Bethany (in West Virginia) in the finals.
Individual Honors included freshman middle hitter Victoria Bobyak receiving the Landmark Conference Rookie of the Year honors and second team All Conference, junior setter Kelly Brown was second team All Conference, senior libero Jess Krasley was Conference Specialist of the year and First Team All Conference, and senior right side hitter Sam Savite was named Second Team All Conference as well. Both Jesse and Sam were also named to the 2012 Mid Atlantic All Region team, and as 2012 American Volleyball Coaches Association Division III Honorable Mention All-Americans for the second straight year.
Sam had her 1,000th kill this season, Kelly her 2,000th assist and Jess her 2,000th dig. Jess also broke every school dig record in existence!
Sam Savite, Brittany O’Hara and Taylor Jennings were all named to the Landmark Conference Academic Fall Honor Roll.
I (Shelley) earned my 400th win in September.
But what really made this year special was our 13 players showing so much love and respect to each other and the coaching staff, they were so fun and funny, and not a day went by where we didn’t work hard and have a great laugh at the same time! Lastly, none of this would have been possible without two of the best assistant coaches ever: Deb Schlosser and John Yanek!
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The 2011 Hound volleyball team had a great year! We went 8-0 to start the season which was the best start in school history. We won the 9th Annual Greyhound Premiere Tournament and the Muhlenberg Buttermaker tournament the following weekend. The team worked hard throughout the year competing against several regionally ranked and nationally ranked teams. We made it to the conference playoffs (the past 14 out of 15 years), and then to the second round of ECACs as well as finishing the season at 23-13 (22-12 last year). This was our sixth ECAC Tournament appearance in the last 11 years. Kelly Brown, Jesse Krasley and Sam Savite were named to the Landmark All-Conference team and Krasley and Savite were both named to the All Region team too. We received the American Volleyball Coaches Association Team Academic Award (minimum team GPA 3.3) last season and are hoping to earn it this year as well.
We still were a rather young team with half of the starters underclassmen, so while I will miss our two seniors, Ashley Schmidt and Katie Moquete, I'm looking forward to another successful campaign in 2012. I have planned a challenging schedule for next year, we will be playing two of the 2011 Division III Final Four teams, aside from our normal competitive schedule. We will also be traveling to Christopher Newport in Virginia at the end of the season for some outstanding competition and as a last team trip for the seniors.
Currently the team has been working out with Spencer Brown, our new strength and conditioning coach, for the past month and has benefitted greatly from his workouts. We are in our third week of spring season practice, and we will be playing our alumni on March 31 and then for the first time ever we are going to play in a spring tournament at Lehigh on April 15, facing all Division 1 teams.
In closing, there remains one thing left to say... "GO HOUNDS!!"
From time to time, Head Women's Volleyball Coach Shelley Bauder will give an update on the program.