Volleyball Season Preview
CHESTERTOWN, MD – With 10 players back in the fold and a group of five freshmen joining the team, the 2011 Washington College volleyball team will look to reach the Centennial Conference Tournament for the first time under third-year head coach Lacey Lister.
The Shorewomen have two returnees and two newcomers at outside hitter. Senior Alyssa Forget (River Vale, NJ/Pascack Valley) netted 201 kills and 84 digs in 2010 and averaged 2.12 kills per set. Along with Forget on the outside attack are sophomore Emily Hoyle (Santa Rita, Guam/Guam) and freshmen Lauren Bell (Center Valley, PA/Southern Lehigh) and Caroline Holt (Williamsport, MD/Williamsport).
The setter position is in strong hands with sophomore Lauren White (Huntingtown, MD/Huntingtown). White, who won the team's most valuable player award last year, had a very impressive freshman campaign where she had a team-high 734 assists (7.27 assists per set) and also recorded 276 digs, 48 service aces and 10 blocks. She had 11 double-doubles, including five in a seven match stretch and earned conference co-player of the week on October 12, 2010. Also in the fold at the setter position is sophomore Karine Sager (Shamong, NJ/Seneca).
The libero and defensive specialist position return juniors, libero/defensive specialist Kaitlin Rowan (Damascus, MD/Damascus) and defensive specialist Rita Rivera (Plymouth Meeting, PA/Plymouth-Whitemarsh). Rivera last season had a team-high 336 digs and added 42 service aces and 31 assists. Rowan had 189 digs and 24 aces a season ago. Seniors Emily Hudson (Sparks, MD/Hereford) and Megan Hudson (Sparks, MD/Hereford) also return for Washington in 2011, along with fellow senior Jen Potts (West Grove, PA/Avon Grove), who missed all of 2010 with an injury. Freshmen Kate Liccione (Severna Park, MD/Severna Park) and Cara Koontz (Howard County, MD/Marriotts Ridge) join the four returnees in the back row.
On the sidelines, Lister welcomes back third-year assistant coach Sabrina Larmer. The Shorewomen will begin the 2011 season against Bridgewater (VA) at Gettysburg's Battlefield Classic at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, September 2nd. Later that day at 7:00 p.m., Washington will take on Pitt-Bradford at the classic. The Shorewomen open their home slate on September 17th in a tri-match against Johns Hopkins at 11:00 a.m. and Scranton at 3:00 p.m. The match versus Johns Hopkins is also the Centennial opener. In addition to Bridgewater (VA), Pitt-Bradford and Scranton, the Shorewomen will play Mount Saint Vincent, Penn State-Mont Alto, Arcadia, Wesley (twice), Delaware Valley, Shenandoah, Mount Aloysius, Marymount, Stevenson, College of Notre Dame, Cedar Crest, Goucher, Hood, Bryn Athyn and Catholic in non-conference action. In conference play the Shorewomen will host Johns Hopkins, Swarthmore, Muhlenberg, Franklin & Marshall and Haverford, while traveling to Bryn Mawr, Gettysburg, Dickinson, Ursinus and McDaniel. WC will play 11 home matches, 10 away contests and eight at neutral sites in 2011.