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College Notebook: Former county standouts leaving mark with Messiah volleyball

Messiah senior Jane Underman, a Carroll Christian graduate, recently received All-America honors from the American Volleyball Coaches Association. Underman is also the MAC Commonwealth Player of the Year for the second season in a row.

Messiah's volleyball team missed out on a berth in the NCAA tournament this season after falling to Stevenson in five sets in the MAC Commonwealth tournament final.

But the Falcons and their Carroll-heavy squad received plenty of accolades for another strong season up in Mechanicsburg, Pa.


Seniors Brooke Gallagher and Jane Underman were recently honored as All-Americans by the American Volleyball Coaches Association.

Underman, a Carroll Christian graduate, is a three-time All-America pick, while Gallagher, a Francis Scott Key grad, is a two-time recipient.


Gallagher and Underman were also named to the AVCA All-Region Team, earning first-team honors.

Messiah (26-8, 7-1 in the conference) reached the Commonwealth finals for the ninth consecutive year, but lost for a ninth straight time. The Falcons posted their sixth 20-win season in the process.

Underman earned MAC Commonwealth Player of the Year for the second straight season finishing with 383 kills (3.51 per set), and a .226 attack percentage.

She also recorded 178 digs and finished with 39 blocks.

Underman broke the all-time record for career kills, finishing with 1,544 over her four-year career. She is first in single season kills per set when she set a 4.51 mark in 2015 and is first all-time for career kills per set with 3.78. For single season kills she is ranked second all-time when she recorded 451 kills in 2015.

Meanwhile, Gallagher dished out 1,098 assists and boasted a 10.17 assist per set average. She had a team-high 50 service aces and also recorded 251 digs.

Like Underman, Gallagher is departing with her name in the record books. She's first all-time for assist per set average with 10.98, and third for single-season assists with 1,175, both career best marks she set in 2015.

Gallagher is also third all-time for career assists with 3,466.


Messiah's roster also includes more former local standouts in sophomore hitter Braedyn Gallagher and senior hitter Taylor Hook from Francis Scott Key, and senior hitter Kristen Douglas and freshman hitter Mary Underman from Carroll Christian.

Hook posted 175 kills (2.25 per set) this season while Douglas totaled 276 (2.87). Underman added 233 kills (2.06) and Gallagher had 135 (2.25). Douglas also collected 176 digs (1.64 per set).

Mustangs ride in NCAA tourney

Stevenson's volleyball team finished at 26-8 after losing to Randolph-Macon in the Division III NCAA tournament. The Mustangs featured senior setter Sara Bollinger (Winters Mill), freshman hitter Victoria Prokic (Century), and junior hitter Lauren Weaver (South Carroll).

Weaver had 246 kills (2.06 per set) and Prokic added 205 (1.78) for Stevenson, while Bollinger amassed 661 assists (5.29) and 226 digs (1.81).

Stevenson captured its fifth consecutive MAC Commonwealth tournament title this season. Bollinger earned second-team all-conference honors and Prokic received honorable mention.


Myers helps Eagles reach NCAA tourney

Eastern University's men's soccer team (15-4-3) made it to the DIII NCAA tournament second round this fall, led by sophomore defender Jacob Myers (Winters Mill). Myers finished the season with four goals and two assists for Eastern, which won the MAC Freedom tourney title Nov. 5.

Two weeks earlier, Myers earned DIII Player of the Week honors from the National Soccer Coaches Association of America and MAC Freedom Defensive Player of the Week.

Myers was the MAC Freedom Championship Most Outstanding Player in his first year.

Sister act a big hockey hit

Rosalia and Victoria Cappadora, both Manchester Valley grads, had successful field hockey seasons this fall at the college level.


Victoria Cappadora, a junior midfielder, had six goals and one assist for the Hornets this fall. She made 11 starts and led the team in goals.

Rosalia Cappadora, a freshman midfielder, was part of a Shippensburg team that won the Division II NCAA championship Sunday. The Raiders (20-3) beat LIU Post 2-1 in the final. Cappadora, the Times Player of the Year in 2015, saw time in 11 games and tallied an assist.

This Jacket is a good fit

Freshman midfielder Justin Buberl (Westminster) made his name known with Waynesburg University's men's soccer team this fall. Buberl earned all-Presidents' Athletic Conference honorable mention honors.

Buberl led the Yellow Jackets this year with seven points on a goal and five assists. He picked up three points in a 3-1 victory over Pitt-Greensburg and two points in a win over Thiel.

A Sea Gull says goodbye to Salisbury


Senior midfielder Jenny Gavigan (Westminster) finisher her women's soccer career at Salisbury earlier this fall, and received second-team all-Capital Athletic Conference honors for her efforts.

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Gavigan made 16 starts for the Sea Gulls and collected three goals and two assists. She scored two goals in a win over PSU-Harrisburg on Oct. 8.

The selection marks Gavigan's third All-CAC honor after being named to the first team in 2014 and the second team in 2013.

Back to the 'Burgh for Prince

Caitlin Prince (Liberty), who starred on Duquesne's women's lacrosse team for four years, is returning to her alma mater. In September, the Dukes made Prince an assistant coach for the women's team.

Prince graduated from Duquesne in 2014 and worked at Robert Morris as a recruiting coordinator and assistant coach for two seasons before re-joining the Dukes. She totaled 162 career goals, third most in program history, and was twice an all-Atlantic 10 Conference pick.