Seniors ready to lead way at W. Maryland


Anticipation and a certain sense of urgency arrived with the four seniors and spread throughout the rest of the Western Maryland volleyball team at this year's camp.

Previous success and the realization that this is the last go-around for those seniors have expectations high.

And why not. All four returning seniors were starters on last year's 27-11 team and second-year coach Carole Molloy said a talented lot of newcomers has given early indication that they are up to the task.

"Everyone looks ready to step up and go for it this year," Molloy said. "The seniors came to preseason realizing this was their last year and are working hard. There's also a lot of new talent who haven't been shy. They're going to help push the experienced players."

Co-captains Denise Spangler and Krista Shaffer came into their own last year and Molloy is expecting even greater things this year.

Spangler, a 5-foot-10 middle hitter, was an All-Centennial Conference second-team selection last year and led the Green Terror in kills (304), solo blocks (18) and block assists (35).

"Her presence on the court really broke through last year and she's getting more and more confident," Molloy said.

In earning All-CC honorable-mention status last season, Shaffer (5-9) led the team in digs (414) and was second in kills (233) as an outside and middle hitter.

The two other returning starters are Tinek Ilyes and Anne Plunkett. Ilyes (5-9) had 217 digs last season and 27 service aces as a middle and outside hitter. Plunkett (5-5) is a defensive specialist and outside hitter who led the Green Terror last year in service aces (38) and was second on the team in digs (304). Senior hitters Jenny Keilholtz (5-8) and Jen Jensen (5-10) also are returning letter winners.

The Green Terror opened the season last Thursday with a strong showing at Susquehanna, taking three out of four games.

A concern going into the season was finding a replacement for graduated setter Laura Everhart, an All-CC first-teamer in 1993, but that appears to be answered by freshman Denise Dill.

Freshmen Ashley Welter (5-10 hitter) and Carrie Shadrick (5-4 setter/hitter) along with sophomore Sandi DeJager (5-9 hitter) are some of the new athletes Molloy expects to contribute.

After a third-place showing in the conference a year ago, the Green Terror (8-2 in conference play) will compete for the title this year. Defending conference champ Franklin & Marshall (10-0 in 1993) has three starters back, while second-place Gettysburg (9-1) has only one starter returning.


Sept. 13 at Swarthmore, 7

Sept. 17 at Mary Washington Invitational, 10:30

Sept. 21 at Johns Hopkins, 7:30

Sept. 24 Bryn Mawr/Ursinus, 11

Sept. 27 Franklin & Marshall, 7

Sept. 29 at Elizabethtown, 7

Oct. 4 at York w/Notre Dame, 6

Oct. 7 Juniata/ASICS Collegiate Invitational, TBA

Oct. 12 Gettysburg, 7

Oct. 14 North/South Inv., TBA

Oct. 15 North/South Inv., TBA

Oct. 18 at Haverford, 7

Oct. 20 at Gallaudet, 7

Oct. 22 at Dickinson w/Muhlenberg, 11

Oct. 25 Washington, 7

B6 Oct. 28-29 at Elizabethtown Halloween Classic, TBA

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