CHESTERTOWN, MD – With six freshmen joining eight returnees, the 2010 Washington College volleyball team is hoping that this is the year that it challenges for its first-ever appearance in the Centennial Conference Tournament under second-year head coach Lacey Lister.
At the outside hitter positions, the Shorewomen return sophomore Jenny Lee (Wilmington, DE/Mount Pleasant) and junior Alyssa Forget (River Vale, NJ/Pascack Valley). Lee led the squad in 2009 with 204 kills and 38 blocks, and also added 183 digs and 43 service aces. Forget tallied 185 kills, 137 digs, 24 aces and 12 blocks. Also in the fold at outside hitter are junior Emily Hudson (Sparks, MD/Hereford) and freshman Emily Hoyle (Santa Rita, Guam/Guam).
Senior Maria Whitman (Galesville, MD/Southern) returns at middle hitter and has been a key cog at the position since day one as she has played in all 80 career matches. She totaled 77 kills and 33 aces in 2009 and racked up a career-high in digs with 30. Joining Whitman at the middle hitter spot are freshman Julia Erbe (Baltimore, MD/Pikesville), Kara Henson (Hagerstown, MD/Middletown) and Madeline Myers (Brant Beach, NJ/Southern Regional). Henson will also see some time at outsider hitter.
The setter position will have a new setter as Washington will have to replace Caitlin Ward and her school-leading 3,302 career assists. Looking to become the new setter for WC will be either freshman Karine Sager (Shamong, NJ/Seneca) or classmate Lauren White (Huntingtown, MD/Huntingtown).
The libero and defensive specialist position returns four players from a season ago. Leading the way is senior defensive specialist/libero Traci Daelemans (Tracys Landing, MD/Southern). The 2009 Most Improved Player had 202 digs a year ago and added 33 aces. Sophomore libero/defensive specialist Kaitlin Rowan (Damascus, MD/Damascus) had a team-leading 299 digs and served up 40 aces. Sophomore Rita Rivera (Plymouth Meeting, PA/Plymouth-Whitemarsh) added 103 digs and 14 aces. Junior Megan Hudson (Sparks, MD/Hereford) completes the foursome in the back row.
On the sidelines, Lister welcomes back second-year assistant coach Sabrina Larmer. The Shorewomen will commence the 2010 season, their 35th year as a varsity program, against Eastern Shore rival Salisbury at Gettysburg's Battlefield Classic at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, September 3rd. Later that day at 7:00 p.m., Washington will take on Messiah at the classic. Four days later at 7:30 p.m., Washington opens its home and conference slate with Franklin & Marshall. The Shorewomen will host their annual Penny Fall Classic on September 25th against Kean and Widener. In addition to Kean, Widener, Messiah and Salisbury, the Shorewomen will play Scranton (twice), Lincoln, Stevenson, Catholic, Shenandoah, Arcadia, Delaware Valley, Penn State-Berks, Wesley (twice), Bryn Athyn, Gwynedd-Mercy, Frostburg State, Marymount, and Lancaster Bible in non-conference action. WC will play seven home matches, 11 away contests and 12 at neutral sites in 2010.