The Glenville State College Women’s Volleyball team is looking to improve on a very strong finish in 2008, after finishing tied for 6th in the WVIAC. The team was picked to finish 12th out of the 16 teams in the WVIAC and greatly surpassed that ranking with just 8 on the roster.
The 2009 team returns two of three all-WVIAC players, with Camai Roberson being the only loss from last season. Roberson (Sr. – Middle Hitter) made the first team all-WVIAC, Erica Hale (Soph. – Setter) made the second team, and Lauren Saelens (Jr. – Opposite) made honorable mention. Camai Roberson also went on to make the Sports Information Directors’ all-Atlantic Region second team, and is planning to help with the team this fall as time allows.
Michigan products, Lauren Saelens (Sr. – Opposite) and Erica Hale (Jr. – Setter) return to captain the team this fall, and both look to improve on their all-WVIAC selections from last season. Also returning for the Lady Pioneers are Chelsea Tripp (Jr. – Middle Hitter) also from Michigan, and Karly Eskew (Sr. – DS / Outside Hitter) from Charleston, WV – Hoover HS.
Three junior college standouts join the Lady Pioneers for the 2009 season. A pair of New Yorkers and WNYAC standouts join the team in Ashley Dann (Jr. – Middle Hitter) enrolled in January and was a 1st team all-America middle hitter at Corning Community College in 2007, Jenni Jerome (Jr. – Outside Hitter) was a 1st team all-America outside hitter at Alfred State College in 2008, and Kansas standout Susan Shaw (Soph. – Libero) was a libero on the #2 team in the country at Johnson County Community College in Kansas. Dann and Jerome were back to back WNYAC players of the year.
The incoming freshman class should make an impact right away as well, with a few players competing for starting roles in 2009. Four Ohio girls, Jamie Schindel (Fr. – Outside Hitter), Samantha Shelton (Fr. – Outside/Middle Hitter), Chelsea Stickelman (Fr. – Libero), and Rikki Butler (Fr. – Middle Hitter) will all come in hoping to compete for time on the floor.
The schedule for this fall will be much tougher with over a dozen regional matchups, of which 10 are matches versus PSAC teams. This tougher schedule should help in preparing the team for their WVIAC schedule as well as help with valuable regional ranking points.