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PREVIEW: Changes abundant for WC volleyball

August 23, 2013

Changes are abundant for the Wilmington College volleyball team, and it starts at the top as Beth Floyd assumes the controls of the program.

Floyd is also the school’s assistant athletic director and softball coach.

“We are looking forward to an exciting season,” said Floyd. “Our young ladies are dedicated to getting better everyday, and will play with passion. Volleyball is a great team sport and we have great team chemistry.”

The Quakers are replacing forty percent of their roster, losing four starters in the process, off a team that went 6-19 a season ago. Most of the team’s offense has graduated as Anne Kennan, Sarah Fisher and Caity Massie combined for 418 of the team’s 660 kills.

Junior Ashley Miller, who spent time as the team’s setter, returns back to her natural middle hitter position. She finished with 113 kills and a team-high 291 assists and 23 service aces. She added 22 blocks and was second on the team with 193 digs.
“Ashley is the consummate team player, and we are looking forward to her having a big year for us,” said Floyd. “She is one of the most athletic players on the roster, and we will put her in the right positions to be successful.”

Juniors Natalie Sparks and Emily Regan also return to bolster the WC lineup. Sparks finished the season with 89 kills, while Regan added 124 digs. Senior Molly Hirtzinger will also see some time along the front row.

The return of sophomores Tabby Biegler and Courtney Hurley, both of whom missed the entire season with injuries, will help give Floyd some athleticism and depth.

“Tabby brings a certain attitude to the court, and we certainly missed it last season,” said Floyd. “We are pleased to have her back on the court.

“Courtney has battled injuries throughout her WC career, and we are really excited to see what she will bring to us on the court,” said Floyd.