Volleyball Opens at Courtland State Tournament
Penn State Behrend volleyball will travel to Cortland State Tournament
for their 2001 opener on Friday, August 31, and Saturday September 1.
Penn State Behrend is in Pool C with Geneseo and St. Lawrence.
Last season the team went 3-1 in the tournament.
The volleyball program is regrouping under the
direction of recently hired head coach Kellie Diehl. "We are excited
about the prospects of the upcoming season," said Diehl. "The
returning players will provide experience early, but the freshman
class will push for playing time." Last year the netters finished
with a 15-13 overall record and played in the AMCC finals.
Leading the Behrend Lions onto the court of
competition will be senior co-captains Brianne Engelbert
(Meadville/Meadville) and Sarah Peterson (Grove City/Grove City).
Engelbert totaled 170 kills and 325 digs last season, while Peterson
looks to bounce back from an injury plagued 2000, after being selected
by her teammates as the team's most improved player as a sophomore.
In addition, sophomore middle-hitter Katie
Butler (Benezette/Elk County Christian), Jessica Niedermeyer
(Conneautville/Conneautville), and Lauren Senkevich
(Hopewell/Hopewell) are back for another season. Butler will work for
more court time this year, while Niedermeyer, an all-conference
performer last season, and Senkevich played in all 28 matches in 2000,
and tallied 222 and 151 kills respectively.
The blue and white will play twelve conference matches along with a top-notch road tournament at Carnegie Mellon. The Behrend Lions are also looking forward to their home tournament on September 14-15 in the Junker Center.